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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 […]

Increased Security Measures with the IRS

Increased Security Measures with the IRS

February 21, 2017

Due to the increasing IRS and identity theft scams, the IRS has issued guidance (IR 2017-32) for taxpayers who call the IRS. The IRS suggests that any taxpayer who calls an IRS call center should have the following information available: Social Security Numbers and birth dates for those listed on the tax return For those […]

So What Does it Mean to Have a Constitutional Claim for a Personal Injury?

So What Does it Mean to Have a Constitutional Claim for a Personal Injury?

February 17, 2017
Posted in Personal Injury

For the last few years, we have seen time and again police officers shooting individuals in custody or after being pulled over for a traffic violation.  Even in our public schools, we unfortunately learn about public school employees assaulting students either physically or sexually.  Of course the victims have been harmed and injured, but under […]

Buying or Selling a House? A New Act May Help Eliminate Potential Pitfalls

Buying or Selling a House? A New Act May Help Eliminate Potential Pitfalls

February 13, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

The Amended Municipal Code and Ordinance Compliance Act (“Act”) took effect on January 2, 2017. This act will be very helpful for people who are buying or selling real property. Many municipalities have ordinances that require an inspection prior to the sale of a property. Different municipalities have different standards. Some do a thorough inspection […]

What is a Medical Power of Attorney, an Advanced Healthcare Directive, a Living Will and Do I Need Any or All of Them?

What is a Medical Power of Attorney, an Advanced Healthcare Directive, a Living Will and Do I Need Any or All of Them?

February 1, 2017

What is a Medical Power of Attorney?  In a Medical Power of Attorney, you appoint someone you trust to be your healthcare agent to make any necessary healthcare decisions for you should you not be able to make those decisions. What exactly does my healthcare agent do? Your healthcare agent should be aware of and […]

The Apostille: Operating in a Global Economy

The Apostille: Operating in a Global Economy

January 24, 2017

As technology, media and advances in travel have made our world smaller, opportunities for business and nonprofit organizations have expanded.  With a shrinking world comes more integration than ever before.  What if Jane Smith wants to participate in a business transaction with her Pennsylvania limited liability company in Great Britain?  What if John Smith wants […]

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