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Jan 13, 2016

Congratulations! You Won the Powerball! How Much is Your Tax Bill?

After 10:59 tonight, this post will only apply to one lucky person (possibly 2 or 3).  Until that time, let’s pretend that you are that lucky person who wins $1.5 billion.  Your lottery ticket will not end up in the trash.  You will not be frantically hoping that no one had a winning number so that you have another chance on Saturday night. » Read More

Jan 08, 2016

2016 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for Workers’ Compensation Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently announced the 2016 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for workers’ compensation. For injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2016, the maximum compensation rate is $978.00 per week, which represents a 2.9% increase.

For information related to workers’ compensation issues, please contact me at bhollenbach@nmmlaw.comRead More

Dec 15, 2015

Pennsylvania Safeguards for Victims of Unfair Debt Collection

In addition to the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Pennsylvania law creates certain protections for consumers facing creditors and their sometimes intimidating debt collection efforts.  The Pennsylvania Fair Credit Extension Uniformity Act (the “Act”), establishes “unfair or deceptive acts or practices with regard to the collection of debts.”  The Act applies to debt collection acts aimed at consumers, where a “consumer” is defined as a natural person residing in Pennsylvania who owes or is alleged to owe a debt or one who has incurred or is alleged to have incurred liability for a debt. » Read More

Nov 16, 2015

Confessions of judgment clauses serve as a powerful tool in favor of lenders and commercial landlords in Pennsylvania

If you are a lender or commercial landlord and are involved in a transaction in Pennsylvania, confessions of judgment are an effective remedy in the event of a default of either a borrower or a tenant.  If properly drafted, confessions of judgment may allow for the immediate entry of judgment as opposed to filing a civil suit for damages.  Not only is considerable time saved inasmuch as civil suits may take years to proceed to a courtroom, a properly drafted confession of judgment clause may also authorize the collection of attorney’s fees.  » Read More

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…

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