New Pa. Appellate Judge Knocks 'Gotcha' Rules At Philly Bar

Law360, Philadelphia (December 20, 2013, 11:29 AM EST) -- Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge-elect Vic Stabile told members of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Thursday that he had deep concerns with "gotcha" rules that deprive practitioners and their clients of their rights to appear before the court.

Speaking to the bar association's Appellate Courts Committee, Stabile, currently a partner at Dilworth & Paxson LLP, highlighted his personal opposition to decisions that take advantage of vague rules of appellate procedure to trap attorneys.

"In instances where rules are gray, my personal preference is that the burden should...
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