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Sexual Harassment: It Could Happen To You

Sexual Harassment: It Could Happen To You

December 6, 2017
Posted in Employment Law

Unless you have been living in a cave for the past several months, you know that numerous careers and reputations have recently been shattered in the wake of sexual harassment claims. Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Louis C.K., Brett Ratner, Kevin Spacey and Bill O’Reilly are some of the high profile names on a […]

January 2, 2018 Deadline to Cure “Past” Missed Estate Tax Portability Elections

January 2, 2018 Deadline to Cure “Past” Missed Estate Tax Portability Elections

November 28, 2017

“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except Death and Taxes” – Benjamin Franklin The modern Federal Estate Tax has been in existence since 1916 and is a source of much political debate.  Congress amended the tax law in 2013 to establish a permanent exemption for each person of $5 Million of […]

If a Provision of a Non-competition Agreement is Overbroad, There is a Risk That the Entire Agreement may be Thrown Out

If a Provision of a Non-competition Agreement is Overbroad, There is a Risk That the Entire Agreement may be Thrown Out

November 27, 2017
Posted in Litigation

In Pittsburgh Logistics Systems, Inc. v. Ceravolo, et al., the Superior Court of Pennsylvania considered whether the geographic scope of a non-competition agreement was overbroad and whether the excessiveness of that provision rendered the non-competition agreement void in its entirety. Employees of Pittsburgh Logistics worked within the trucking industry.  They were required to sign employment […]

International Property Maintenance Code

International Property Maintenance Code

November 20, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

In September of 2017, the Commonwealth Court decided the City of Williamsport Bureau of Codes vs. DeRaffele.  The City cited one of its residents for a violation of the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code.  In 2003, the City adopted a version of the code by ordinance, and the ordinance referenced all subsequent changes to the […]

Alimony Tax Deduction and New Tax Bill

Alimony Tax Deduction and New Tax Bill

November 3, 2017
Posted in Family Law

The new Republican tax bill contains a little publicized provision with significance in the family law area. In particular, the bill eliminates the alimony tax deduction for all post 2017 alimony orders or agreements (and could possibly impact such orders and agreements in place before the end of 2017 if a post 2017 modification occurs). […]

An Accountant’s Liability for a Client’s Loans, What?

An Accountant’s Liability for a Client’s Loans, What?

October 30, 2017
Posted in Litigation

Does an accountant who prepares financial statements for a client’s use in obtaining a loan have exposure to the lender when the client subsequently becomes incapable of repaying the loan?  Even when the accountant has no direct relationship with the lender?  This question was very recently addressed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court in Fulton Bank […]

Are In-House Counsel Fees Recoverable Under a Contractual Provision Allowing Lenders’ Recovery of Counsel Fees?

Are In-House Counsel Fees Recoverable Under a Contractual Provision Allowing Lenders’ Recovery of Counsel Fees?

October 25, 2017
Posted in Litigation

“But you must first realize I’m not another man for hire…” Someone’s Got A Hold Of My Heart, Bob Dylan In Enterprise Bank v. Frazier Family L.P., 2017 WL 3392875, 2017 PA Super 256, (2017) the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that contractual provisions which allow for a lender’s recovery of counsel fees were ambiguous as […]

Streamlined Notary Acknowledgments Take Effect

Streamlined Notary Acknowledgments Take Effect

October 25, 2017
Posted in General News

On October 26, 2017, changes to the Pennsylvania Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts take effect that streamline the standard language for the Notary Acknowledgment form commonly used throughout Pennsylvania. Although the previous acknowledgement forms should still be acceptable, the new, standard short forms are deemed to satisfy the requirements for the preparation of notarial […]

“Framework” For Proposed Federal Tax Law Changes Is Released

“Framework” For Proposed Federal Tax Law Changes Is Released

October 11, 2017

On September 27th, the Trump Administration and select members of Congress have released a “unified framework” for tax reform. This document provides more detail than a number of other tax reform documents that have come from the Administration over the past few months, but it still leaves many specifics to be worked out by the […]

How Much Is Too Much?  [FMLA And More]

How Much Is Too Much? [FMLA And More]

October 10, 2017
Posted in Employment Law

I often receive inquiries from employers asking whether they have to allow an employee to take unpaid medical leave after the employee’s sick time is exhausted, or after the employee’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave expires. Often there is no clear cut answer. The federal courts, most notably the Third Circuit which covers federal […]

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