Court entered partial judgment on behalf of client who sued municipality for overcharging municipal fees.
Allegheny County judge sustained preliminary objections for lack of personal jurisdiction, which had the effect of dismissing a contract suit (seeking treble damages) against an out-of-state, home- appliance manufacturer.
Following four years of litigation and a three-and-a-half day bench trial, clients were awarded $70,000+ in damages and attorneys’ fees in a civil action alleging claims of fraud and violations of Pennsylvania’s Seller Disclosure and Unfair Trade Practices acts.
After a PCRA hearing, the court vacated client’s prior judgment that had made the client a “Person Not to Possess a Firearm,” and granted a new trial on the grounds that client’s prior attorney rendered ineffective assistance of counsel. Result of new trial allowed client’s constitutional right to bear arms to be restored.
The lower court dismissed client’s post-conviction claim seeking a new trial on the basis that his attorney rendered ineffective assistance for failing to argue an obvious defense to the fleeing-and-eluding law. The crux of the claim centered on how the word “markings” was to be interpreted in order for the defense to apply. Did “markings” include a “unmarked” police vehicle’s … Read More
Judge sentenced client to 6 to 12 months in jail without considering individualized sentencing factors. The court’s sentence was objected to on the grounds that it violated the sentencing code and an appeal was taken. The client was granted a bail pending appeal. In a published opinion, the Superior Court reversed the lower court and vacated the client’s sentence finding … Read More
After a preliminary hearing, magistrate dismissed charges of robbery and kidnapping based upon surveillance footage at client’s employer providing an alibi defense.
Client was charged with felony and misdemeanor counts related to endangering the welfare of children and failure to report alleged child abuse. Following the preliminary hearing, the felony count was dismissed for lack of evidence. And following the filing of Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus at the trial court level, the remaining misdemeanor offenses were dismissed.
After suppression hearing, court held client’s joint bank accounts were illegally searched without valid consent or proper warrant, thereby effectively dismissing felony charge that alleged the misappropriation of a $250,000.
After suppression hearing, court held that client’s car was illegally searched by Pennsylvania State Police trooper and accordingly suppressed discovered contraband, which could have justified lengthy prison sentence.