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Cocktails To-Go Approved in Pennsylvania

Posted May 28th, 2020 by Munley Law Blog.

Cocktails to-go allowed in Pennsylvania, under these conditions…

Pennsylvania has joined many other states around the country in allowing restaurants and bars to serve take-out cocktails.  With bipartisan backing, Governor Tom Wolf signed this temporary measure.  The new law applies to hotels and licensed restaurants and taverns that have lost at least 25% of their average monthly sales as a result of restrictions placed on them during the covid pandemic.  The hope is that this new flexibility will allow restaurants not only to stay in business but to possibly hire back additional employees that may have been furloughed. 

The drinks must be a combination of spirits and mixers and must be made on the premises.  Wine and cocktails made with wine are not included.  

The beverages must be served in sealed containers no smaller than 4 ounces and no larger than 64 ounces.  […]

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Pandemic closures linked to bad driving among teens, adults

Posted May 27th, 2020 by Munley Law.

Coronavirus pandemic-related closures leave some drivers out of practice, encourage recklessness in others

New analysis from AAA suggests that the coronavirus pandemic may have something to do with worsening driving skills, particularly among young people.

Good driving is all about developing good habits, and that takes practice. For a young driver still developing those habits, two or three months without regular practice can stall their progress. That means that when they get behind the wheel again for the first time in months, it’s likely that their skills will be a bit rusty and they’ll be more prone to accidents. This is especially important for parents to remember as many pandemic-related restrictions are lifting just as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers are beginning.

Historically, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the worst time of year for fatal auto accidents involving teen drivers. […]

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Understanding damages in a personal injury case

Posted May 26th, 2020 by Munley Law.

How are damages determined in a personal injury case? What kinds of damages can I be compensated for?

Victims who were hurt by car crashes, truck collisions, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, asbestos exposure, or defective products can file lawsuits to recover for damages. The term “damages” refers to the amount of money that those victims are awarded to compensate for the financial losses, pain, and suffering that their injuries caused.

What Is the Difference Between Economic and Non-economic Damages?

They are two main types of damages in personal injury cases: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic Damages can be thought of as the concrete financial costs caused by an injury. Examples of economic damages include the costs of medical treatments, procedures, medications, surgeries, and hospital stays, wage losses, loss of earning capacity, rehabilitation expenses, and other out-of-pocket expenses that relate to the injury. […]

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Marion Munley and Daniel Munley: Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers

Posted May 26th, 2020 by Munley Law.

Marion Munley and Dan Munley Named to 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers List

 Marion and Dan are the only Scranton lawyers to make the 2020 list. 

On April 3, 2020, Lawdragon Magazine named attorneys Marion Munley and Dan Munley to its prestigious list of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers. Only twenty-seven Pennsylvania practitioners made the 2020 list, and the two Munley Law attorneys are the only Scranton area lawyers to be given this distinguished honor.

In determining the 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, Lawdragon investigated practitioners in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Only lawyers who have consistently demonstrated the highest quality of legal representation over the course of their careers are eligible to be named, and Lawdragon places particular attention on attorneys’ recent achievements.

In addition to being named one of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, […]

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FMCSA Issues Final Rule on Truckers’ Hours of Service

Posted May 20th, 2020 by Munley Law.

FMCSA announces final revision to trucker hours of service rules

On May 14, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the federal Department of Transportation (DOT), announced four regulatory changes. These revisions are meant to provide truck drivers with greater flexibility while preserving the safety of commercial truck operators, manufacturers, and retailers. FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen stated that the changes were based on thousands of suggestions from drivers and other trucking industry members and comments from the public over the last two years. The agency predicts that these amendments will provide $274 million in annualized cost savings.

What Do the FMSCA Revisions Change?

The FMCSA revisions make the following changes to Hours of Service (HOS) regulations:

Expansion of the “Short-Haul” Exception: The FMCSA imposes tracking, reporting, and other requirements for commercial truck drivers, but exempts drivers who do not exceed certain driving and on-duty hours maximums under a “short-haul” exception. […]

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