Legal Watch

Allegheny County “Happy Hour” Becomes “Happy Minute” in Judge’s New Opinion

May 11 2021
Allegheny County Courthouse

A recent opinion by the Honorable Philip A. Ignelzi of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas will have a profound effect on the way discovery is handled in all civil cases in Allegheny County. The case, Lau v. Allegheny …

Posted in Legal Watch, Litigation

How Much Can I Gift? A Guide to Gifting and Taxes

May 06 2021
college graduate meets up with family after ceremony

Are you planning to give a special gift to a deserving graduate? Are you curious about the tax consequences of that gift? The Internal Revenue Service provides regulations regarding the definition of a gift, how much one person may gift, …

Posted in Estates and Trusts, Legal Watch

Department of Labor Repeals Independent Contractor Rule Effective May 6, 2021

May 05 2021
a black Uber car in traffic

On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it was withdrawing the Trump-Era “Independent Contractor Rule.” This rule, which never went into effect following the end of President Trump’s term, was for determining whether a worker …

Posted in Labor and Employment, Legal Watch

Can My Employer Ask if I Received a COVID Vaccine?

Apr 14 2021
woman receiving covid-19 vaccine

As of April 13, 2021, all adult Pennsylvanians are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As eligibility requirements and availability of the various vaccines have expanded and as more adults receive the vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

Posted in COVID-19 Updates, Labor and Employment, Legal Watch

Zoning Variances: What a Landowner Must Prove to Obtain a Variance

Mar 30 2021
threee men installing siding on a house

And How Concerned Neighbors Can Force Projects to Stay “Inside the Lines” With spring and summer construction season around the corner, property owners planning for new construction or alterations should evaluate whether they will need to seek a variance from …

Posted in Legal Watch, Real Estate

10 Reasons To Update Your Estate Plan

Mar 11 2021
Couple signing estate planning documents

If you have never created an estate plan, it is absolutely something to strongly consider. An estate plan provides protection for your assets and gives you a say in how your assets transfer at the time of your passing. Passing …

Posted in Estates and Trusts, Legal Watch

Spinning Out of Control: Peloton’s Attempts to Cancel a Trademark Bully

Mar 10 2021
women on stationary bikes in spin class

Have you attended a spin class at your local gym or health club? Or are you immersed in the more timely, sanitary home-spinning craze? Have you related either of these activities to a company called Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.?   Likely not. However, Mad Dogg owns several US trademark registrations, including Registration No. …

Posted in Intellectual Property, Legal Watch

With Emergency Approval of a Vaccine, Will I Have to Vaccinate?

Mar 08 2021
needle drawing covid-19 vaccine syrum from vial

Pfizer-BioNTech (“Pfizer”) and Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been authorized for emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). Due to the unprecedented speed of the vaccine approvals and release, some people are asking, “is …

Posted in COVID-19 Updates, Labor and Employment, Legal Watch

DHS Final Rule on H-1B Lottery Process Will Not Impact the FY 2022 Lottery

Mar 04 2021
American flag and Department of Homeland Security envelope

In January of this year, we posted an article discussing the rapid implementation of the Department of Homeland Security’s January 8, 2021, Final Rule. The Rule intended to convert the H-1B lottery system from a purely random selection process to …

Posted in Immigration, Legal Watch

Analyzing a Major Change in Pennsylvania Consumer Protection Law

Mar 02 2021
judge's gavel sitting on table

The Effect of Gregg v. Ameriprise Financial  Last week, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania finalized a major change in Pennsylvania consumer protection law that affects consumers, merchants, insurers, financial advisors, contractors, home sellers, and many others engaged in everyday commerce. In Gregg …

Posted in Legal Watch, Litigation, Regulatory