Sep. 13, 2017

Courts Continue to Award Damages for Stay Violations

  I recently reported on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in In re Lansaw, in which the Court upheld the imposition of sanctions, including the award of emotional distress damages, for violations of the automatic stay. I suggested that creditors be guided accordingly. Despite the clear signals from the Courts, stay violations continue and the […]

Sep. 6, 2017

Appeals Court Allows Final Chapter 13 Payment Beyond 60 Months

Few things in life are certain. Death. Taxes. Chapter 13 plan payments must be completed within 5 years. But wait – the Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a Chapter 13 Debtor can receive a discharge, even if the final plan payment is made after 60 months. In a case of first impression […]

Aug. 22, 2017

Pennsylvania Superior Court Holds Diversion to Bankruptcy Court Eliminates Dragonetti Act Claim

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has held that the removal of a state law claim from the state courts to the federal bankruptcy court pre-empted the defendants’ subsequent suit under the Dragonetti Act for wrongful use of civil proceedings. The facts are summarized as follows: Landlord commenced an action against Law Firm and its partners for […]

Jul. 21, 2017

Commonwealth Court Affirms Court of Common Pleas Decision of in Favor of City of Allentown

On July 20, 2017, The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania affirmed the decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County in Solid Waste Servs. v. City of Allentown & Waste Mgmt. of Pa., No. 1748 C.D. 2016 (Pa. Commw. Ct. May 2, 2017). In doing so, the Court denied the Appellants’ request for a […]

Jul. 19, 2017

FLB named Top Law Firm and M&A Firm by Readers of Lehigh Valley Business

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, PC has been named both the Top Law Firm and Top Mergers & Acquisitions Firm in the Lehigh Valley for 2017 by the readers of Lehigh Valley Business.  Thousands of votes were cast in Lehigh Valley Business’ inaugural reader rankings, and the results were published on July 17, 2017. “When you […]

Jul. 12, 2017

Lehigh Valley Featured in American Airlines In-Flight Magazine

During the month of July – the busiest airline travel month of the year – American Airlines passengers around the world will be learning why the Lehigh Valley is great place to visit, relocate and operate a business.  American Way, the in-flight magazine for American Airlines, is featuring the Lehigh Valley in its Spotlight series. […]

Jul. 10, 2017

Maraleen Shields Speaks on Diversity During PBA Blue Ribbon Panel

Maraleen D. Shields, a shareholder in the Firm’s Healthcare Group and Litigation & Trial Practice, recently participated in the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Membership Enhancement Blue Ribbon Panel on Millennials, Mothers and Minorities in the Profession. “As a black woman and a relatively young mother of two children under 7, I understand the strong inclination […]

Jul. 5, 2017

PA Supreme Court Case Clarifies the Scope of Pennsylvania’s Personnel Files Act

by Jacob M. Sitman and Theresa M. DeAngelis, Summer Associate The question of whether a recently terminated employee in Pennsylvania has a statutory right to inspect his or her personnel file has been answered. The Pennsylvania Personnel Files Act (the “Act”) grants employees the statutory right to “at reasonable times” inspect their personnel files used […]

Jul. 1, 2017

FLB Adds New Shareholder to the Firm

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. is pleased to announce Maraleen D. Shields has been named a shareholder of the Firm. “When Maraleen joined FLB in 2014, she had a great CV and experience working at a large firm,” said Joseph A. Bubba, co-managing shareholder. “Since that time, she has used these skills to serve our […]

Jun. 23, 2017

Supreme Court Rules Filing a Stale Claim is not an Unfair Debt Collection Practice

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court resolved a split among the Circuit Courts of Appeals, holding that the filing a time-barred / stale claim does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Midland Funding v. Johnson (U.S. May 15, 2017). The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U. S. C. §§1692 et seq., […]