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Effectively Utilize Restrictive Covenants in the Construction Industry

Restrictive covenants come in many forms; they can be stand-alone agreements, such as a confidentiality agreement, or they can be included in various types of contracts, such as noncompete or nonsolicitation provisions in employment contracts, asset purchase agreements or stock purchase agreements. Many industries that rely on relationships to gen...

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Child Support During College Enforced Pursuant to Contract

A question often asked of family law practitioners is whether child support continues when a child attends college. In the early 1990s, this issue was addressed head-on by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as well as the legislature. In the seminal case of Blue v. Blue, 616 A.2d. 628 (Pa. 1992), the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that a parent owe...

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Tiffani McDonough Featured on Philly.com

Chillin' Wit' Tiffani McDonough, lawyer and legal blogger Tiffani McDonough is featured in this piece which highlights Obermayer's blog and her contributions as editor and a writer. She uses the blog to discuss legal issues in nonlawyerly lingo to help employers avoid employee lawsuits. Click here to read the full article.  

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What to Expect When Your Employees are Expecting

Does an employer have to provide a modified work schedule to a pregnant employee with morning sickness or light duty to a pregnant employee with lifting restrictions? The answer depends on who you ask. Most federal courts say no, but the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says yes. Fortunately for employers, resolution of this issue is on...

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Strike, You’re Out! How Zoning Codes Are Being Invalidated

It is well-settled that local municipalities may exercise police power to promote reasonable objectives in the regulation of land use through zoning ordinances. New York City was the first city to adopt a zoning code in 1916, and others followed suit creating ordinances for the orderly development of residential, commercial and industrial uses of p...

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Despite New Ruling, New Rule, Discovery of Expert Communication Remains Unclear

We are essentially sitting in the waiting room regarding some important issues pending before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Anyone who reads my material with any regularity knows, for example, that I (and more than a few products liability colleagues) await a ruling on the application of the Restatement (Third) of Torts. And that’s just one...

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A Lawyer's Flight from his Office

Paul Heintz authored, "A Lawyer's Flight from his Office," in Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine about his cross-country tour with his wife in his Cessna 210. Click here to read the full article.

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Take Advantage of Technology to Connect With Clients

In "Information Technology and Lawyers," Anja Oskamp and Arno Lodder wrote that "information technology is fast, schematic, and futuristic; lawyers are cautious, verbose, and old-fashioned." In what often seems an overcrowded legal marketplace, young lawyers, however, have learned to embrace technology and have a finite advantage over their elder p...

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Superior Court Further Refines Standing in Child Custody Cases

Under Pennsylvania's child custody statute, 23 Pa.C.S., there are two sections that pertain to standing in order for individuals to bring an action for child custody. Section 5324 provides three categories of individuals who may bring an action for any form of physical or legal custody. The three categories are: (1) a parent of the child; (2) a per...

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Making E-Discovery Work for You in Employment Claims

I know what you're thinking: Not another article about e-discovery requirements. Much ink has been spilled about the potential penalties when organizations and their counsel fail to take affirmative steps to preserve electronic evidence. Indeed, the focus on penalties is justified, since sanctions for spoliation of electronic records can include ad...

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