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Private Energy Supply Transactions: The Smart Thing You’re Not Doing

Private Energy Supply Transactions: The Smart Thing You’re Not Doing

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • Andrew Maguire
  • By Andrew Maguire

Today, electricity and natural gas are de-regulated throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, giving property owners in these regions the opportunity to reduce energy costs by buying energy directly from private suppliers.

Early-Stage Companies: Better Off SAFE?

Early-Stage Companies: Better Off SAFE?

  • Jan 9, 2018
  • Christopher F. WrightMichael B. Lutz
  • By Christopher F. Wright and Michael B. Lutz

In exchange for accepting seed capital, early-stage companies may want to consider offering initial investors a Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE), which is a straightforward and easily-negotiated convertible instrument that will provide the investor a right to future equity in the company.

Year-End Tax Strategies Considering the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Year-End Tax Strategies Considering the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

  • Dec 21, 2017
  • Marc S. MaserChristine A. Reuther
  • By Marc S. Maser and Christine A. Reuther

    The recent passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the changes it makes to rate structures and other tax provisions create an opportunity in the final days of 2017 to permanently save tax dollars.

    Workplace Sexual Harassment: Is Your Company Next?

    Workplace Sexual Harassment: Is Your Company Next?

    • Dec 1, 2017
    • Dianne G. Moretzsohn
    • By Dianne G. Moretzsohn

      Each week seems to bring new revelations of sexual misconduct by another high-ranking politician, journalist, actor, movie producer, etc. and the inevitable fall from grace, ruined reputation and shattered career. What impact is this media focus on sexual assault and harassment likely to have on your workplace?

      Be Careful What You Record – It Could Be a Felony!

      Be Careful What You Record – It Could Be a Felony!

      • Jul 19, 2017
      • Benjamin R. Picker
      • By Benjamin R. Picker

      Pennsylvania is one of only a handful of states to require the consent of all participants in order to make an audio recording of a conversation. However, that does not mean that all conversations are protected. There are of course exceptions.

      3rd Circuit Holds 1st Amendment Right to Record Police

      • Jul 10, 2017
      • Benjamin R. Picker
      • By Benjamin R. Picker

        On July 7, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that there is a First Amendment right to record police officers in public while they are performing their official duties.

        Selection of Only Commercial Properties for Tax Assessment Appeals Ruled Unconstitutional

        Selection of Only Commercial Properties for Tax Assessment Appeals Ruled Unconstitutional

        • Jul 6, 2017
        • Benjamin R. Picker
        • By Benjamin R. Picker

        On July 5, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that school districts and other taxing authorities in Pennsylvania may not selectively appeal the real estate tax assessments of only a particular class of properties, such as commercial properties, because doing so violates the Uniformity Clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

        U.S. Supreme Court Guts Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

        U.S. Supreme Court Guts Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

        • Jun 12, 2017
        • Benjamin R. Picker
        • By Benjamin R. Picker

        The Supreme Court has undermined what many believe is the intent of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

        Confession of Judgment – Be Careful When Giving Up Your Right to Due Process

        • Industry Brief
        • May 26, 2017
        • Benjamin R. Picker
        • By Benjamin R. Picker

        Does your proposed or existing commercial lease or other commercial contract contain a confession of judgment clause? If so, you should read this so that you understand your rights and the applicable law.

        Has time run out? The law of the “Statute of Limitations” in Pennsylvania

        Has time run out? The law of the “Statute of Limitations” in Pennsylvania

        • Feb 6, 2017
        • Benjamin R. Picker
        • By Benjamin R. Picker

        If you are wronged, how long do you have before you must sue or forever lose your right to do so? This is a very important question that non-lawyers don’t often think about.

        Confession of Judgment – Be Careful When Giving Up Your Right to Due Process

        • Industry Brief
        • May 26, 2017
        • Benjamin R. Picker
        • By Benjamin R. Picker

        Does your proposed or existing commercial lease or other commercial contract contain a confession of judgment clause? If so, you should read this so that you understand your rights and the applicable law.