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Philadelphia Tax Abatements

Philadelphia Tax Abatements

June 28, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

If you are in the market to purchase residential, commercial, or industrial real estate in Philadelphia, or if you already own property in the city and are considering a renovation, you should understand the property tax abatements (“PTAs”) specific to Philadelphia. Many people, realtors included, believe that only new construction is eligible for a PTA. […]

Don’t Bogart that Medical Marijuana Permit: How to Respond to a Denial Notice

Don’t Bogart that Medical Marijuana Permit: How to Respond to a Denial Notice

June 20, 2017

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana permit applicants know that there is stiff competition to obtain a coveted permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to dispense and/or grow/process marijuana.  With only 39 permits available throughout the Commonwealth (12 grow/process and 27 dispensing), over 500 applicants paid costly, nonrefundable application fees, completed stacks of paperwork about themselves and […]

What is an Earn Out in a Business Sale?

What is an Earn Out in a Business Sale?

June 2, 2017

Reaching a mutually acceptable purchase price can be difficult.  The seller and the potential buyer may disagree on the value of the business.  An Earn Out can resolve such a disagreement.  It enables the parties to hold different opinions on the business value, but agree on the terms of the transaction. An acquisition with an […]

Need Money for Your Manufacturing Business?

Need Money for Your Manufacturing Business?

May 30, 2017
Posted in General News

Are you a manufacturer in Pennsylvania? Do you take materials and process them or turn them into something different? Are you looking to buy a new property, upgrade or expand your facilities or buy additional equipment? If so, you may qualify for tax exempt financing. Typically, you can save 30-35 basis points on your interest […]

Management of Limited Liability Companies: Member-Managed vs. Manager-Managed

Management of Limited Liability Companies: Member-Managed vs. Manager-Managed

May 30, 2017

Under the new Pennsylvania Uniform Limited Liability Company Act of 2016 (the “Act”), which recently went into effect as of April 1, 2017, a limited liability company (“LLC”) no longer has to declare if it is member-managed or manager-managed in its Certificate of Organization filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State.  However, the question of […]

Demand Side Economics: An Update on Patients’ Access to Medical Marijuana

Demand Side Economics: An Update on Patients’ Access to Medical Marijuana

April 24, 2017

On April 11, 2017, the Department of Health (“DOH”) released draft temporary regulations for physicians concerning the recommendation of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.  Aside from addressing the immediate needs of the safe-harbor letters, this is the DOH’s first real exposure to the demand side of the medical marijuana market place. The regulations outline the process and […]

Protect Your Project From Being Sidelined By Procedural Challenges

Protect Your Project From Being Sidelined By Procedural Challenges

April 10, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

Developers throughout the Commonwealth devote immense amounts of time and money in their projects; don’t let a procedural defect derail all of your hard work. In Pennsylvania, the Municipalities Planning Code (the “MPC”) gives municipalities authority to enact zoning ordinances governing land use within the municipality. Developers must satisfy the requirements set forth in the […]

United States Court of Appeals Applies Civil Rights Protections to the LGBT Community

United States Court of Appeals Applies Civil Rights Protections to the LGBT Community

April 7, 2017
Posted in Employment Law

Continuing a recent trend expanding Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination to cover sexual orientation, on April 4th the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court to rule that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation.  For […]

Oral Modifications to Written Contracts

Oral Modifications to Written Contracts

March 30, 2017

Ordinarily, contract provisions are what they say they are. The term is the term, a confidentiality clause requires confidentiality, and an assignment clause precludes assignment to another party.  The same cannot be said, however, for provisions prohibiting subsequent oral modifications of the original written agreement. This is because Pennsylvania law permits the oral modification of […]

Perils of the Business Privilege Tax

Perils of the Business Privilege Tax

March 10, 2017

With Tax Season in full bloom and filing deadlines just around the corner, people often forget that more than just income taxes must be paid. One such tax, known as a Business Privilege Tax (BPT), is levied by local taxing authorities against all types of businesses, with few exceptions.  Often imposed by municipalities throughout the […]

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