Five Questions to Ask if You Are Involved in a Defamation Lawsuit

Mar 29 2022
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Defamation is a nuanced and often misunderstood area of the law. Essentially, defamation occurs when a statement is made about a person that is both factually untrue and tends to harm the person’s reputation in his or her community. While …

Posted in Litigation

Choice of Law and Choice of Venue | Contract Issues for Small Business Owners

Nov 05 2021
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In this multi-part series, we highlight key contract issues for today’s business owners, including: The Indemnification Clause Insurance Provisions Warranty Language Choice of Law and Choice of Venue Choice of Law You have most likely seen both “choice of law” …

Posted in Corporate, Legal Watch, Litigation

The Indemnification Clause | Contract Issues for Small Business Owners

Nov 02 2021
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Gone are the days of sealing a deal with a simple handshake. Contracts have become more and more complex, and even so-called basic terms and conditions contain provisions that can create unforeseen liabilities. In this multi-part series, we will highlight …

Posted in Corporate, Insurance, Legal Watch, Litigation

Tire-Chalking and the Fourth Amendment

Sep 21 2021
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Last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an opinion in a minor case that may have a far-reaching impact. The Plaintiff, Brittany Taylor, had amassed fifteen parking tickets, which began at $15. In each …

Posted in Legal Watch, Litigation

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

May 11 2021
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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 …

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Analyzing a Major Change in Pennsylvania Consumer Protection Law

Mar 02 2021
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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

Taking from the Poor and Giving to the Rich? What is Robinhood’s Exposure in the GameStop Saga?

Feb 02 2021
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Platform Faces Scrutiny For Trading Freeze Last week, we shared an article about the potential exposure that some investors may have in the GameStop saga as investigations into whether an illegal “pump-and-dump” had occurred were in the news. This week, …

Posted in Legal Watch, Litigation, Regulatory

Gaming the Market with GameStop: Is This a Pump and Dump?

Jan 28 2021
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Will There Be Legal Repercussions For Driving Stock Price Up? One may have expected that the biggest story of the financial world shortly after a new presidential administration takes office would be the confirmation of the administration’s choice for Secretary …

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Health of A State: Police Power and the Stay-at-Home Order

Apr 27 2020
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Are Governor Wolf’s Orders Unconstitutional? COVID-19 has affected so many lives that the American people do not know whom to look to for assurances. Every day there are updates from the President of the United States, as well as updates …

Posted in COVID-19 Updates, Legal Watch, Litigation

Contractors and Coronavirus: Refunds of Down Payments

Mar 18 2020
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With various federal, state, and local government officials in western Pennsylvania recommending social distancing due to coronavirus, contractors and homeowners may be wondering if they should go forth with projects that are already under contract. At the moment, the decision …

Posted in COVID-19 Updates, Legal Watch, Litigation