Steven T. Boell
Feb. 17, 2016

My Summer with Scalia

Seventeen years ago, in the summer after my first year at the Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law, the school offered students a “Capitals of Europe Tour.” This was a program that toured various centers of power in the European Union, sprinkled with classes on comparative law. The highlight of the trip’s itinerary […]

Steven T. Boell
Feb. 16, 2016

Is Increased Corporate Fraud and Compliance Oversight on the Horizon for Healthcare Companies?

Recently, the United States Deputy Attorney General issued a Memorandum entitled “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing” which signals intent by federal prosecutors to increasingly investigate and prosecute corporate executives’ and officers’ roles in corporate fraud and compliance issues. While not specifically targeted to the healthcare industry, this increased focus could affect the compliance culture, as the purpose is to “seek accountability from the individuals who perpetrate wrongdoing.”

Kenneth Charette
Feb. 10, 2016

Complying with U.S. Export Laws

The Pennsylvania Department of State has issued notices regarding two separate scams being circulated to Pennsylvania businesses. The most recent scam relates to post card solicitations being mailed from a phony company named the “Business Compliance Division.”

Michael R. Nesfeder
Feb. 9, 2016

Driven to Distraction: The Hard Facts of Texting and Driving

It happens every day. You notice someone veering slightly in and out of their lane. You’re at a stoplight; the light turns green and they don’t move. When you get next to them, you’re almost sure what you’re going to see – they’re on their cell phone. I’ve seen it take all forms, too. Some […]

Timothy D. Charlesworth
Feb. 7, 2016

Going Global for Smaller Businesses

Whether you want to sell goods or services overseas, or import some component of your product, it is important to understand the laws surrounding global trade. Below are just two areas; but, numerous other U.S. and foreign laws impact your business. So, it is vital that you work closely with an experienced team in the […]

Maraleen D. Shields
Feb. 2, 2016

Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Should Be Used Cautiously

For nursing homes, it may seem prudent and efficient to have residents and/or their family sign arbitration agreements to help avoid costly lawsuits later. However, as seen in a recent Berks County case, arbitration agreements should be approached with extreme caution. Judge Jeffrey Sprecher of Berks County Court of Common Pleas overruled preliminary objections seeking […]

Maraleen D. Shields
Jan. 21, 2016

Protecting Process Not Facts: Where Peer Review and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Intersect

In a closely watched medical malpractice action, the Michigan courts are continuing to grapple with the boundaries of peer review protection. Peer review generally refers to process by which health care professionals engage in critical analysis to improve patient care. In an effort to encourage robust dialogue and analysis, many states have developed immunity statutes […]

Marie K. McConnell
Dec. 28, 2015

Nonprofit Hospital Loses Property Tax Exemption

The New Jersey Tax Court revoked Morristown Medical Center’s property tax exemption in June, triggering $2.5M-$3M in annual taxes going forward.

Jacob M. Sitman
Dec. 14, 2015

Companies That Use Staffing Agencies Must Be Careful to Avoid Joint Employer Liability

Companies that use temporary staffing agencies can and should take steps to mitigate the risk of joint employer liability.

FLB Law
Dec. 14, 2015

Can a Facebook “Like” be Considered Defamatory?

The concept of “liking” a web site or post is relatively new in terms of the law of defamation.