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: Proof of Publication 2019

Q: What does Pennsylvania law require a “Proof of Publication” to include? And, are we allowed to charge administrative fees in addition to the notary fee? A: The Newspaper Advertising Act sets…

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Legal Hotline: Clery Act 2019

Q: There are several colleges and universities in our circulation area, and I’m working on a story about crimes that occur on campus. I requested access to information about crimes from campus…

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Legal Hotline: Emergency Time Response Logs

Q: I requested access to emergency time response logs from the local emergency dispatch agency. The records provided had all response addresses redacted, and as a result, I have no way to…

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Legal Hotline: Clean Slate Law

Q: A reader called our office demanding that we remove an article that covered his arrest and subsequent conviction for DUI. He said the conviction was erased under the new Clean Slate…

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Legal Hotline: Self-Service Storage Ads

Q:  Are there any laws that govern advertising by self-service storage facilities selling personal property? A:  Yes.  The Self-Service Storage Facilities Act governs the process by which self-service storage facilities may advertise…

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Legal Hotline: Public Road Accidents

Q: One of our journalists was covering an accident scene on a public highway, from the public street, when a police officer threatened to arrest him if he didn’t leave the scene….

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Legal Hotline: Estate Notices

Q: An advertiser wants to run an estate notice and only include the name of the deceased and an address for the executor. Is that enough information? A: No. Estate notices are…

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Legal Hotline: Communications Decency Act

Q: What is the Communications Decency Act and what does it protect? A: The Communications Decency Act is a federal law that contains a safe harbor provision protecting website operators from liability…

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Legal Hotline: New Safety Executive Session

Q: Is there a new safety and security executive session in the Sunshine Act, and if so, what does it allow? A: There is a new executive session related to safety and…

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Legal Hotline: Law Enforcement Recordings

Q: My local police department just implemented a policy that requires officers to use body cameras during all interactions with the public. Is the audio and video gathered by law enforcement officers…

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