Timothy D. Charlesworth
Apr. 7, 2016

Should your U.S. company worry about overseas bribes?

We all know that it is illegal to bribe foreign government officials in order to get (or retain) business. The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that it is cracking down on companies that offers these bribes.

Marie K. McConnell
Apr. 5, 2016

Charter School 101

Despite over 6,700 charter schools across the U.S. and almost daily news reporting, many people still do not have a clear understanding of them.

Apr. 4, 2016

Landlords Beware: Municipal Liens Can Come Back to Haunt You

Although the law is somewhat unsettled in this area, it is possible for city-owned utility companies to place liens against a landlord’s property for unpaid tenant utility bills without first providing notice to the property owner of the same.

Mar. 18, 2016

Use of Smartphone to Record Conversation Results in Criminal Charges

Smartphones with voice notes and video cameras – we all have them. Their omnipresence has created a reality in which everything we do and say has the chance of being recorded. But what are the legalities behind using them to record? For instance, is it legal to record a conversation with your boss – or could that be considered an illegal act, akin to wiretapping? A recent legal case allowed the courts to weigh in on this issue, and the implications for employees and employers could be huge.

Mar. 11, 2016

Petition in TC Heartland Case Critical to Future of Patent Litigation

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the court responsible for hearing all patent appeals from all 94 federal district courts heard oral arguments in Kraft v. TC Heartland, a patent suit between two operating companies, which could affect all future patent litigation.

Jacob M. Sitman
Mar. 9, 2016

Employers Must Act More Quickly Than Ever To Thwart Unions

If recent statistics are indicative of a new trend resulting from last year’s changes by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in union election rules and timing, employers must respond more quickly and more effectively than ever to avoid unionization of their workforces.

Kenneth Charette
Mar. 2, 2016

Recent Changes to the Stark Law

CMS recently issued final rules that involve several changes and/or clarifications relating to the Stark Law.

Joseph A. Bubba
Feb. 24, 2016

Punitive Damages – Disturbing News For Medical Device Companies

The award of punitive damages is a troubling and unpredictable part of the American judicial process. The term “punitive damages” refers to the award of monetary compensation to an injured party that goes beyond what is necessary to compensate the injured party for their actual loss (in other words, these are non-compensatory damages that are […]

Timothy D. Charlesworth
Feb. 22, 2016

Pay Attention to “Boilerplate” in International Contracts

Imagine your company signs a lucrative deal to sell products to a large multinational company based in Germany. Then, imagine that your products are shipped to a small affiliate of that multinational in Moldova. After delivery, there is a dispute over the quality of your goods, and your customer refuses to pay. You believe that […]

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 […]