Apr. 24, 2020

Review of Pennsylvania Senate Bill 841 and Related Scheduled Business Openings (April 24)

(Updated April 24, 2020) On April 20, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 841 into law and announced the first few incremental changes toward opening up Pennsylvania after its shutdown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Governor Wolf announced the restart of construction projects statewide starting Friday, May 1, curbside pickup of […]

Apr. 15, 2020

COVID-19: Guidance for the Construction Industry

The effects of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic are being felt throughout the economy. No matter what trade you may be in, every small business faces some similarities in this crisis. You may have questions about the Paycheck Protection Program and Small Business Administration loans. And of course, every small business runs on cash flow, and […]

Apr. 3, 2020

COVID-19 & Collections of Dues/Assessments: Guidance for HOAs

The ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic continues to affect every aspect of the economy. The sudden reduction in workers’ hours and revenues throughout the economic system has left many people feeling a financial pinch. The impact of that flows through the system to potentially create further economic problems in the short-, medium- and even long-term. As […]

Apr. 1, 2020

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Closes Courts to the Public Statewide (April 1)

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court updated its order directing the closure of all state Courts, beginning at the end of the day, Thursday, March 19, 2020 and is now “extended through April 30, 2020.” This closure includes not only stays of all trials, but also all in-person pretrial conferences, hearings, and […]

Mar. 31, 2020

CARES Act Expands Relief for Small Businesses

Long before COVID-19 (Coronavirus) was even known to most Americans, Congress acted to address a recognized deficiency in the Bankruptcy Code. The expansive provisions for business reorganization under Chapter 11 were too cumbersome, expensive and complex for many smaller businesses, while the options for “mom and pop” enterprises under Chapter 13 were too limited. To […]

Mar. 30, 2020

Court Dismisses Claims Against City Arising from Fatal Traffic Accident

On March 24, 2020, the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas granted summary judgment in favor of the City of Allentown, and dismissed plaintiff’s claims alleging the existence of a dangerous intersection. The case arose out of a tragic accident in 2015 in which the plaintiff’s car was struck by another vehicle driven by an […]

Mar. 28, 2020

Guidance for Employers – Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (March 28)

(Updated March 28, 2020) On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law. We understand employers are trying to stay abreast of the changing legal landscape in the face of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and have many questions regarding what this new federal law means for their workforce. Below we […]

Mar. 26, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance for Commercial Landlords

The impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt throughout the economy, with a collapse of demand in basically every consumer-facing industry, including restaurants, hotels, airlines, gas stations, and non-grocery retail stores. These problems flow through the economic food chain, with storefronts unable to pay landlords, who in turn have trouble paying their lenders. They may […]

Mar. 20, 2020

Third United States Judicial Circuit Courts are Open and Operational (March 20)

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has reported that all courts within the Third United States Judicial Circuit are open and operational, despite a curtailment of certain court functions and the closure of several court facilities. The Third Circuit encompasses Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the Virgin Islands, and includes the federal district and bankruptcy […]

Mar. 19, 2020

Can You Invoke Force Majeure in the Wake of COVID-19?

As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, our daily lives, and business operations, continue to be interrupted in ways that we have not seen in recent memory. Major sport leagues have been suspended, local events postponed, deliveries cancelled, and other contractors have failed to perform their contracts due to the viral outbreak. However, when an event is […]