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May 15, 2017

Partnership Disputes Can Continue Long After the Buyout

Binge watching HGTV is my guilty pleasure.  Those of you who suffer from the same vice, may have seen HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.”  Well, the stars of the show are now defendants in a million-dollar lawsuit.  So what happened?  Allegedly, the star of the show, Chip Gaines, persuaded his two previous partners to sell their 1/3 interest in Magnolia Realty for $2,500 apiece. » Read More

May 01, 2017

Will President Trump’s Tax Reform Affect Your Income Bracket?

President Trump announced his proposed tax reform proposal which he labels as the largest tax cut in history. In his proposal, virtually every business and individual will be affected on some level. This proposal has a long way to go before becoming law, and at that time may look much different. Therefore, our clients and friends should not get too excited or concerned at this moment.» Read More

Apr 17, 2017

Doctors Orders: Proposed medical marijuana regulations are under review

The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently published its first set of proposed regulations for physicians and health care practitioners in connection with Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law. The regulations cover topics such as the required physician-registry, conflict of interest restrictions on physician ownership of medical marijuana businesses, and guidelines for issuing medical marijuana certifications to qualified patients. The regulations also discuss the prescription-drug monitoring database and physician training courses.» Read More

Jan 19, 2017

Data Breach Negligence Claims and Your Duties

On January 12, 2017, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the decision reached in Dittman v. Univ. of Pitts. Med. Ctr. by Judge Wettick of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.  By finding that negligence claims alleging failure to provide reasonable data security for personal health and other information are not actionable, the Superior Court’s affirmation represents a significant step in the development of security and privacy laws.» Read More

Jan 03, 2017

Join us at our next seminar: Public-Private Partnerships: The bridge to successful infrastructure projects

John F. Lushis, Jr., Esq., (Solicitor to  NCGPA), Peter D. Hutcheon, Esq., John Brown (Northampton County Executive), Stan Rugis (Northampton County Director of Public Works), Ryan Durkin (Northampton County Solicitor), and Shawn Langen (NCGPA Chair), are pleased to invite you to “Public Private Partnerships: The bridge to successful infrastructure projects,” on Thursday, January 26. In this presentation, we will discuss the structure of P3 projects and the opportunities and advantages they provide.» Read More

Dec 27, 2016

2017 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for Workers’ Compensation Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently announced the 2017 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for workers’ compensation.  For injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2017, the maximum compensation rate is $995.00 per week, which represents a 1.7% increase.

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

Dec 05, 2016

Eyewitness Report: IRS Public Hearing On Section 2704 Proposed Regulations

On December 1, the Internal Revenue Service held a public hearing to allow individuals to present oral testimony on the proposed regulations regarding “Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes; Restrictions on Liquidation of an Interest (REG-163113-02)” that were released on August 2, 2016.  The publication of these proposed regulations indicated that the IRS would potentially disallow the discounting of the value of family business interests for purposes of the federal transfer taxes. » Read More

Nov 09, 2016

Witnesses to Fatal Crash Obtain $2 Million Dollar Settlement

In a somewhat unusual personal injury case in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, nine Pennsylvania Turnpike workers who saw their co-worker killed by a tractor trailer have obtained a $2 million dollar settlement in a case where the vast majority of damages were sought for emotional distress.  Only one of the nine witnesses had any physical injuries as a result of the crash.» Read More

Aug 09, 2016

Medical Malpractice in Pennsylvania-No More Crisis

According to recent statistics from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, 101 medical malpractice cases were tried to a jury verdict in Pennsylvania in 2015, more than a 20% drop from 2014 and less than 1/3 as many from the average in the years 2000 to 2003. Seventy-nine of the jury verdicts in Pennsylvania went in favor of the defense.  The decrease in medical malpractice jury trials is likely due in part due to the increased costs of prosecuting a medical malpractice case, as well as the increased use of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or binding arbitration.» Read More

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