MERSCORP, Inc. v. Delaware Cty., 160 A.3d 961 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2017), appeal docket 67 MAP 2017

Allocatur granted Oct. 31, 2017.  Duty to Record Land Conveyances; Standing under 21 P.S. § 351

Whether the Commonwealth Court erred in ruling that Respondents may systematically evade Pennsylvania’s land recording statutes, including 21 P.S. § 351, and not record many thousands of conveyances in the Offices of the Recorders of Deeds across the Commonwealth?

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In Re: T.S., E.S., minors, Pet of: T.H.-H., 2017 WL 3669504 (Pa. Super. 2017)(unreported), appeal docket 50 WAP 2017

Allocatur granted Oct. 26, 2017.  Appointment of Independent Counsel for Minor Children; Termination of Parental Rights

Whether the Superior Court erred in failing to require that the court appoint counsel for a child in a contested termination of parental rights hearing as required by 23 Pa. C.S. § 2313(a) and In re L.B.M., 161 A.3d 172 (Pa. 2017)?

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Snyder Bros., Inc. v. Pa Pub. Util. Comm’n, 157 A.3d 1018 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2017), appeal docket 47 WAP 2017

Allocatur granted Oct. 18, 2017.  Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee Act, Act 13 of 2012; Statutory Construction

On a question of first impression involving substantial public interest, did the Commonwealth Court err in finding that the definition of “stripper well” in the Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee Act of 2012 (Act 13), was clear and unambiguous?

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Commonwealth v. Small, 2017 WL 1423608 (unreported)(Pa. Super. 2017), appeal docket 63 MAP 2017

Allocatur granted Oct. 17, 2017.  Acceptance of Newly Discovered Evidence; Cumulative and Corroborating Evidence

Whether the Superior Court erred in reversing the PCRA court’s grant of a new trial based on after-discovered evidence by finding that Tyson’s testimony was merely cumulative and corroborative of the exculpatory evidence presented at Petitioner’s trial?

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Pa. State Police, Liquor Control Bd. v. Jet-Set Restaurant, LLC, 2017 WL 1365605 (unreported) (Pa. Cmwlth. 2017), appeal docket 61 MAP 2017

Allocatur granted Oct. 13, 2017.  Definition of “Frequenting” under 2003 Amendment to Liquor Code

Does the definition of “frequenting” set forth in Appeal of Speranza, 206 A.2d 292 (Pa. 1965) still apply to Section 4-493(14) of the Liquor Code, or do the 2003 Amendments to the Code demonstrate the General Assembly’s intent that a minor may not be inside a licensed premises even a single time unless one of the exceptions enumerated in Section 4-493(14) applies?

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Szabo v. Commonwealth, Department of Transportation, 159 A.3d 604 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2017), appeal docket 46 WAP 2017

Allocatur granted Oct. 12, 2017.  Adequacy of Condemnation Plan; Eminent Domain Code; Preliminary Objections

By failing to file preliminary objections pursuant to section 306 of the Eminent Domain Code, 26 Pa. C.S. § 306, did Respondents waive their right to assert ownership and seek additional just compensation for the condemnation of two parcels which were allegedly mistakenly depicted as belonging to two other legal entities in plans attached to the declaration of taking?

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Commonwealth v. Hicks, 2017 WL 1176412 (Pa. Super. 2017)(unreported), appeal docket 56 MAP 2017

Allocatur granted Oct. 2, 2017.  Possession of a concealed firearm; reasonable suspicion for investigative detention

Whether the Superior Court’s bright line rule holding that possession of a concealed firearm in public is sufficient to create reasonable suspicion is a matter of such substantial public importance as to require prompt and definitive resolution by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court?

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