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Bianca A. Roberto is a member of Stark & Stark’s Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights, Employment, Beer & Spirits, and Business & Corporate Groups. Ms. Roberto concentrates her practice in all areas of civil and commercial litigation, including the counseling and representation of clients in estate litigation, business and commercial disputes, residential and commercial real property disputes, and employment matters.

An individual who is out of work in Pennsylvania may qualify for unemployment compensation benefits through the state government. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Office of Unemployment Compensation Benefits is responsible for processing benefit requests and determining whether you are eligible to receive benefits.

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We’ve entered a new era in Pennsylvania. Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation into law that allows wine sales in licensed private establishments in the Commonwealth. Under the law grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, and takeout beer licensees are permitted to sell up to four bottles of takeout wine per customer. This is exciting news for

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 information via the internet happens every day from any number of data or network systems to all types of people. It’s not just individuals or big box stores that are targeted. Cyber-attacks are directed at various organizations that keep clients’ and customers’ personal information on record. Hackers will look to small businesses, and even to a person’s home management company or homeowners’ association, to access their sensitive personal and financial information.


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If you were previously convicted of a crime and served your time, this will show up on your criminal record. Most employers require each job applicant undergo a criminal record check, which can mean the difference between securing a new job and losing the position to a competitor. One way to prevent this issue is to have the conviction removed from your criminal record through a process called expungement. While the law in Pennsylvania makes it difficult for individuals to have a past crime removed from their record, in some cases, it is possible.

Currently, Pennsylvania permits the expungement of misdemeanors or felonies where:

  1. The individual is 70 years of age and has been free of arrest or prosecution for 10 years following their final release from confinement or supervision; or
  2. The individual has been dead for 3 years; or
  3. The individual was convicted of a summary offense and has been free of arrest or prosecution for 5 years following the conviction.


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Recently, the Pennsylvania Senate passed House Bill 189, which amends the Pennsylvania Liquor Code to permit wine producers to ship wine directly to Commonwealth residents and reduces the special liquor order markup for licensees. Before wine-makers can start shipping their wine, they will need to obtain a direct wine shippers license, which must be renewed

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

In Jim Jay Enterprises, Inc. t/a Thunder Rolls v. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board,the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania addressed the revocation of a bar’s restaurant liquor license for failure to appropriately address security issues related to criminal/illegal activity at the licensed premises.
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