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  1. California Limits Design Professional Defense Cost Exposure

    By: William F. Bresee, Esq. On April 28, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill (S.B.) 496 (‘the enactment”), which, effective January 1, 2018, amends California Civil Code Section 2782.8 in two significant ways with respect to a design professional’s obligation to provide a defense under a contractual indemnity fo…Read More

  2. USCIS Redesigns Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

    By Sharon Barney, Esq. On April 19, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued an announcement that it was redesigning the Permanent Resident Card (also known as “green card”) and Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. These new cards began i…Read More

  3. District Court Concludes Plaintiffs Have Met Their Preliminary Burden That a Website Is A Place of Public Accommodation

    By: Alisa N. Carr, Esq. On Friday, April 21, 2017 we issued a Client Alert about  Carlson Lynch Sweet & Kilpela filing ten website accessibility lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The Alert also discussed the delay by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to adopt technical guidelines for website acc…Read More

  4. Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Launches Tax Amnesty Program

    By: William A. Buck, Esq. and Brent S. Kirwan, Esq. On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue announced the launch of a tax amnesty program that allows individuals and businesses to pay outstanding tax liabilities.  The program applies to taxpayers with tax liabilities known and unknown to the Pennsylvania Department of …Read More

  5. The Meeting of Creditors

    By: Crystal H. Thornton-Illar, Esq. The Meeting of Creditors, or the 341 Meeting, adeptly named after Section 341 of the Bankruptcy Code, is the only hearing most consumer debtors must attend when filing bankruptcy. Many debtors are understandably apprehensive about this hearing, but knowing exactly what to expect helps most people feel more prepar…Read More

  6. Pennsylvania Releases Medical Marijuana Program Proposed Regulations for Doctors

    By: Kenneth C. Foltz, Sr., Esq. Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy yesterday announced the release of the proposed temporary regulations for physicians that intend to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program. The Department of Health will be seeking comments and questions until April 20th on the proposed regulations. …Read More

  7. Restriction on Passports of Seriously Delinquent Taxpayers

    By: Gabriel G. Tsui, Esq. U.S. citizens who owe taxes to the Internal Revenue Service may soon find themselves subject to travel restrictions.  In December of 2015, Section 7345 was added to the Internal Revenue Code.  This provision authorizes the IRS to certify to the U.S. State Department that a taxpayer has “seriously delinquent tax debt,…Read More

  8. Adoption of the Pennsylvania Uniform Limited Liability Company Act

    Adoption of the Pennsylvania Uniform Limited Liability Company Act[1] By: Frederick C. Leech, Esq. The Pennsylvania limited liability company law has been revamped as new Chapter 88 of Title 15 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes (the “New Act”).[2] The New Act is entitled the “Pennsylvania Uniform Limited Liability Company Act of 2016…Read More

  9. The Volkswagen Investigation: What You Need to Know

    One of the primary roles of criminal defense counsel is to assess risk. Among other things, they rely on understanding of the law, knowledge of prosecuting and investigating agencies, relationships with those offices, experience representing similarly-situated individuals or corporations, and familiarity with judges and the types of sentences they …Read More

  10. Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment

    By: Laura E. Mullen The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment for public comment. The proposed guidance explains the legal standards applicable to harassment claims under federal employment discrimination laws, providing clarity where courts have not consistently applie…Read More