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Pa. Supreme Court grants appeal to determine whether Philly can assess tax on soft drinks.

No. 1,408 The Pa. Supreme Court granted an allowance of appeal to determine whether the City can collect a “soda tax” when state sales tax is already imposed upon the product. LORA JEAN WILLIAMS et al. v. CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, 321 EAL 2017, 322 EAL 2017.

Vote Yes on the Judicial Retirement Constitutional Amendment

No. 1,288 Two newspapers on the other side of the State have editorialized against the ballot initiative to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to raise the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75.  The principal reason why they are against this measure is that the ballot doesn’t state that the current retirement age is […]

Electronic Trespass

No. 1,270 If you would like to read a legal analysis concerning whether the producers of Pokemon Go are guilty of trespass to land or perhaps creating an attractive nuisance, click on this link to a blog called Associate’s Mind. It sounds preposterous, the idea that imaginary Pokemon animals are trespassing on land.  After all, […]

From the Archives: Philadelphia’s Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program — July 2008.

No. 1,200 In order to celebrate Post No. 1,200, I am reprinting one of the first posts I wrote in this blog, dated July 21, 2008. At the time, the effects of the mortgage bubble collapse were being felt, including in Pittsburgh.  Hundreds of mortgage foreclosure actions were being filed followed by default judgments in […]

Supreme Court Amends Rules to Permit Minors to Sue and Be Sued in Magistrate’s Court Without Appointment of a Guardian

No. 1,140 IN RE; ORDER AMENDING RULES 801-816 AND 820 AND RESCINDING RULE 817 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE GOVERNING ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS BEFORE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES.  Magisterial Rules Docket No. 382, March 13, 2015 It is now possible for a minor (defined as a person under age 18) to sue and be […]

Old Dogs/New Tricks and Other Bunk We Tell Ourselves.

No. 1,135 It is hard to think of an old adage that is more disempowering than this one. It is a negative idea, intended to discourage old dogs from even trying to learn something.  In a rapidly changing world, this leads to the marginalization of some of our most experienced and capable people. As a […]

Supreme Court Initiates Sanctions Against Lawyer Who Let His Client Tell Him How To State The Argument In A Petition

No. 1,123 In the Matter of Discipline of Howard Neil Shipley, No. 14D2827. Live long enough and you can see everything. Every lawyer has had clients who want to micromanage the case.  Its a serious handicap.  But most of the time, it just makes the task harder. But not always. In a rare move, the […]

Attorneys: The Law is Changing Regarding Powers of Attorney

The changes under Act 95 are too numerous and have too many new implications to be summarized here. Any attorney undertaking to prepare a power of attorney after January 1 should become familiar with the provisions of Act 95 before drafting.

Landlords Beware: Low Income Tenants are Better Represented.

Landlords who have represented themselves in the past at the arbitration level and in a trial before a judge should take note. The pro-bono lawyers may not appear until the last minute — literally. You may not be aware that your tenant has a lawyer until you meet him/her in the arbitration room or the courtroom.

CFPB Plans a Pilot Program for eClosings

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it intends conduct a pilot program for eClosings. CFPB says that consumers are frustrated because of the inability to understand disclosures and thus make informed decisions when applying for a residential mortgage. It intends to address this need, it announced, by requiring settlement sheets to be delivered three days before closing, effective August 1, 2015.

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CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 40 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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