Legal Hotline

LEGAL HOTLINE: (717) 703-3080

One of the PNA’s most popular services to our members is the free Legal PNA Legal HotlineHotline. PNA members may call the hotline with any legal questions.

PNA attorneys routinely provide members with advice on HIPAA, open records, the state Sunshine Act, use of independent contractors, libel, telemarketing, copyrights, the Pennsylvania Shield Law and legal advertising. Many reporters from PNA member newspapers rely on PNA’s attorneys for quotes on stories involving legal issues.

Members may also contact PNA’s Media Law Counsel directly via email.

Legal Hotline: Political Advertising

We’re getting a number of local political ads leading up to the election day. What are some of the issues we need to consider with regard to political advertising? Financing, required disclosures,…

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Legal Hotline: Juror Identity

Are the names and addresses of jurors impaneled in a criminal trial public? Isn’t the jury array already a public record? The jury array is a public record as are the names…

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Legal Hotline: NCAA trademarks

What are the rules when using the terms “March Madness,” “Sweet Sixteen,” “Final Four,” and other NCAA trademarks in advertising? Advertisers cannot use any National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) trademarked terms, phrases…

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Legal Hotline: Sunshine Committees

A borough council facing budget shortfalls created a committee to offer advice and investigate potential funding streams. Our reporter asked when the first committee meeting will take place, but the borough council…

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