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Welcome back to work, to pretending to work, or to looking for work.  In other news:

  • Newly-elected Superior Court Judge David Wecht may dissuade his colleagues from issuing so many decisions via unpublished memoranda.  Judge Wecht has been an advocate for greater transparency and accountability for the courts.  “I believe a starting point needs to be the full availability of the finished and issued work of the Superior Court for inspection by all,” he’s said.  [Post-Gazette]
  • If you were wondering, you have no right of privacy in your Facebook posts, regardless of what you’ve done with your settings on there.  Three Pennsylvania courts have ordered parties in litigation to turn over Facebook content that contradicts what they’ve said or produced in discovery.  This is actually narrower than some federal decisions, which have ordered third-party witnesses to turn over Facebook information.  [Post-Gazette]
  • Department of Labor: employers cannot retaliate against employees who refuse to follow instructions because of a good faith belief that thos instructions are unsafe.  [Post-Gazette]
  • Harrisburg newspaper calls for clearer recusal guidelines for Pennsylvania state judges.  [Patriot]
  • Cliff Tuttle swoops in to the rescue in a Constitutional law quandary posed on Avvo.com.  [Pittsburgh Legal Backtalk]