Albertina D. Lombardi
Feb. 16, 2015

ABLE Act Assists Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, enabling the creation of tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with qualifying disabilities, was enacted in law on December 9, 2014. It amends Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Individuals with disabilities and their families often receive public benefits for income, health care, food and housing […]

Erich J. Schock
Feb. 6, 2015

EMERGING CASELAW: Revisiting the Common Enemy Rule

Historically, the Common Enemy Rule provides that an upper landowner may discharge its stormwater on the land of a lower landowner, except where: (1) the water is diverted from its natural channel by artificial means, or (2) where the quantity or quality of the water discharged on the lower landowner is unreasonably or unnecessarily increased. […]

Marie K. McConnell
Feb. 5, 2015

Nonprofits and a Potential Constitutional Amendment in PA

The Pennsylvania Senate Finance Committee held a public hearing on February 4 to discuss Senate Bill 4. SB 4 proposes a Constitutional amendment that would confirm the legislature’s control over deciding standards for which nonprofit organizations are exempt from property taxes. This legislation came about following the 2012 Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision denying property tax […]

Feb. 1, 2015

Do you need an NDA?

Undoubtedly, situations will arise in which you, as a business owner, may want to protect sensitive information that you are sharing with outside individuals, such as: prospective customers, vendors, contractors, or collaborators. A non-disclosure agreement (“NDA”) may help to protect your interests. An NDA is a legal contract between at least two parties that outlines […]

Jan. 30, 2015

Business Flexibility in Trademark Licensing as Taught by Taylor Swift

Website reported on January 28 (with a citation to Twitter user @imbeccable) that Taylor Swift has filed an application to register the trademark “This Sick Beat.” What most don’t know is this is just another step in Swift’s clearly well-advised operation of her growing business empire. Swift presently has 100 live trademark registrations or […]

Jan. 29, 2015

Trade Secrets: It’s All About the Bacon…’Bout the Bacon

The court set the stage on the technology: Unitherm developed what it called the “Unitherm Process” for preparing pre-cooked sliced bacon. This process involved the use of a spiral ovens [sic] and super-heated steam. According to Unitherm, before it developed this process, there was no acceptable process for pre-cooking sliced bacon because all attempts had […]