Federal Court Throws Out NLRB’s New Joint-Employer Rule

March 20, 2024
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On March 8, 2024, Judge J. Campbell Barker of the Eastern District of Texas vacated the National Labor Relations Board’s proposed joint employer rule. This decision by the federal judge means that for the time being, the rule created in …

Posted in Labor and Employment, Litigation, Regulatory

Is the Corporate Transparency Act Unconstitutional?

March 8, 2024
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On March 1, 2024, a U.S. District Court judge in Alabama in a fifty-three-page opinion ruled that the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) is unconstitutional because it “exceeds the Constitution’s limits on the legislative branch and lacks a sufficient nexus to …

Posted in Corporate, Litigation, Regulatory

Are You an Independent Artist? You Need an Attorney.

March 8, 2024
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In the dynamic world of independent music, art, and athletics, having a dedicated lawyer by your side is not just a choice; it’s a strategic necessity. Independent creators, be they musicians, artists, or athletes, invest immense time and energy developing …

Posted in Corporate, Education, Litigation

Is AI Assisting You, or Are You Assisting AI? 

February 26, 2024
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This might seem like a distinction without a difference but if you are going to patent any inventions you develop with the assistance of artificial intelligence, you need to know which it is. On February 13, the United States Patent …

Posted in Intellectual Property, Regulatory

File a High-Quality Provisional Patent

February 19, 2024

Understanding Provisional vs. Non-Provisional Patent Applications  Navigating the patent application process can be complex, particularly when distinguishing between provisional and non-provisional patent applications. Provisional patents, often seen as the first step in securing a patent, are informal and do not …

Posted in Intellectual Property, Regulatory

The Basics of Magisterial Courts

February 12, 2024

Magisterial District Courts, or small claims courts as they are sometimes known, are the lowest tier of the Pennsylvania judicial system and the ones with which most people will interact. Despite their colloquial name, nothing about the magisterial court system …

Posted in Litigation

Employee or Independent Contractor?

February 5, 2024

In a pivotal move, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule on January 9, 2024, set to take effect on March 11, 2024. This rule fundamentally revises the guidelines for classifying workers as employees or independent contractors …

Posted in Labor and Employment, Regulatory

The 10 Benefits of Mediation

January 30, 2024

In today’s fast-paced legal environment, Alternative Dispute Resolution methods like mediation are becoming increasingly popular. Mediation offers a variety of benefits over traditional litigation, particularly in terms of cost, time, and emotional well-being. Here are ten reasons you may be …

Posted in Alternative Dispute Resolution

To Prenup or Not to Prenup

January 23, 2024

There are two common reasons clients cite as to why they don’t need a Prenuptial Agreement:  “I don’t have a lot of money or assets; I don’t need to plan for divorce.”  “I don’t want to plan for failure or …

Posted in Family Law

The New Corporate Transparency Act 

January 16, 2024
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The landscape of corporate legislation and governance is always evolving, and this year is no different. On January 1, 2024, the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) went into effect, which will impact the regulation of small businesses in Butler County and …

Posted in Announcements, Corporate, Regulatory