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State Regulators Are On Track To Improve Oil Train Safety

Our November 13 post noted that most of the crude oil from the Bakken Formation in North Dakota is shipped to ports and refineries throughout the United States by rail, typically in unit trains with one hundred cars or more. Fully twenty percent of all production from the Bakken is shipped through Pennsylvania to refineries in Philadelphia. Over t...

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When Can I Start Dating During My Divorce?

Some clients ask, “When can I start dating during my divorce process?” While you certainly can start dating, the better question is, should I start dating during the divorce process and how could it affect my case? Dating during a divorce can affect a case both emotionally as well as financially. However, certainly there are instances i...

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Updated New Jersey Poster Required – Minimum Wage Increase Coming!

An updated Wage and Hour Law Abstract poster has recently been issued by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The poster now reflects the new minimum wage of $8.38, which is effective January 1, 2015—this is an increase of 13 cents an hour from the current minimum wage of $8.25. Employers are required to provide all e...

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Executive Action on Immigration Expected as Early as This Week

President Obama is preparing to announce a 10-point plan to overhaul U.S. immigration policy via executive action, according to a draft proposal, that could add as many as five million new legal workers. The president is expected to make the announcement shortly after his return from the Asia Summit. Our readers doubtless are aware that the United ...

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Falling Prices Ignite Concern Over Bakken Crude

Gasoline prices have been falling steadily for months. Now a gallon may be purchased for substantially less than three dollars in many regions of the country. That’s welcome news for consumers, but environmentalists, regulators and first responders have been asking whether there are risks associated with this happy development that may not be...

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HIPAA in the Time of Ebola

Ebola has recently been the source of much concern, and health care providers and hospitals are taking steps to prepare themselves for the possibility of treating patients with Ebola. In addition to all of the medical preparations underway, covered entities and business associates must also continue to be aware of the protections in place that limi...

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My Spouse is Having an Affair, Can I Sue the Mistress?

You caught your spouse red-handed, you have evidence that your spouse is having an affair, and you are certain that the affair is what’s ruining your marriage—can you sue your spouse’s mistress for interfering with your marriage? No. Pennsylvania, like most states, has abolished claims of “alienation of affection.” Pri...

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Restrictive Covenant Enforcement: It’s About More Than Just Limits Of Time And Geography

Employers spend substantial resources training employees to fit the goals of their organizations. Often times, this includes providing the employee access to confidential information, introducing the employee to key business contacts, or providing the employee with specialized instruction on how to efficiently and effectively perform the role. Post...

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Counsel Fees Statute Analyzed by Court in Child Custody Case

When the new Custody Act was passed in 2011, practitioners welcomed the statute authorizing the award of counsel fees, costs and expenses, as the statute provides that a court may award reasonable interim or final counsel fees, costs and expenses to a party if the court finds that the conduct of another party was obdurate, vexatious, repetitive or ...

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Obermayer Partner Presents at Philadelphia VIP CLE Training

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP partner Michael E. Bertin presented at the Philadelphia VIP “Advanced Divorce Training: Equitable Distribution” CLE Seminar. Hosted by Obermayer, the session serves as a training for attorneys from around the region who will be handling volunteer divorce matters through VIP – which provid...

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