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Category: Appellate

Schnader Seeks to Protect Attorney-Client Communications for Incarcerated Individuals in PA

On October 30, 2018 by Schnader in Alternative Dispute Resolution

A team led by Keith E. Whitson, Managing Partner of Schnader’s Pittsburgh Office, is representing incarcerated individuals and nonprofit organizations in litigation aimed at stopping the unconstitutional practice of confiscating and copying all incoming legal mail by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC). Schnader’s team also includes Stephanie A. Short, […]

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All companies registered to do business in Pennsylvania are subject to the courts’ general jurisdiction

On July 2, 2018 by Schnader in Appellate

In a decision not following developing nationwide rulings regarding the effect of registration to do business, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, in a unanimous decision, held that foreign companies that register to do business in Pennsylvania have “consented” to general personal jurisdiction in the Commonwealth. The Court in Webb-Benjamin, LLC v. International Rug Group, […]

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Requiring Public Employees to Pay Union Agency Fees Found Unconstitutional – Potentially Striking A Major Blow To Union Purses And Influence

On June 28, 2018 by Schnader in Appellate

By Rachel A.H. Horton and Michael J. Wietrzychowski In a widely-anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, narrowly held that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits public sector unions from charging public employees an agency fee where an […]

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Third Circuit and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Issue Important Appellate Jurisdiction Decisions With Lessons for Trial and Appellate Lawyers

On June 6, 2018 by Schnader in Appellate

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued decisions addressing seemingly esoteric matters of appellate procedure. Yet trial and appellate practitioners within the Third Circuit and Pennsylvania should take careful note of the courts’ rulings.  First, on May 31, […]

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