Philadelphia Gun Permit Unit Closed Due to COVID

Late last night on its Facebook page, the Philadelphia Police Department posted that it was closing the Gun Permit Unit through December 7, 2020; thereby, precluding law-abiding individuals from obtaining licenses to carry firearms and therefore, subjecting them to Pennsylvania's draconian transportation (18 Pa.C.S. 6106) and state of emergency laws (18 Pa.C.S. 6107). I expect … Continue reading Philadelphia Gun Permit Unit Closed Due to COVID

Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector

Multiple federal agencies sent out a joint alert on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 about ransomware activity targeting the healthcare and public health sector. The advisory, which was sent out by Cybersecurity and Infrastrustrure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), describes … Continue reading Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector

$4 Million Dollar Class Action Settlement Approved Against Monroe County Regarding Disclosure of License to Carry Firearms Applicant Information

I am proud to announce that today, Wyoming County President Judge Russell D. Shurtleff, specially presiding, signed a Final Order approving a settlement that was reached with Monroe County in the matter of John Doe, et al.,  v. Monroe County, et al, Monroe Court of Common Pleas docket no. 6384 cv 2015, stemming from the … Continue reading $4 Million Dollar Class Action Settlement Approved Against Monroe County Regarding Disclosure of License to Carry Firearms Applicant Information

October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Visit cisa.gov/ncsam to learn more about the awareness campaign. Businesses face significant financial loss when a cyber attack occurs. In 2019, the U.S. business sector had 17% increase in data breaches. Cybercriminals often rely on human error—employees failing to install software patches or clicking on malicious links—to gain access to … Continue reading October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month

Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes – COVID-19 Phishing

Last week, a Rhode Island company and its owner were prohibited from misrepresenting they are affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of a settlement resolving Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges they misled consumers in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Ponte Investments, LLC, and its owner were charged by the FTC in April with … Continue reading Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes – COVID-19 Phishing

Federal Judge Rules PA COVID Restrictions UNCONSTITUTIONAL

In a decision just issued in County of Butler, et al. v. Governor Wolf, et al., Judge William Stickman, IV of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania has ruled that "(1) the congregate gathering limits imposed by Defendants' mitigation orders violate the right of assembly enshrined in the First Amendment; (2) … Continue reading Federal Judge Rules PA COVID Restrictions UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Commonwealth Court Schedules En Banc Oral Argument in FOAC, et al. v. Pittsburgh, et al.

Yesterday, the Commonwealth Court issued a notice scheduling En Banc (meaning before the entire Court) oral argument in Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC), et al., v. City of Pittsburgh, et al. in relation to Pittsburgh's illegal firearm ordinances, which I was previously successful in having ruled unlawful. As our viewers may remember, in November of … Continue reading Commonwealth Court Schedules En Banc Oral Argument in FOAC, et al. v. Pittsburgh, et al.

Class Actions – They Aren’t What Most Believe Them To Be

All too often, I see and hear people saying that they want to file a class action or that a particular issue is perfect for a class action, without any understanding of what a class action is, what it entails (especially the costs), and the benefits/detriments of a class action. A class action is where … Continue reading Class Actions – They Aren’t What Most Believe Them To Be

If You Are Still Using Windows 7, You Are At Risk

In  a Private Industry Notification announcement this month from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the official end of life for Windows 7, the FBI states it "has observed cyber criminals targeting computer network infrastructure after an operating system achieves end-of-life status," and added that "continuing to use Windows 7 within an enterprise may provide … Continue reading If You Are Still Using Windows 7, You Are At Risk

PA Supreme Court to Decide Standing to Challenge Illegal Firearm Ordinances and Regulations

As our viewers are aware, I was successful in securing a monumental victory in September of 2019, when the Commonwealth Court, en banc, in Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC), et al., v. City of Harrisburg, et al., overruled its prior precedent and held that it was “untenable” to require a plaintiff to declare in a … Continue reading PA Supreme Court to Decide Standing to Challenge Illegal Firearm Ordinances and Regulations