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Ho ho ho! We’re back. What have we missed?

  • News of the latest charges against Janine Orie must have finally traveled to Philadelphia. The Legal Intelligencer ran a big article on the allegations about Justice Orie Melvin’s staff being ordered to do campaign work.  Justice Orie Melvin “has to step down,” Duquesne University School of Law Bruce Ledewitz told the newspaper. “All of her professional life, she has stood against scandal in the judiciary. It is a tragedy that she is so close to the situation that she cannot see that her refusal to act in an honorable way is now undermining her entire legacy.”  [Legal Intelligencer]
  • In a case that probably has Edgar Snyder seething right now, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff’s car insurance company can prorate the deductible when subrogating expenses from a third party at fault.  The court reasoned that when you choose lesser coverage in exchange for a big deductible, you’re assuming the risk of having to pay out the deductible, and making the third party cover your deductible would be an unfair bonus.  [Legal Intelligencer]
  • The Post-Gazette discussed legal problems raised by coal mining in the area, and profiled a specialist.  [Post-Gazette]
  • Two Pennsylvania cases bucked the trend of giving adverse parties unfettered access to each other’s Facebook pages. Actually, one of the cases involved a MySpace page — apparently they still use that over in Luzerne County. The courts denied access to private profile information where none of the publicly accessible profile information pointed to the reasonable likelihood of discoverable information.  [Post-Gazette] HOWEVER: it’s still a bad idea to post pictures of yourself posing with stolen goods, just in case.  [MSNBC]
  • Cliff Tuttle predicts gamesmanship in the ongoing Allegheny County property tax reassessment.  [Pittsburgh Legal Backtalk]