Although there are a few exceptions, Pennsylvania law requires that legal process be served by the County Sheriff’s Office. But what is a sheriff’s deputy to do when the defendant he is supposed to serve has posted her property with “No Trespassing” signs and has a locked gate across her driveway? Does the deputy infringe…

Hurricane Irma Extends Filing Deadlines The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently announced that, due to weather conditions in the Virgin Islands, any non-emergency filing (e.g. briefs, case opening documents,) in a Virgin Islands case that is due during the period September 5 through September 12 will be due on September 13. Further extensions may…

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that only a physician, not a member of his staff, must obtain “informed consent” from a patient before performing medical procedures. Brain Surgery In Shinal v. Toms, Dr. Steven Toms, the chief of neurosurgery at Geisinger in Danville performed surgery to remove a tumor in Megan Shinal’s brain. During…