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The Cookie Crumbles in Baker’s Bid for a § 503(b)(9) Administrative Claim

Under section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code, a creditor may recover as a priority administrative expense the value of goods sold to the debtor in the ordinary course of its business that are “received” by the debtor within the twenty-day period before the filing of the bankruptcy petition. The stakes of such a determination are consid...

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The Trials of Co-Parenting with a Histrionic Personality

Co-parenting a child with a divorced spouse is difficult enough, but what do you do when your divorced spouse is diagnosed with histrionic personality disorder? The characteristics of this disorder are that the person exhibits extreme emotions, self-dramatization, self-centeredness, shallow emotions, and constant approval seeking and attentio...

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Employer-Mandated Fingerprinting May be Religious Discrimination

Sincerely believing that fingerprinting is “the mark of the devil” may be enough to sue your employer for religious discrimination and retaliation in federal district court. On Monday, October 30th, Western District of Pennsylvania Judge Kim R. Gibson issued an Order declining to dismiss such a lawsuit at the initial, pleadings stage of ...

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NLRB and EEOC Update: The Latest in Nominations and Confirmations

While all three branches of the federal government can impact labor and employment law on the national level, most major changes come from two executive branch departments—the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Labor (DOL)—and two independent agencies—the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the National Labor Rel...

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Is The Decision To Divorce Genetic?

Virginia Commonwealth University recently announced the results of a new study examining the battle of nature v. nurture in divorce.  According to the new study, “’Genetics, the Rearing Environment, and the Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce: A Swedish National Adoption Study,’ which . . . analyzed Swedish population registries...

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Michael Fitzpatrick Presents at Bucks County Bar Association Pro Bono committee CLE

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP’s Michael G. Fitzpatrick, Partner in the Philadelphia and Bucks County offices, served as a presenter at the Bucks County Bar Association Pro Bono committee CLE. Fitzpatrick spoke on "Immigration Basics in the Current Administration." Prior to joining Obermayer, Fitzpatrick was a four term member of the...

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Pennsylvania Legislature Exploring Court-Ordered Outpatient Treatment

The Pennsylvania legislature is currently considering legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act (the “Act”) to provide for court-ordered outpatient treatment for those suffering from mental illness or other impairment covered by the Act. The legislation, known as House Bill 1233: A Better Standard for Outpat...

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Failure to Disclose and Constructive Trust in Divorce

For many family law practitioners, 23 Pa.C.S. Section 3505(d) is a safety blanket protecting their clients in situations where a party fails to disclose information regarding an asset or assets with a fair market value of $1,000.00 or more which results in that asset or assets being omitted from the final distribution of property in a divorce matte...

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Striking the Right Balance With Your Newfound Authority

As a grade "K-JD," or someone who completed all schooling, from ­finger painting to issue-spotting, with no gaps in between, graduating law school and entering the "real world" required many adjustments. During my post-law school clerkship, it took several months to become acclimated to working a standard business day, every day. After all, higher...

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What #metoo Means for Employers: Workplace Harassment in the Age of Awareness

This past Sunday, actress Alyssa Milano posted the following message on Twitter: Me too. Suggested by a friend: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ As a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” Since Ms. Milano’s original tweet, the hashtag #metoo has been tr...

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