October 2018

There’s more than one way to …

... find personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state corporation. We recently posted a blog about general personal jurisdiction: “Pennsylvania is Consensual Quicksand.” Today is specific personal jurisdiction, in which the suit must arise out of or relate to the defendant’s contacts with the forum.

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"I'm coming up on the 2nd anniversary of my breast cancer surgery and from that perspective things are looking good."

In September of 2016 I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I had gone for a routine annual mammogram which turned out to be anything but routine.  Accustomed to getting the all-clear, I was quite taken aback when the interpreting radiologist took me to a private room and showed me what was concerning on the film.  My gut instinct upon seeing the film was that a biopsy would come back positive for malignancy and indeed it did. The good news was that the cancer wasn’t invasive; the bad news was that I had cancer at all.   Because this type of breast cancer has the potential of growing and becoming invasive it had to go. So I underwent surgery, followed by five grueling weeks of radiation. Having to undergo radiation on a daily basis was pretty rough.  At Pennsylvania Hospital, where I had the radiation, there’s a bell in the waiting room that patients ring when they’ve completed their course of treatment. After the last treatment I rang the bell and the other patients cheered! And after a six-month follow-up mammogram I was declared cancer-free.  

In most cases the key to overcoming breast cancer is early detection, when the cancer is most treatable.  My aunt Ann, who never had a mammogram until she was in her eighties, died of breast cancer. So did my cousin Connie, who for a long time was in denial and then spent thousands on holistic healing and quack remedies, eschewing conventional medicine.  My mother, on the other hand, was diagnosed with breast cancer in her fifties and lived to be 92. She felt a lump in one breast, knew that something was wrong and sought medical attention without delay. Of course there are exceptions. A friend of a friend was recently diagnosed with a particularly virulent, aggressive form of breast cancer which quickly metastasized to the liver and she is now in hospice, dying of liver cancer.

It has been estimated that women in the USA have a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.  Those are not good odds. And that's why breast cancer awareness is so crucial. Mammography, self-examination and regular visits to a GYN can save many lives.  In my case the cancer was not palpable so the only way it could be detected was by mammography and subsequent biopsy. That’s why I remain a strong advocate of annual mammograms.  For the rest of my life I will be worried about a recurrence – as is common in those who’ve had breast cancer once – but at least I’m staying on top of things and getting regular screenings.   I'm coming up on the 2nd anniversary of my breast cancer surgery and from that perspective things are looking good.

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A few things to keep in mind if you hit it big with the Mega Millions

Lottery mania has been electric across the U.S. and it’s no surprise with the Mega-Million reaching a record high of 1.6 Billion dollars! Here are a few things to keep in mind if you happen to be the lucky winner.

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Pennsylvania is Consensual Quicksand

Firefighters in New York suffered hearing loss from the excessive noise of fire engine sirens. They sued the manufacturer of the sirens in Pennsylvania. The manufacturer had minimal contacts with Pennsylvania. The manufacturer was registered to do business in Pennsylvania.

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Mixed News on PA Video Production

Breaking news every day recently has focused on journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A video camera showed him walking into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. No video shows him leaving the consulate. This is strong circumstantial evidence that he never left alive. Back home, video can be even more significant by showing directly what happened in an incident. Recent Pennsylvania law has had mixed news on requiring production of videos.

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Trust the Process

Tonight, the Philadelphia 76ers head north to Boston to kick off the NBA season against the Celtics.  As a lifelong Sixers fan, this has been the most hopeful and excited I’ve been in quite a long time. That’s because for years, the Sixers have asked their fans to “trust the process” – to be patient and trust the organization to take the right steps to return the team to its former glory. At times it’s been frustrating and we the fans have questioned some of the team’s decisions and suffered through the setbacks, but we have been assured that even though it might take years and there might be bumps in the road, “the process” would ultimately lead to success.

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If You Can Be Anything in this World, Be Kind

As we approach the winter season the days get shorter and darkness is more evident in our daily comings and goings.  I leave for the office in the dark, and in a few short weeks I’ll be coming home in the dark.  Soon, the only daylight I’ll get to experience during my work week is during my brief walk to get a bite to eat at lunchtime.  The seasonal darkness can bring on a variety of maladies, both emotional and physical.  And it seems a harbinger of what may await us all.

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