In a previous post, I wrote about the Barrick v. Holy Spirit decision and its impact upon discovery of communications between attorneys and experts. To summarize, the superior court reached an 8-1 en banc decision holding that communications between a lawyer and an expert witness were not discoverable. After an appeal, the Supreme Court reached a 3-3 split decision on this issue, meaning that the superior court decision was still the law in Pennsylvania.
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Stark & Stark would like to congratulate Shareholder, Joseph Cullen Jr., Esq. for his re-election as Vice Chair of the Bucks County Republican Committee. Joe will be serving his second two year term in this position. Joe is a Shareholder and member of Stark & Stark’s Accident and Personal Injury group. His office is located in the Bucks County, Yardley office.
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In a 4-2 vote, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that law enforcement may perform warrantless searches of motor vehicles without the existence of exigent circumstances. Now, the only prerequisite for a warrantless vehicle search is the existence of probable cause to search. Previously, there had to be both probable cause and exigent circumstances in order for law enforcement to perform such a search. With this decision, the Court has removed the additional privacy protection against unreasonable searches and seizures previously afforded to Pennsylvanians and has aligned the Commonwealth’s law with current federal law.
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Stark & Stark is pleased to announce that Shareholder, Carin A. O’Donnell, Esq., member of the firm’s Accident and Personal Injury Group is lecturing at the “Superstar” seminar “Rules & Case Selection” in Atlanta, Georgia on May 3, 2014. Ms. O’Donnell will be lecturing to attorneys across the United States about her trial techniques and successful plaintiff verdicts. Ms. O’Donnell was invited to speak by the nationally known trial lawyer and co author of the book, “The Reptile”, Don Keenan. For more information about the event, click here.
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Joseph A. Cullen, Jr., Shareholder in Stark & Stark’s Accident and Personal Injury Group, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority by the Bucks County Board of Commissioners on September 22, 2013. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Cullen is a part of the leadership team responsible for the 14th largest convention facility in the country and approximately 250 events ranging from internationally attended conventions to regional company retreats. Mr. Cullen’s term will expire on December 31, 2016.
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The so-called “benevolent gesture” bill has passed the Pennsylvania Senate and has moved on to the House.  The bill would allow health care providers to apologize to patients following a poor medical outcome without concern that the apology would be used against them in a subsequent medical malpractice case.  If passed, the bill would make