Douglas Panzer
Jul. 17, 2019

Is FaceApp Giving Your Information to the Russian Government to be Stored and Used for All Eternity?

The short answer…probably. I don’t want to get too “tin foil hat” on you, but in the interest of discussing privacy and the interpretation of mobile app terms of service, I would be remiss if I failed to look at currently buzzworthy FaceApp.  And yes, even a cursory look gives plenty of ammunition to the […]

Jul. 12, 2019

FLB International Attorney Meets with Young African Leaders

Lehigh University’s Iacocca Institute is hosting the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. This is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative. Since 2014, nearly 3,700 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa has participated in the Fellowship. The Fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished […]

Jun. 17, 2019

FLB Secures Another Jury Verdict on Behalf of the City of Allentown

Shareholder Maraleen D. Shields successfully represented the City of Allentown in a case stemming from slip and fall on a City pedestrian bridge. After a week-long trial, a Lehigh County jury found in favor of the City, saying it was not negligent in its maintenance of the bridge. During the trial, the plaintiff claimed that the […]

Joshua A. Gildea
Jun. 6, 2019

District Court Upholds Administrative Pledge Policy of Bank in Bankruptcy Case

A recent decision from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York upheld the “Administrative Pledge Policy” of Wells Fargo Bank N.A. This decision echoed earlier court decisions, including from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the 1995 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens Bank of Maryland v. Strumpf. It […]

May. 24, 2019

Help! I Have New Neighbors Every Weekend!

Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Slice of Life v. Hamilton Township. As the prevalence and impact of short-term rentals continues to increase, this case will have important implications from both land use and litigation perspectives. The Court decided that the Township’s Zoning Ordinance was clear enough to prohibit the […]

Stephanie Koenig
May. 23, 2019

Interns – Are They Really Employees?

Each summer, thousands of college students look to advance their careers by landing the perfect internship. For a variety of reasons, many local employers can only offer these students an unpaid internship. Presumably, this is a win for both sides: the student gains valuable experience and the employer does not have to budget for an […]

May. 21, 2019

FLB Wins Dismissal of Employment Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Against Lehigh University

A former development research analyst for Lehigh University sued the school in state court for employment discrimination, alleging that after almost 13 years of employment, the school harassed her and terminated her employment based on her age, disabilities (fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and sleep apnea), and retaliated against her for requesting leave to address her […]

May. 20, 2019

Jacob Sitman Discusses Legal Considerations Employers Should Take Into Account During a Potential Measles Outbreak

Jacob M. Sitman, Shareholder and Chair of the Firm’s Employment Law and Labor Relations Department, was recently interviewed by Lehigh Valley Business. The resulting article, titled “If measles clocks in, is your company prepared?” examines what Lehigh Valley employers should consider and do in the face of a potential measles outbreak. Mr. Sitman specifically reminds […]

Douglas Panzer
Apr. 26, 2019

Can You Enforce a Cannabis Patent in Federal Court? 

In the first known cannabis patent infringement case to reach a federal court, the US District Court for the District of Colorado, on April 17, ruled that United Cannabis Corp.’s U.S. Patent 9,730,911 is directed to patent-eligible subject matter.  The court denied the motion of defendant Pure Hemp seeking dismissal of the case on the […]

Apr. 24, 2019

Joshua A. Gildea Reviews CASPA Updates in Network Magazine

Joshua A. Gildea, shareholder in the Firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice, recently published an article regarding CASPA in the Lehigh Valley’s Network Magazine, a publication by and for high-level professionals in the region. CASPA stands for the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act, a staple of PA construction law for more than twenty years. The act […]