Monroe County Pennsylvania Legal News The Pocono Record recently reported that the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Philadelphia, rejected a lawsuit filed against Monroe County Sheriff Todd Martin and Ross Township solicitor John Dunn. The case arose out of a shooting incident at the Ross Township Municipal building resulting in multiple deaths. Read…

A 15-year-old Connecticut student at a private boarding school in Connecticut (The Hotchkiss School) sued her school in federal court after she contracted tick-borne encephalitis on an educational trip to China the school organized. A jury awarded her $41.75 million. My first reaction to the headline, and maybe you share this view, was that the…

On August 3, 2017, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a federal civil rights lawsuit victims filed against Ross Township, Pennsylvania officials. The victims sought recovery for their injuries and the deaths of their family members when Township resident Rockne Newell opened fire on innocent bystanders attending a  2013 Supervisors meeting. Three people were…

I just wrote a post on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s recent decision to re-visit when schools and municipalities may be held liable for dangerous conditions on their properties. Brewington The case I wrote about was Brewington v. City of Philadelphia, 149 A.3d 901 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2016). The PA Supreme Court will decide in Brewington whether…

Suing School Districts and other Pennsylvania municipal bodies has traditionally been very difficult because of an immunity statute called the “Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act.” It’s a long name for a Pennsylvania law that says that government agencies are immune from being sued unless the claim falls within eight very narrow exceptions to immunity. One…

Pocono music lovers were treated to a wonderful performance this past Friday by the National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO-China) on the campus of East Stroudsburg University (ESU). If you think that “youth orchestra” suggests less than virtuosity, you’d be sadly mistaken. These are brilliant students with many attending Julliard and other top international music…

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled in Fields v. City of Philadelphia that the 1st Amendment protects your right to film police officers. Judge Ambro wrote the decision and  began his opinion by referencing the Rodney King beating by the LA Police Department. He noted that with advances in technology and the widespread ownership…

Joseph De Ritis was an Assistant Public Defender for Delaware County, Pennsylvania. To explain a perceived demotion to judges, other attorneys, and county officials, De Ritis circulated a rumor he had heard that he was being punished for taking too many cases to trial. After the Public Defender fired De Ritis for those statements, De…

The Dilemma of Non-Uniform Tax Assessments The only thing certain for Pennsylvanians, at least in 2017, is death and real estate taxes. This adaptation of a famous quote was attributed to one of our greatest Pennsylvania residents, Benjamin Franklin. Amid efforts to entirely eliminate real estate taxes, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court just addressed the issue…

John Daubert went to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for treatment of lower back pain and was billed $46 by a radiologist for X-rays. Daubert’s insurer contributed $21, so Daubert was responsible for the remaining $25. He failed to pay the small bill so his account was transferred to NRA, a debt collector. NRA was also given…