In re S.D.

Father and Mother filed these consolidated appeals from the orders, granting the petition of Children and Youth Services to involuntarily terminate their parental rights. Father and Mother also appealed the trial court’s order changing the children’s permanency goal from reunification to adoption. They filed a single notice of appeal to challenge distinct rulings on two … Read more

Commonwealth v. Williams

Williams appealed after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder and related charges. On appeal, he made two primary arguments. First, Williams asserted the trial court erred when it denied his pretrial motion, which challenged the admissibility of the Commonwealth expert’s testimony regarding forensic video analysis. Second, Williams claimed the trial court erred when it … Read more

Greenleaf v. Rothstein

The Pennsylvania Superior Court quashed this appeal. The Court ruled that because of the deficiencies in Appellant’s pro se brief, the Court could not discern what issues he wanted to raise or the arguments he wanted to present.

In re J.D.

In the case of In re J.D., three women alleged that J.D. sexually assaulted them years earlier when they and J.D. were minors. The State filed juvenile delinquency complaints against J.D. and moved to waive certain charges to the Criminal Part to try J.D. as an adult on the alleged assaults that occurred when he … Read more

Rahn v. Consolidated Rail Corop.

In Rahn v. Consolidated Rail Crop., the Pennsylvania Superior Court revisited the issue of forum non conveniens. A former trainmaster filed suit against the defendant, claiming that his cancer resulted from exposure to toxic chemicals at work and that the defendant was negligent in failing to provide him with a reasonably safe workplace. The trainmaster … Read more

Terra Firma Builders, LLC v. King

In Terra Firma Builders, LLC v. King, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court considered the effect of a claimant’s failure to file the required affidavit of service for a mechanics’ lien. Terra Firma Builders filed a mechanics’ lien, but failed to file the affidavit of service, after they were kicked off a construction job. Five years later, … Read more

Commonwealth v. Shreffler

In Commonwealth v. Shreffler, the Pennsylvania Superior Court found all of the appellant’s claims were waived. First, the Court held that the appellant failed to preserve one issue for review by not including it in his statement of matters complained of on appeal. Then, the Court held that his failure to assure that the pre-sentence … Read more

Always Busy Consulting, LLC v. Babford & Co., Inc.

In Always Busy Consulting, LLC v. Babford & Co., Inc., the Pennsylvania Supreme Court considered whether a notice of appeal filed at a single docket number corresponding to the lead case of multiple consolidated civil cases should be quashed. Relying on Commonwealth v. Walker, 185 A.3d 969 (Pa. 2018), the Superior Court quashed the appeal. … Read more

Commonwealth v. Shaw

In Commonwealth v. Shaw, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dealt with the time and manner in which a defendant can raise a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel during post-conviction proceedings pursuant to the Post Conviction Relief Act. Here, after post-conviction relief was denied, PCRA counsel filed a notice of appeal but failed to include in … Read more

Commonwealth v. Wentzel

In Commonwealth v. Wentzel, the defendant appealed after a jury found him guilty of resisting arrest. The Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed. First, the Court discussed the propriety of the appeal. The Court noted the general rule that in cases where the trial court amends the judgment of sentence during the period it maintains jurisdiction, the … Read more