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What Does PA’s Medical Marijuana Act Mean for My Company?

Posted in Business & Corporate, Employment

Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act was enacted in May 2016 (the “Act”). Under the Act, patients with serious medical conditions, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and severe chronic or intractable pain, are authorized to use medical marijuana to treat their condition after obtaining a certification from a physician and an identification card issued… Continue Reading

Your Business Could Be Liable for Cyber Security Breaches

Posted in Business & Corporate, Cyber Law

Cyber security has become a growing concern for individuals and businesses across the nation. Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about breaches at Target, Wal-Mart, J.P. Morgan Chase, Home Depot, Apple, and Neiman Marcus. Hundreds of thousands of people had their names, social security numbers, financial information, and other sensitive data stolen and used unlawfully. Theft of consumer… Continue Reading

Borrowers Able To Rescind Loan 3 Years Later Under the Truth in Lending Act

Posted in Business & Corporate

The Truth in Lending Act was passed by Congress in order to help consumers “avoid the uninformed use of credit, and to protect the consumer against inaccurate and unfair credit billing.” The Act permits borrowers to rescind a loan three business days following the “consummation of the transaction or the delivery of the information and… Continue Reading

Good News for Commercial Lenders: Your Open-End Mortgage Could Have Priority

Posted in Business & Corporate

The Pennsylvania Legislature recently enacted legislation which amends portions of the Mechanics’ Lien Law, 49 P.S. § 1101, et. seq. (“MLL”), and provides a statutory fix to the Kessler decision. The Superior Court of Pennsylvania’s decision in Commerce Bank/Harrisburg, N.A. v. Kessler, issued in May 2012, caused a fundamental change in the industry’s understanding that… Continue Reading

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals Sends Shockwaves through Mortgage Lending Industry

Posted in Business & Corporate, Community Associations

A recent case decided by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals has sent shockwaves through the Mortgage Lending Industry and given hope to Condominium Associations and Homeowners Associations at the same time. The issue in Chase Plaza Condominium Association, Inc. v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., concerned the statutory “super-priority” lien established in the… Continue Reading

Can Punch-List Work be Considered “Work” to Determine Last Date of Work for Mechanics’ Lien Claims?

Posted in Business & Corporate

Of paramount importance to determining the deadline to file a Mechanics’ Lien Claim is the date of last work performed by the prospective claimant. A lien claim must be filed no later than six months after the claimant’s date of last work – lien claims filed after six months are time barred and will be stricken by any Court. As a result, the question of what constitutes “work” within the Law’s definition of “last work” has been the subject of much litigation, but without much guidance in the form of binding precedents from Pennsylvania’s Appellate Courts.

Pennsylvania Appellate Court Clarifies Right to Lien for Work and Materials Incidental to Erection or Construction

Posted in Business & Corporate

This blog is part of an ongoing series discussing the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law. For more information on Mechanics’ Liens in Pennsylvania, click here. For decades in Pennsylvania, there was a lack of clarity as to when Mechanics’ Lien Claim rights attached to a project where the work and materials provided were for the demolition, removal… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Intermediate Appellate Court Reverses Long-Standing Holding Regarding Mechanics’ Lien Claims

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This blog is part of an ongoing series discussing the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law. For more information on Mechanics’ Liens in Pennsylvania, click here. For decades, Mechanics Lien Claims filed under the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963 were reviewed scrupulously by the courts. Because Mechanics’ Lien Claims were considered “creatures of statute” in derogation of… Continue Reading