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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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Must Employers Provide a Fragrance-Free Workplace?

An estimated 45 million Americans are affected by some form of chemical sensitivity that may be triggered by something as simple as flowers, perfume or hand soap, according to MCS America. Because a chemical sensitivity may be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, an employer often has a duty to provide a reasonable acc...

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Analysis of Child Custody Factors in Awards on Subsidiary Issues

In the years following the enactment of the new Child Custody Act in Pennsylvania, attorneys and the bench set sail on uncharted waters. Family law attorneys waited anxiously to read appellate court decisions published following the enactment of the act for guidance as to its interpretation and application. It has been an interesting journey since ...

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Handling an Appeal in a 'Case in a Box'

Recently, one of my colleagues came into my office and asked me to step in for him on a case he was appealing. As the lawyer in our office with an appellate emphasis, I usually get consulted and pitch in when a case gets appealed, but this time he asked me to take over the entire file. The case was appealed, docketed, briefed and scheduled for oral...

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Spring Cleaning: Time for Employers To Freshen-Up Job Descriptions

Tiffani McDonough's blog post on HR Legalist, "Spring Cleaning: Time for Employers To Freshen-Up Job Descriptions," was published by Today's General Counsel. Click here to read the full article.

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