Monday, March 5, 2012

Law of Civil Contempt Addressed by Judge Nealon of Lackawanna County

In his recent decision in the case of Santo v. Engle, No. 2011-Civil-6597 (C.P. Lacka. Co. Feb. 14, 2012 Nealon, J.), Judge Terrence R. Nealon outlined the law of civil contempt of a prior trial court order.

According to the Opinion, this case involved a Defendant car owner who was apparently upset with how a local car dealership dealt with his allegedly repeated mechanical problems with a car he had purchased from the dealership. 

The Defendant car owner was eventually brought to court by the car dealership who asserted that the Defendant car owner violated a prior court order prohibiting the car owner publicly expressing his displeasure in a unique fashion near the dealership. 

Judge Nealon’s Opinion provides an interesting, even entertaining, read on the application of the civil contempt law to the facts presented. Anyone wishing to review this opinion may click this link.

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