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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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Liability Claims Costs Too High? The Control of Insurance and Litigation Costs

Tricia Swann and Lars Lederer have authored, "Liability Claims Costs Too High? The Control of Insurance and Litigation," in the Insurance Coverage Law Report. Please click here to read the article.

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LXBN Leaders: for HR Legalist’s Tiffani McDonough, Blogging Isn’t Free Legal Advice, but Building a Dialogue

Tiffani McDonough was interviewed by LXBN on the firm's HR Legalist Blog. Click here for the full interview.

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Forced Sex During Marriage Warrants PFA Order, Court Rules

In Pennsylvania, the Protection From Abuse Act exists to prevent and protect  individuals from abuse. The Protection From Abuse Act is commonly referred to as  the PFA Act. Orders obtained under the PFA Act are regularly referred to as PFAs  and/or PFA orders. "Abuse" is defined, in part, under the PFA Act as follows: "The occurrenc...

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