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The Parent/Child Waiver that Wasn’t (Entirely)

Fear not parents – it turns out the countless school, church, and athletic club waivers, shoved under your nose for your immediate and ever-lasting signature, actually have very little effect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  In Pennsylvania, the potential right of a child to bring a lawsuit for injuries suffered is considered the personal property Read More

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Long Road to Healthcare for Same-sex Partners in PA

The Path to Health Care for Same-Sex Partners Bryce Ginther and Kit Kineef have become the latest plaintiffs in the effort to expand Pennsylvania’s recognition of rights for same-sex marriage and partnerships. In a federal lawsuit filed on February 11 against Arcelormittal, a steel mill and Ginther’s employer, the men allege that Kineef was wrongfully Read More

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‘Dog Days’ of Tort Liability for Those Who Intentionally Harm Pets

‘Dog Days’ of Tort Liability for Those Who Intentionally Harm Pets? The California Court of Appeals has issued a ruling that follows a recent trend in emotional distress caselaw, acknowledging the emotional value between dogs and humans.  The case, Plotnik v. Meihaus, concerned a long running dispute between two neighbors that came to a head when the Defendant, Read More

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Hoping to Vote, Say Cheese

Hoping to Vote?  Say Cheese! PA’s new voter ID law faces its first court challenge this week.  The law’s major requirement, that every voter must have photo identification, has been called by many on the left a “modern-day poll tax” while those on the right consider it a perfectly rational step in today’s society.  With Read More

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Governor’s Budget Cuts General Assistance

State Budget Proposal – Governor’s Budget Cuts General Assistance Governor Corbett’s most recent proposal for Pennsylvania’s 2012-2013 budget announced deep cuts to General Assistance programs that serve the state’s neediest, most vulnerable residents. The Governor’s budget calls for eliminating General Assistance direct cash assistance entirely and slashing funding of General Assistance-related medical assistance by as much as Read More

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PA lawmakers Out-of-Touch on Gay Rights

A New York appellate court has unanimously ruled that being falsely labeled as a homosexual does not qualify as defamation per se.  The Court’s opinion stressed that previous rulings upholding the defamation label were based upon the false premise that it is shameful or disgraceful to be labeled gay, lesbian or bisexual. Justice Thomas Mercure wrote Read More

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