Posted by Cliff Tuttle What happens when a landlord gives back a tenant’s security deposit and subsequently sues for damages? Thirty days have passed and no list of damages was given by the landlord to the tenant. Does this failure to provide a list of damages bar recovery pursuant to Section 512(b) of the Pennsylvania [...]
Posted by Cliff Tuttle Here is a concise Q&A on the current economic upheaval as guest posted on the Freakonomics blog by two experts from the University of Chicago School of Economics. Required reading during a week when the words “since the Great Depression” are starting to appear everywhere. Click here. CLT
Posted by Cliff Tuttle Once again, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog featured a case in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. District Judge Terrance McVerry held that cell phone records sought by police for the purpose of establishing the whereabouts of a suspect require a warrant. Here is the [...]
September is hereby declared to be Landlord-Tenant Month on Pittsburgh Legal Back Talk. Check your knowledge of basic LL/TT law in this little True and False Quiz. Then, watch this blog every day for articles about the topics covered by this Quiz and more. Make a record of your answers to these ten questions before checking the Official Answers.
Even when voluntary, it just doesn’t seem right, does it? Should we permit people to voluntarily consent to such an invasion of their body? Who should be permitted to relinquish so much privacy? Would you agree to be chipped in exchange for something you really need? Like a job? Like a life-saving operation?
“What is it about zero cost that we find so irresistible? Why does free! make us so happy? After all, free! can lead us into trouble: things that we would never consider purchasing become incredibly appealing as soon as they are free! For instance, have you ever gathered up free pencils, key chains, and note pads at a conference, even though you’d have to carry them home and would only throw most of them away? Have you ever stood in line for a very long time (too long), just to get a free cone of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream? Or have you bought two of a product that you wouldn’t have chosen in the first place, just to get the third one for free?
What is it about free! that’s so enticing? Why do we have an irrational urge to jump for a free! item, even when it’s not what we really want?
I believe the answer is this. Most transactions have an upside and a downside, but when something is free! we forget the downside. Free! gives us such an emotional charge
that we perceive what is being offered as immensely more valuable than it really is. Why? I think it’s because humans are intrinsically afraid of loss. The real allure of free! is tied to this fear. There’s no visible possibility of loss when we choose a free! item (it’s free). But suppose we choose the item that’s not free. Uh- oh, now there’s a risk of having made a poor decision—the possibility of a loss. And so, given the choice, we go for what is free.”
No, our dog was not rescued from Katrina. But had it not been for the kindness and devotion of Robin and her family, we would have never been able to adopt a wonderful dog. Now, she is about the business of saving other dogs in every meaning of the word. We are grateful that there are deeply devoted people in the world like Robin. We hope and pray that Robin, her family and every one of their dogs, are safe and dry tonight and that they will soon be safe at home.
What is the point of renewing a notary commission? Do we actually forget how to notarize and need retraining? Is there a danger that someone will start using our equipment? The answer is: None of the above. Being a notary is so easy that the essentials of most notorial duties (except perhaps motor vehicles and a few specialties) can be learned in 15 minutes. The real purpose of the quadrennial renewal process is to collect fees. Yes, they are user fees, but did you ever consider that the fee is for the purpose of processing the renewal and if there were no renewals, there would be no need for fees?