Traveling Employee Injured in Car Crash after Meeting Co-Workers for Happy Hour: Is That Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

When is a traveling employee traveling for pleasure, as opposed to business? That was the central issue in a recent workers’ compensation case before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Celebration with Co-Workers In Peters v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Cintas Corporation), a salesman’s job duties entailed spending time in the field to meet with potential…


Driver Accused of DUI Doesn’t Consent to Blood Test: Is ‘Refusal’ Evidence Admissible at Trial?

Last week, we blogged about Pennsylvania’s implied consent statute, pursuant to which anyone driving in the Commonwealth is deemed to consent to chemical testing of their blood to determine its alcoholic content. Regardless of the statute, drivers have the right to refuse testing. However, doing so results in mandatory driver’s license suspension, renders the fact…


Don’t Want Police to Search Your Phone Without a Warrant: Don’t Abandon It in a Public Bathroom Actively Recording

In an age where technology is changing faster than the law can keep up, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently addressed the issue of when police can legally search a smartphone without a warrant. Abandoned Smartphone In Commonwealth v. Kane, a Villanova University student hid a smartphone behind a “wet floor” sign in a co-ed…