February 7, 2016 |
Philadelphia Media Network is fighting prosecutors' efforts to obtain documents that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is accused of illegally leaking to the Daily News in a bid to embarrass a political rival. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said he was seeking the documents given to reporter Chris Brennan, then with the Daily News, because he would like to conduct fingerprint and DNA testing on them. Michael A. Schwartz, a lawyer who appeared on behalf of Brennan at a court hearing Friday in Norristown, said he was "asserting the Shield Law protection in order not to reveal a confidential source of Mr. Brennan's.
February 6, 2016 |
The state Supreme Court on Friday unanimously rejected Attorney General Kathleen Kane's request that it reverse its suspension of her law license, clearing the way for the state Senate to vote on whether to remove her from office. Last month, the embattled attorney general asked the court to undo the suspension, saying its 5-0 decision in September was "incurably tainted" by the participation of Justice J. Michael Eakin, who is now facing misconduct charges because of his involvement in the so-called Porngate scandal.
February 5, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I am dreading a trip that includes a visit to my husband's mother, "Harriet. " She is prone to "accidents" when I visit, and I always end up getting hurt. Harriet's "oops" moments usually involve my toes and feet, although the last time I was there, she managed to strike my face. I have taken the precaution of looking up the phone number of the police department in her city, just in case she hits me again. Is there a way to keep her at arm's length so she can't get close enough to punch me?
February 5, 2016 |
Citing reports of deadly tip-over accidents, Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. said Wednesday that he was preparing to introduce legislation that could require manufacturers to make their furniture more stable. In a letter, the Pennsylvania Democrat also challenged seven of the largest U.S. retailers to take immediate steps to raise awareness of tip-overs, including selling restraints near products that have the potential to topple if not anchored to a wall. "It's kind of hard to comprehend that with all of the advances in technology . . . when we have the means to stop this, that we're not taking the action that we need to take," Casey said.
February 3, 2016 |
John Y. Gotanda, dean of the Villanova Law School, will leave that job in June to take over as president of Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu. Gotanda, who taught for more than a decade at the law school and held various administrative posts before being named dean in 2011, took over during a time of upheaval and trauma. No sooner had he been named dean than the law school disclosed that admissions data for incoming students had been falsified for an undetermined number of years, an apparent attempt to raise the school's position in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.
January 31, 2016
Guido Calabresi is the author of "The Future of Law and Economics: Essays in Reform and Recollection" For the last 50 or so years, there has been no approach to law that has been more influential than the use of economic theory to look at what the legal system is doing, and to rely on that theory to confirm or criticize the law. While I believe this to be an immensely useful endeavor, I also believe that the approach has increasingly been...
January 29, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - A Senate panel recommended Wednesday that the full chamber vote on whether to oust Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, but only if the state Supreme Court reaffirms its decision to suspend her law license. The seven-member panel stopped short of saying whether it believed Kane should be removed from office. It left that judgment up to the entire Senate, which will consider the question only after the high court rules on Kane's petition to overturn the suspension of her license.
January 27, 2016 |
Just in time for the blizzard of 2016, New Jersey's "Right to Shovel" bill became law last week, paving the way for teens and others to clear driveways and sidewalks without having to apply for a solicitation permit that could cost a few hundred dollars. A year ago, as a storm threatened the area, two teens in Bound Brook, Somerset County, were stopped by police while going door-to-door handing out fliers to homeowners and offering to shovel in their neighborhoods. They were told a local ordinance required them to obtain 24 hours in advance a permit that could have cost them about $200, according to published reports.
January 25, 2016
Uber, the rent-a-ride service, is not the only Silicon Valley-backed upstart company accused of ignoring the law to win customers and disrupt its state-approved rivals. On Jan. 15, federal Judge J. Curtis Joyner signed a 77-page memo upholding the Pennsylvania Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection's right to challenge "Rent-a-Bank" and "Rent-a-Tribe" schemes used by Fort Worth-based Think Finance Inc. and its affiliates under state law. The state says Think Finance paid the former First Bank of Delaware to act as a front so it could dodge the state's ban on unregulated companies' making high-fee, high-interest loans here.
January 22, 2016 |
Villanova University will rename its School of Law for a 1973 alumnus who went on to a career in investment management, marking the first time that one of the university's schools will carry the name of a donor. Charles "Chuck" Widger, founder and executive chairman of Brinker Capital, a Berwyn investment management firm, gave the school $25 million, the second-largest donation in Villanova's history, the university announced Wednesday. The money is largely to be used for scholarships for students who show leadership skills and an interest in both business and law - worlds that Widger has bridged.