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Nov 12, 2015

Pennsylvania Trial Judge Finds No Claim for Data-Breach Negligence

Can you sue for negligence in Pennsylvania if your personal information is stolen by hackers as a result of a company’s data breach?

In a recent decision handed down in the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas, the Court dismissed a class action suit over a data breach.  Judge R. Stanton Wettick, Jr., a judge whose trial court opinions are well-respected in the State of Pennsylvania, rejected an argument that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was negligent for failing to implement and monitor an adequate security system and for failing to properly detect a data security breach.» Read More

Oct 05, 2015

Are you involved in a commercial lease?

If so, then our upcoming seminar is a must for you.

John Lushis of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus and James Pauloski, Broker of Record will present a seminar entitled Negotiating Commercial Leases – A Real Estate Poker Game ­to landlords and tenants to help them understand their leases and what comes with them. The seminar will take place on Thursday, October 15th at our office in Allentown.» Read More

Sep 21, 2015

Use of Sixth Edition of the Ama Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment to Determine Impairment Rating under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act Declared Unconstitutional

Under Section 306(a.2) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, an employer may request an employee to submit to an Impairment Rating Evaluation (“IRE”). The Act provides that the degree of impairment shall be determined “pursuant to the most recent edition of the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.» Read More

Sep 03, 2015

Upon Further Review the Decision of the NFL in Deflategate Is Overturned

As anyone who owns a television knows, the NFL suspended Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the NFL season for his involvement in the deflategate scandal.  The four-game suspension was imposed by the NFL disciplinary officer and affirmed by Commissioner Godell serving as the sole arbitrator pursuant to the CBA between the league and its players’ association.» Read More

Aug 13, 2015

Recent Developments in Employment Law…

Aug 07, 2015

Taxpayers: Fincen Form 114 (Electronic FBAR) Due Date Modified Along with Other Due Dates

The Senate passed the short-term highway funding extension last week, and the bill was signed into law by the President on July 31, 2015.  The new law modifies the due dates for several important tax returns as follows for tax years beginning after December 31, 2015.

Fincen Form 114 (the electronic FBAR) is now changed from June 30 to April 15. » Read More

Aug 05, 2015

Early Returns on Efficacy Of Electronic Health Records

Through recent state and federal statutes, there has been a well-publicized push for healthcare providers to embrace electronic health records (EHR).  The presumption is that patients would be safer and patient care would be improved through the use of EHR, but has that presumption been validated?  Although we can only look at “early returns,” it does appear that EHRs are having a positive impact on patient care.» Read More

Jul 27, 2015

PA Department of Revenue Brews Up New Sales Tax Opinion: A MUST READ for All PA Breweries

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue recently issued a clarification regarding collection of sales tax for retail sales by manufacturers of malt beverages. Based upon inconsistent reports of audits and varying opinions of accountants, the Brewers of Pennsylvania met with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and solicited an opinion as to collection and remittance of sales tax by manufacturers of malt beverages when selling at retail.» Read More

Jul 15, 2015

Hey, hey, hey! Bill Cosby Case Highlights Importance of Sealing Records

A recent string of bad news for Bill Cosby continued last week, as it was revealed that he admitted in a 2005 deposition to obtaining prescriptions for depressants which he intended to use to have sex with a woman.  Although much attention has been paid to the scandalous nature of this discovery, it is also important to examine how Cosby’s sealed testimony from a decade ago came to light.» Read More


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