Pittsburgh Legal Back Talk

Legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus.

1410 Posts and Counting

Dear Free Lawyer — Answers To Legal Questions For Nothin’.

No. 729 Dear Free Lawyer: I have to make lots of trips to the bathroom due to one of those conditions that come with age. Am I entitled to get unemployment as a door to door salesman because I can’t do my job? — Frequent Flyer Dear Frequent: Don’t count on it.  For one thing, […]

No, this is not the Animal Planet Blog.

No. 718  I can’t resist posting this photo, origin unknown, that appeared in a blog called Kellypuffs today. If you go there, you’ll be rewarded by a haiku written for the event. Thanks once again to Meredyth for finding this item.  On this first full day of Fall, it is not too soon to start thinking […]


No. 716 So — I read in the Freakonomics Blog last week that I could ask questions  of  the authors of a book called Willpower. This sounded like a great idea, but I hadn’t read the book.  And so I clicked the link and bought the book, downloading instantly on my Kindle. In my excitement, […]

Creating Jobs 2011: A Modest Proposal.

No. 703 Everybody is talking about creating jobs. The President is going to make a major speech on the subject, which will be over in time for Thursday Night Football.   I’m here to tell you that we are already creating jobs at a furious pace.  What does an American do when he gets extra […]

Help! I’m Being Held Prism by Microsoft Word!

No. 689 Have you noticed that  word processing software has been trying to finish your words lately? Like in the last sentence, it wanted to complete the partial word  that became “processing”  to “procession”?  If you look at your keyboard all the time like I do because I never learned to type [it suggested “tip” […]

What the Hell is a Multiverse and Why Do I Care?

According to Wikipedia, the multiverse is a “hypothetical set of multiple possible universes (including the historical universe we consistently experience) that together comprise everything that exists: the entirety of space, time, matter and energy as well as the physical laws and constants that surround them.” Well, that was helpful.

Add “That’s Church” to Your Prayer List.

That’s Church is the most entertaining, if irreverent and often bawdy, publication in Pittsburgh. The title is derived from an expression (which I have never heard used anywhere else) that is supposed to mean “that’s the truth.” I think.

Creative Taxation, strike that, Revenue Enhancement.

No. 602 Pennsylvania’s new Governor probably didn’t have to pledge no tax increases in order to be elected.  But he did. In due course, he announced his first budget.  After a couple weeks of public rage, his poll numbers were so low that he ranked just below stink bugs.  Then, last week, after it appeared […]

Pittsburgh Legal Back Talk Wins Major Award. Greatest Ever.

Adrian Baron, the author of Nutmeg Lawyer, says that my guest post, Why Blog? 10.5 Reasons, has been viewed 19,000 times on his blog. Imagine that — over three times the membership of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

St. Patrick’s Day Alert: Public Urination is Prohibited in the City of Pittsburgh.

The City of Pittsburgh passed an ordinance in 2009 [ No. 2009-1731] specifically prohibiting public urination and defication. There is no such offense in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, so the City Counsel felt that it needed one. Thus, this offense is tried in the City Housing Court. The Crimes Code does, however, contain a prohibition against public drunkenness and there is always the old favorite, disorderly conduct.

« go backkeep looking »


CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 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.

  • Recent Posts

  • Posts You Might Like

  • Subscribe to our feed