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Publications

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Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Stop and Ask For Directions:  Cases and Trends – Continuing Changes in Auto Law Arena in 2011 Result in Uncertainties.” 34 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1072 (November 22, 2011).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Rule Changes Alter State Civil Litigation Landscape.” 34 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1046 (November 15, 2011).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Simply Persuasive:  Seven Habits of Highly Effective Legal Writers.” 34 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 881 (September 27, 2011).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Call Me From the Road:  Lehigh County decision halts trends on banning cell phone use behind the wheel.” 34 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 673 (July 26, 2011).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “To Friend or Not To Friend:  Trial courts split on how to handle social media discovery requests.” 34 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 494 (May 31, 2011).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “The Weathermen of Hurricane Koken.” 34 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 470 (May 24, 2011).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Mastering the Great (But Lost) Art of the Return Phone Call:  A tongue-in-cheek guide to tackling a difficult task,” Vol. 33, No. 3 The Pennsylvania Lawyer at p. 40 (May-June, 2011).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “How to Improve at ADR:  Tips from mediators and arbitrators on preparation and presentation.” 34 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 333 (April 12, 2011).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “A Suspension of Common Sense:  Decisions on bystander emotional distress claims leaving bench, bar unsettled.” 34 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 266 (March 22, 2011).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Are the Winds of Hurricane Koken Dying Down?:  Superior Court touches upon consolidation versus severance issue in post-Koken cases.” 34 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 78 (January 25, 2011).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “State Route 2010:  A Look Back At Automotive Insurance Law.” 34 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 5 (January 4, 2011).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Danke Schoen, Ferris Bueller:  Enlightening thoughts for lawyers – from a teen epic hero.” Vol. 27 No. 2 Solo and Small Firm Practice Section News – Pennsylvania Bar Association  (Fall, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Defense-Oriented Decisions Dominated 2010’s Biggest Non-Automotive Cases.” 33 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1122 (November 23, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “The New Discovery Battlefield:  Jefferson County trial court decision opens the door to discovery of social media sites.” 33  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1034 (October 26, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Great Minds Think Alike:  Consistent decisions on UM/UIM issue separately handed down on same day.” 33  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 938 (September 28, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Duty Defined: A Lackawanna County judge revisits the basic question of duty owed.” 33  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 515 (August 31, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Lessons From the Godfather: Universal Principles and Practical Advice.” Vol. 52, No. 9  For the Defense 55 (September, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “A Growing Need for Guidance: Trial courts struggle with consolidation vs. severance issue in post-Koken cases.” 33  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 515 (June 29, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Take Me Out to the Ballgame:  Little League tips for big league lawyers.” 33  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 515 (May 25, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Clarifying Inter-Policy Stacking in UIM Cases:  Venango County judge explains differences in recent high court opinions.” 33  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 492 (May 18, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Danke Schoen, Ferris Bueller:  Enlightening thoughts for lawyers – from a teen epic hero.” 33  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 423 (April 27, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Tracking ‘Hurricane Koken’ :  Recent court rulings suggest aversions to forum shopping  in insurance litigation.” 33  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 303 (March 23, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.“Claims Rep Pet Peeves.” AICA Bulletin [Arizona Insurance Claims Association] Vol. 8, Issue 7 (March, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Hang up and Drive:  Lawmakers and courts tackle the hazards of cellular phone use by drivers” 33  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 210 (February 22, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. “Artistry Lessons for Lawyers,” A Book Review of Making Your Case:  The Art of Persuading Judges By Justice Anton Scalia and Bryan Garner, Vol. 32, No. 2 The Pennsylvania Lawyer at p. 12 (March – April, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.“Claims Rep Pet Peeves.” Claims Magazine Web Exclusive, http://www.claimsmag.com/Exclusives/2010/2/Pages/Claim-Rep-Pet-Peeves.aspx (February 22, 2010)(emailed to 9,000 subscribers of Claims magazine).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Spread A Little Love:  Being pleasant and considerate is part of being a professional.” 33  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 101 (January 25, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “In the Driver’s Seat:  Post-Koken decision making dominated the field of auto insurance law in 2009” 33  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 9 (January 4, 2010).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “A Wild Ride:  A multitude of landmark decisions in civil law make 2009 a year to remember.” 32  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1459 (November 30, 2009).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “Two Roads Diverged:  Trial courts split over joinder of UIM and third party claims in post-Koken cases.” 32  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1355 (November 30, 2009).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.  “You’d Better Watch Your Step: Premises liability defendants are having a banner year in Pennsylvania courts.” 32  Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1222 (October 26, 2009).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “A Piece of Cake: Clients and witnesses who know what to expect give better depositions.” 32 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 984 (August 31, 2009).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Alive and Well: Assumption of risk doctrine remains a valid defense.” 32 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 838 (July 27, 2009).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Seat Belt Defense Ban Wearing Thin: A Superior Court panel upholds the ban but illustrates its weaknesses.” 32 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 703 (June 29, 2009).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “A Change of Habit: A post-Koken body of law is developing as new UM/UIM claims go to court.” 32 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 566 (May 25, 2009).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “To Disclose or Not to Disclose: The discoverability of surveillance evidence in state and federal courts.” 32 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 348 (March 30, 2009).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Eight Simple Rules:  A guide to maintaining a positive and efficient practice this year.” 32 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 132 (February 2, 2009).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Lessons from Lawyer Caricatures:  Lawyers as seen on screen,” Vol. 31, No. 1 The Pennsylvania Lawyer at p. 26 (January-February, 2009).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Negligence Is in the Air…and on the Road:  In the realm of auto insurance litigation, 2008 was a year of change.” 31 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1380 (December 22, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Change in the Wind:  New judges, new rules and new decisions in general civil litigation matters.” 31 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1276 (November 24, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Here Comes Hurricane Koken:  Response to decision brings surge of litigation, ferocious winds of change.” 31 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1165 (October 27, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.,  “Scar Law Revision:  Trial courts’ struggle to define limited tort serious disfigurement threshold may be over.”  Counterpoint (official publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, FRONT PAGE, October, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “The Future Is Now:  Computer-powered case presentation may be a necessity to persuade today’s juries,” 31 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 917 (August 25, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “A Mid-Year Tune up:  Ten tips to improve your practice and reduce stress,” 31 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 5 (June 30, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “’A Portrait of the Lawyer as an Artist,” Vol. 30, No. 4 The Pennsylvania Lawyer at p. 26 (July-August, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “’The Devil Made Me Do It:  Avoiding the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ in the practice of law,” 31 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1037 (June 9, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “A Still Rising Trend:  It is essential to master the fine points of mediation and arbitration,” (June 2, 2008) (Reprinted in ADR Options newsletter and e-mailed to over 6,000 ADR Options clients).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.,  “The Presidential Candidates and Tort Reform.”  Vol. 23, No. 6 Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal (May, 2008) at p. 49.

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.,  “Application of Act 6 to Future Medical Expenses Award:  Judge Nealon provides framework for dealing with novel issue.”  Counterpoint (official publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, April 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.,  “The Reflex Hammer Falls:  United States Supreme Court shields makers of medical devices from lawsuits.”  Counterpoint (official publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (April 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Scar Tissue:  Trial courts’ struggles to define limited-tort serious disfigurement threshold,” 31 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 433 (April 21, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “The Presidential Candidates and Tort Reform:  Divergent views of the candidates provide Pennsylvania litigators with a choice,” 31 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 350 (March 31, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “A Parade of Proverbs:  On St. Patrick’s Day, Irish aphorisms can shed light on law,” 31 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 265 (March 10, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “The Reflex Hammer Falls:  The U.S. Supreme Court shields makers of medical devices from lawsuits,” 31 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 238 (March 3, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “New Issue, New Guidance:  Nealon provides framework for applying Act 6 to future medical expenses awards,” 31 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 212 (February 25, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “A Still Rising Trend:  It is essential to master the fine points of mediation and arbitration,” 31 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 72 (January 21, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “’I Plead the Fifth’:  The self-incrimination privilege can be interposed at civil depositions,” 31 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 5 (January 7, 2008).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “A Year in the Life:  Insurance issues and judicial elections dominated 2007,” 30 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 963 (December 31, 2007).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “One Minute Attorney: Landlord/Tenant Dispute with Atty. Daniel E. Cummins,” Happenings Magazine at p. 94 (November 2007).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Learning Lessons From Lawyer Jokes,” 30 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 700 (October 22, 2007).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Time to Unbuckle the Seat Belt Defense?” 30 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 659 (October 1, 2007).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Recurring Symptoms of IME’s:  Independent medical examinations have given rise to many complex issues,” 30 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 475 (May 7, 2007).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Lincoln Logs of Wisdom:  A Presidents’ Day review of practical advice from one of our greatest lawyer-presidents,” 30 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 136 (January 29, 2007).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Hills and Ridges:   Pro-defense trial court decisions tempered by pro-plaintiff appellate decisions,” 29 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1218 (October 30, 2006).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Dead or Alive?  The Assumption of Risk Doctrine in Pennsylvania,” 29 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 860 (July 31, 2006).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “A Trap for the Unwary:  Subrogation can be a minefield for defendants, too,” 29 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 586 (May 29, 2006).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Open Umbrella:  Courts face an open question about umbrella policy limits and the UIM credit,” 29 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 114 (January 30, 2006).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.,  “Universal principles to derive from ‘The Godfather’ trilogy.”  Vol. 20, No. 12 Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal (November 2005) at p. 43.

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “What I Learned From the Corleone Family:  Lawyers can find universal principles and practical advice in The Godfather films,” 28 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 900 (August 29, 2005).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Is Credit Due?,” 28 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 476 (May 16, 2005).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Fibromyalgia as a Diagnosis in Personal Injury Cases,” 28 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 352 (April 18, 2005).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Spoliation of Evidence as an Independent Cause of Action:  Issue not yet decided by the state high court,” 22 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1193 (October 4, 1999).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Recovering Unemployment Compensation Benefits In Pennsylvania After Accepting Early Retirement,” The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly Vol. LXX, No. 3, p. 123 (May, 1999).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Recovering Unemployment Compensation Benefits After Accepting Early Retirement,” 27 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 677 (June 14, 1999).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Ability of Minors to Disaffirm Prospective, Exculpatory Releases,” 21 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1556 (December 14, 1998).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Police Pursuit Cases:  Roadblocks In The Pursuit of Justice,” The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly Vol. LXIX, No. 3, p. 123 (July 1998).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Police Pursuit Cases: Adopts Shocks the Conscience Standard,” 21 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 768-769 (June 29, 1998).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., ‘”Mary Carter Agreements,” 21 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 13 (April 27, 1998).

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Roadblocks to Recovery in Police Chase Cases,” 21 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 10-11, 23 (January 5, 1998).

Hon. Harold A. Thomson, Jr. and Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Power to Furlough Clarified,” 20 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 9 (January 6, 1997).

Hon. Harold A. Thomson, Jr. and Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Sentencing Mergers Clarified,” 19 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1077 (August 12, 1996).

Hon. Harold A. Thomson, Jr. and Daniel E. Cummins, Esq., “Two Fees or Not Two Fees?,” 19 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 718, 727-738 (June 3, 1996).