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    Media Mentions
    The Eviction Moratorium’s End May Not Lead to a Jump in Homelessness
    July 23, 2021 / GlobeSt

    Real estate attorney Steve Williams is quoted in GlobeSt regarding eviction proceedings in Pennsylvania. Steve stated, “Most of the larger landlords, at least the ones I’ve been speaking to, have not had a significant problem with tenants ...

    Publications
    The Delaware Contractor Registration Act: What Businesses Should Know
    July 12, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    In efforts to reduce worker misclassification, the State of Delaware recently enacted the “Delaware Contractor Registration Act,” which requires all businesses performing construction services or maintenance in Delaware to enroll with the ...

    Media Mentions
    Bill Cosby Released From Prison After Conviction Overturned
    June 30, 2021 / CNN

    CNN legal analyst Shanlon Wu discussed Bill Cosby’s overturned conviction and the circumstances that led to it.

    Blog Posts
    Will DC Universities Still Have Social Distancing Requirements in the Fall?
    June 28, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    Since the COVID -19 pandemic began, universities around the country have been implementing strict guidelines to keep their students as safe as possible during the school year. From social distancing to contact tracing, the typical college experience ...

    Publications
    CDC Eviction Moratorium Extended Until July 31, 2021
    June 25, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    On June 24, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an order extending the eviction moratorium until July 31, 2021. The June 24th order incorporates the original moratorium order and all subsequent extensions and modifications. ...

    Publications
    Volatility in the Market Place: Lessons Learned From Price Increases of Past Pandemics
    June 23, 2021 / NUCA Business Journal

    In the last year, materials, equipment, parts, and crafts workers have been in scarce supply due to the coronavirus pandemic. Disruptions to supply chains have increased the cost of such goods and labor. NUCA Members have experienced delays in the ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Celebrates Pride and Supports Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair
    June 21, 2021

    Cohen Seglias celebrates Pride Month each June to recognize and honor the contributions our LGBTQ+ colleagues, friends, and loved ones have made to our society and the legal industry. In support of the LGBTQ+ community this June, we are proud to ...

    Blog Posts
    Can I Go Back to College in Person if I’m Not Fully Vaccinated?
    June 7, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    Now that the COVID -19 vaccine is becoming more accessible to young people, many college students are wondering when college life will go back to normal. Around the country, college leaders are saying that a high rate of vaccination is necessary ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Ranked Seventh in Nation by Construction Executive’s “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms® of 2021”
    June 7, 2021

    We are proud to announce that Cohen Seglias is ranked seventh in the latest national rankings in Construction Executive’s “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms® of 2021.” Construction Executive, a leading industry publication, surveyed hundreds ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Named to the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
    May 26, 2021

    We are pleased to announce that numerous Cohen Seglias attorneys were selected to this year’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. The Super Lawyers lists recognize no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state and the Rising ...

    Media Mentions
    NJBiz Leaders in Law: Q&A with Michael F. McKenna
    May 24, 2021 / NJBiz

    What do you consider to be your greatest contribution to the success of your company/clients? Contractors, owners, subcontracts, and other construction industry members face complicated, often confusing legal issues. Being a resource for them is ...

    Blog Posts
    Are Universities Making COVID-19 Vaccines a Requirement in the DC Area?
    May 24, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone. Regular operations have been disrupted in every corner of our society — from businesses to schools and communities. Over the past 13 months, universities have been setting new policies ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Ranked in Chambers USA 2021
    May 20, 2021

    We are pleased to announce that Cohen Seglias is recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the preeminent legal ranking of attorneys and law firms. The firm’s Construction Group is named a leading ...

    Blog Posts
    Five Steps To Take if Another Student Reports You for COVID-19 Violations
    May 10, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    Colleges and universities usually have fairly strict policies regulating student behavior on their campuses, and this has only become more true in the era of COVID -19. From how many students can be in any one building at once to where students can ...

    Publications
    Federal Judge Strikes Down CDC Eviction Moratorium as Unconstitutional
    May 6, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    Relief from the CDC Moratorium may be on its way for landlords and property owners. On May 5, 2021, Judge Dabney Friedrich of the DC District Court set aside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) moratorium that is currently in place ...

    Announcements
    2021 Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Building HOPE Virtual Lunch-In
    May 5, 2021

    As a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and its mission to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter, Cohen Seglias was proud to sponsor their Building Hope Virtual Lunch-In on May 4. The Building Hope Lunch ...

    Publications
    COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination: Employment Law Q&A
    May 4, 2021 / ABC Eastern Pennsylvania

    In March, we spoke at ABC Eastern Pennsylvania’s Safety Committee Meeting about the employment law implications of employer-mandated COVID-19 tests and vaccines. Below is an overview of the topics we addressed during the presentation and answers ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias White Collar Partners Help Shape Major Opioid Settlement with DOJ and States
    May 4, 2021

    Cohen Seglias is pleased to announce that partners Julie Grohovsky and Shanlon Wu helped obtain a major civil settlement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico against Indivior, PLLC. for fraud committed against Medicaid and ...

    Media Mentions
    FTC Charges First Person Under COVID-19 False Claims Law
    May 3, 2021 / Verywell Health

    Julie Grohovsky spoke with Verywell Health about the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) bringing false marketing claims under the new COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act. The agency’s action against chiropractor Eric Nepute is the first such case ...

    Publications
    Vaccination Considerations
    May 1, 2021 / Modern Steel Construction

    Two attorneys weigh in on mandatory and incentive-based employer policies for COVID vaccinations. For months now, employer COVID-19 vaccination programs have been the subject of much speculation and debate. Most of this discussion has focused on two ...

    Publications
    Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Fraud: No Slowdown in the Prosecution for Criminal and Civil Liability
    May 1, 2021 / NUCA Business Journal

    The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation (OIG) continues with an aggressive campaign to find evidence of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) fraud in federal highway projects. This article shall focus on the ...

    Newsletters
    Q&A with Cohen Seglias’ Three New Construction Partners
    April 30, 2021 / Construction in Brief: 2021 Volume 1

    Daniel Fierstein, Kathleen Morley, and Jackson Nichols were recently promoted to the firm’s partnership. Our newsletter team sat down with them to discuss their practices. Q: Tell us a little about your practice and the services that you provide ...

    Newsletters
    Spring Cleaning: Review Your Contracts to Account for Ongoing COVID-19 Concerns
    April 30, 2021 / Construction in Brief: 2021 Volume 1

    At this point, avoiding the cliché is, well, unavoidable. We are now past the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic and much has changed. You don’t need a construction attorney to tell you so. While things have changed, we all must move forward ...

    Newsletters
    New York’s Strong Enforcement of No-Damages-for-Delay Provisions
    April 30, 2021 / Construction in Brief: 2021 Volume 1

    A common clause in many New York construction contracts is a “no-damage-for-delay” exculpatory provision, providing, in sum, that delay damages are not compensable and that if you are delayed, then you are only entitled to a time extension (at ...

    Newsletters
    Securing and Protecting Home-Field Advantage in Construction Litigation
    April 30, 2021 / Construction in Brief: 2021 Volume 1

    In construction litigation, home-field advantage is a concept that arises quite frequently. Certainly, in the sports world where we are used to hearing this term, home-field advantage is a controversial phenomenon. But, in the legal realm, the ...

    Newsletters
    First in Time is Not First in Right for New Jersey Judgments
    April 30, 2021 / Construction in Brief: 2021 Volume 1

    A harsh reality in any business, including construction, is that there will be people who owe you money but do not have it. In general, a simple collection action can be brought against these individuals to obtain a judgment that can be executed ...

    Newsletters
    What’s New
    April 30, 2021 / Construction in Brief: 2021 Volume 1

    We hope that you had a productive start to the new year. In this issue, you will learn about New York’s strong enforcement of no-damages-for-delay provisions, how to preserve the priority of your judgments in New Jersey, and how to secure and ...

    Newsletters
    Construction in Brief: 2021 Volume 1
    April 30, 2021

    We hope that you had a productive start to the new year. In this issue, you will learn about New York’s strong enforcement of no-damages-for-delay provisions, how to preserve the priority of your judgments in New Jersey, and how to secure and ...

    Publications
    Recreational Marijuana Use Legalized in New Jersey: Employment Law Implications
    April 30, 2021 / Utility and Transportation Contractor

    On February 22, 2021, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act (CREAMMA), legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults twenty-one and ...

    Publications
    CFPB Enacts New Protections for Tenants Under the CDC Eviction Moratorium
    April 29, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    On April 16, 2021, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an Interim Final Rule which, effective May 3, 2021, requires all “debt collectors” pursuing an eviction to provide written notice to the tenant(s) of possible protections ...

    Media Mentions
    HVAC Businesses Can Face Criminal Charges, Just Like Individuals
    April 27, 2021 / The ACHR News

    Chris Carusone and Brionna Denby spoke with The ACHR News about recent criminal charges levied against G&R Drywall and Framing for misclassification of workers. Brionna explained the background of the state attorney general’s program and ...

    Publications
    Prosecuting Prevailing Wage Violations: Shapiro Targets Construction Industry
    April 27, 2021 / The Legal Intelligencer

    During his first term, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the creation of the first-ever Fair Labor Section of the Office of Attorney General to combat what he described as wage theft, tip stealing, misclassification and similar ...

    Media Mentions
    Pa. Wage Theft Cases Put Employers On Notice, Attys Say
    April 27, 2021 / Law360

    Christopher Carusone spoke with Law360 about the Goodco and Hawbaker cases and the growing threat of the criminal enforcement of state labor laws by newly aggressive prosecutors. In the article, Chris states that the recent criminal charges ...

    Media Mentions
    Nearly Every State Has a Hate-Crime Law. Why Don’t More People Use Them?
    April 26, 2021 / The Washington Post

    Shanlon Wu spoke with The Washington Post about his experience charging hate crimes as a federal prosecutor, and the misconception that hate crimes are harder to prove. Shan stated that proving hate crimes is no different from what happens ...

    Blog Posts
    What Online Interactions Are Considered Inappropriate?
    April 26, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    Remote learning is hard on everyone—students, professors, school staff, and even parents. With a new platform for education comes a new etiquette, with spoken and unspoken rules about what you can say, how you can act, and what is required of you ...

    Blog Posts
    Promising News for the Gateway Project From Commissioner Zaro
    April 26, 2021 / Construction Law Now

    On April 19, 2021, Gateway Development Commission Trustee Jerry Zaro updated New Jersey Alliance members on the much anticipated and critically needed Gateway Program (the Program). The estimated $30 billion, 10-year Program will increase capacity ...

    Media Mentions
    Former Officer Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Three Counts in George Floyd Killing
    April 21, 2021 / NBC News NOW

    Julie Grohovsky spoke with NBC News NOW about the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. She discussed the potential impact the verdict will have on the trials of the three other officers charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and ...

    Media Mentions
    Former Federal Prosecutor on Possible Outcomes of Derek Chauvin Trial
    April 19, 2021 / NBC News NOW

    Julie Grohovsky spoke with NBC News NOW anchor Joe Fryer about the possible outcomes of the Derek Chauvin trial. She discussed the jury’s deliberation process and the closing arguments.

    Media Mentions
    Chauvin Trial Moves To Closing Argument on Monday
    April 16, 2021 / CNN

    As a legal analyst on CNN, Shan Wu discussed the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota. He explained the disparity between the number of witnesses called by the defense and the prosecution, noting that the prosecution bears the burden of proof.

    Blog Posts
    The Hidden Risk in Design-Build Project Negotiations: Copyrights
    April 15, 2021 / Construction Law Now

    Of the countless issues contractors face on a construction project, immediate problems like scheduling, workforce, payment, and materials supply often overshadow intellectual property concerns. But, they shouldn’t—especially for the design-build ...

    Blog Posts
    What Does the New Secretary of Education Mean for College Students?
    April 12, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. Whether you celebrated this ceremony or not, it is undeniable that the Biden administration means big changes for the future of education in the ...

    Announcements
    2021 NJBiz Leaders in Law: Michael F. McKenna
    April 7, 2021

    Cohen Seglias is pleased to announce that partner Michael McKenna is listed on NJBiz’ inaugural “Leaders in Law” list. A panel of independent judges, experienced with the justice system, selected honorees (lawyers and general counsel) for ...

    Blog Posts
    The American Jobs Plan—What Does it Mean for Utility, Heavy Highway, and Transportation Construction?
    April 6, 2021 / Construction Law Now

    This week, President Biden introduced the $2 trillion American Jobs Plan (AJP), which includes his blueprint for investing in the country’s infrastructure, utility, and transportation systems over the next eight years. If made into law, the ...

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    Whitney Patience O’Reilly Recognized as Top Author in 2021 JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards
    March 31, 2021

    We are excited to announce that the firm and Whitney O’Reilly are recognized by the 2021 JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards. Whitney is listed as a Top Author for her thought leadership in wealth preservation in 2020. The Readers’ Choice Awards ...

    Publications
    CDC Eviction Moratorium Extended Until June 30, 2021
    March 30, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    On March 29, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the current eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. If a tenant previously provided a signed declaration to the landlord and/or property owner invoking the ...

    Media Mentions
    The Dotted Line: Beefing Up Davis-Bacon Compliance
    March 30, 2021 / Construction Dive

    Jonathan Landesman spoke with Construction Dive about the Davis-Bacon federal wage rules. In the article, he cautions construction companies that it is not always clear-cut if a construction project is subject to Davis-Bacon. Jon said, “Even if in ...

    Media Mentions
    Julie Grohovsky Discusses the Derek Chauvin Trial on NBC News NOW
    March 29, 2021 / NBC News NOW

    Julie Grohovsky was interviewed on NBC News NOW about the Derek Chauvin trial. She discussed the prosecution’s strategy and the defense’s argument in regard to the recordings and bystanders.

    Blog Posts
    How Can My Professor Tell I Am Cheating With Online Resources?
    March 29, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, students and professors have all had to adapt to online teaching and learning. Among the many challenges that this adjustment has presented is the increased specter of online cheating. As the opportunity for ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Selected to the 2021 New Jersey Super Lawyers List
    March 26, 2021

    We are pleased to announce that three Cohen Seglias attorneys were selected to this year’s New Jersey Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. The Super Lawyers list recognizes a maximum of 5 percent of attorneys in each state and the Rising Stars ...

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    Cohen Seglias Partners Named to Law360 Editorial Advisory Boards
    March 25, 2021

    Cohen Seglias is proud to announce that four partners, Julie Grohovsky, Michael Payne, Bob Ruggieri and Steve Williams, have been selected to serve on editorial advisory boards for Law360. The advisory boards, focused on a variety of practices and ...

    Podcasts
    When Is Racial Harassment Considered A Hate Crime?
    March 23, 2021 / NPR 1A

    Shan Wu was a guest on the NPR 1A podcast where he discussed the attacks in Atlanta, GA. Drawing on his experience as a federal prosecutor, Shan explained the challenges of charging and prosecuting hate crimes.  The shooter in the deadly ...

    Media Mentions
    How Law Firms Are Supporting Women Lawyers in The Pandemic
    March 17, 2021 / The National Law Review

    Lori Wisniewski Azzara, chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, spoke with The National Law Review about Cohen Seglias’ efforts to support our women attorneys throughout the pandemic. Lori discussed a number of topics, including ...

    Media Mentions
    COVID-19 – Back to the Beginning
    March 17, 2021 / Construction SuperConference

    Ed Seglias is quoted in Construction SuperConference newsletter. When asked about his level of optimism when it comes to in-person events, Ed answered, “With the vaccine rollout and businesses reopening, we are hopeful that hybrid and in-person ...

    Blog Posts
    90-Day Delay: Why NJ Contractors Should File Construction Lien Claims Early
    March 16, 2021 / Construction Law Now

    “There’s no time like the present”—cliché or not, this may become the new rule for when contractors should file their New Jersey lien claims during the pandemic, and probably after. Unlike lawsuits and other legal actions, New Jersey liens ...

    Publications
    Recent COVID-19 Eviction Restrictions in Allegheny County
    March 5, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh have imposed important additional requirements and restrictions upon landlord/tenant evictions in Allegheny County. The ordinance passed by the Pittsburgh City Council is particularly ...

    Publications
    Material Cost Escalation and Ways for Contractors to Beat It
    March 4, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    Whether you are following the financial headlines or reviewing recent supply invoices, one thing is clear: the cost of materials is on the rise and far from slowing down as the rate continues to accelerate. Contractors are under mounting pressure to ...

    Media Mentions
    Boulder Shooting Suspect Held Without Bail in First Court Appearance
    March 2, 2021 / CNN

    As a legal analyst on CNN, Shan Wu discussed the charges against the Boulder, CO shooter and the arguments the defense is likely to make in the trial.

    Media Mentions
    New York Creates Statewide Construction Death Registry
    February 25, 2021 / Construction Dive

    Michael Metz-Topodas spoke with Construction Dive about the new law in New York that expands the definition of workers and puts more responsibility on contractors to report fatalities to a state registry of on-the-job construction deaths. Michael ...

    Publications
    Anti-Asian Violence Must Be Charged as a Hate Crime
    February 25, 2021 / CNN

    Prosecutors need to charge anti-Asian violence as hate crimes. While any violent crime impacts the victim, a crime motivated by hate can impact entire groups of people, be they of a particular race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation. To ...

    Publications
    Businesses Beware: Companies Are Strictly Liable Under PA’s Consumer Protection Law for Potentially Deceptive Practices
    February 23, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    In September 2019, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to review the decision in Gregg v. Ameriprise Financial, Inc. under Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL). The issue before the court was whether a ...

    Publications
    Tips for Effectively Communicating With In-House Counsel Clients
    February 23, 2021 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Corporate clients rely heavily on their law departments when legal issues arise. This responsibility puts no small amount of pressure on our in-house counterparts, considering that outside counsel fees can be enormous, and few nonlawyer ...

    Blog Posts
    Do I Need a Lawyer if My College Student Is Accused of a Crime?
    February 22, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    College is a time of freedom and independence for many students. However, with that independence comes an increased potential to run up against the law. If your university student has been accused of a crime, you might be completely freaked out. ...

    Media Mentions
    A Once-Touted Mariner East Pipeline Bribery Case Is Poised To End With No Convictions
    February 18, 2021 / The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Christopher Carusone is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the firm’s representation of Michael Boffo and Nikolas McKinnon in the Mariner East pipeline bribery case. The security contractors were facing charges of conspiracy, ...

    Blog Posts
    2021 Construction Forecast: The Road to Recovery
    February 18, 2021 / Construction Law Now

    Despite the exhaustion and chaos that the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the construction industry in 2020, turning the page to 2021 offers several reasons for cautious optimism, including two approved coronavirus vaccines (with a possible third soon ...

    Media Mentions
    Security Firm Figures in ARD Program on Pipeline Case
    February 17, 2021 / Daily Local News

    Christopher Carusone is mentioned in a Daily Local News article in regard to the firm’s representation of Michael Boffo and Nikolas McKinnon in the Mariner East pipeline bribery case. The security contractors were facing charges of conspiracy, ...

    Blog Posts
    What Disciplinary Proceedings Can Jeopardize Your Education?
    February 8, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    Being accused or convicted of a criminal offense can have far-reaching repercussions not only in your private life but in your education as well. Even when you’ve not been accused or convicted of a crime, the idea of facing a disciplinary hearing ...

    Media Mentions
    Spotlight On: George Pallas, Managing Partner & CEO, Cohen Seglias
    February 4, 2021 / Invest: Philadelphia

    Over the past 30 years, Cohen Seglias has grown from a three-attorney construction-focused law firm to a firm with over 75 attorneys across eight offices offering a wide range of legal services. Managing Partner and CEO George Pallas spoke ...

    Blog Posts
    Biden Administration Calls on OSHA to Help Recalibrated COVID-19 Fight
    February 3, 2021 / Construction Law Now

    President Joseph Biden has directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to revamp its efforts to protect employees from COVID-19, including workers in the construction industry. Among the instructions given in a January 21, 2021 ...

    Publications
    Don’t Lose Your Brand Name—Watch out for the Decennial Report
    February 1, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    Please note, this article was updated on March 3, 2021. Rarely do corporate filings make a non-lawyer’s New Year’s resolutions list, but Pennsylvania businesses should be mindful about protecting their names and registered insignias or marks ...

    Publications
    Your State Has a Prompt Pay Act: So Why Do You Have To Go to Trial To Get Paid When the Statute Deemed the Invoices as Due?
    February 1, 2021 / NUCA Business Journal

    Most states have some form of Prompt Pay Act (PPA) for private and/or public jobs, and the language within these PPAs often mirror each other. The purpose of such PPA laws is to legislatively guarantee timely payment to general contractors and ...

    Media Mentions
    Federal Law Enforcement Investigation Shifts To Building Conspiracy Cases Against Capitol Insurrectionists
    January 28, 2021 / 89.3KPCC AirTalk

    Shanlon Wu, a former federal prosecutor, was a guest on 89.3 KPCC Air Talk where he discussed the federal investigation of and charges for the Capitol insurrection. The FBI’s investigation into the January 6th Capitol attack is evolving as ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Moves Philadelphia Office to 1600 Market, Expanding its Center City Presence
    January 28, 2021

    After 15 years at 30 South 17th Street, we are excited to announce our move to 1600 Market Street, where we occupy all of the 32nd floor and half of the 31st floor. Our new space of 40,000 sq. ft., designed by L2Partridge and built by IMC ...

    Publications
    CDC Eviction Moratorium Extended Until March 31, 2021
    January 25, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed an executive order mandating that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extend the current eviction moratorium until at least March 31, 2021. While the extension is not yet published in the ...

    Blog Posts
    Washington, DC Marijuana Laws and Your Rights as a Student
    January 25, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    Marijuana laws are tricky. At the federal level, marijuana is still illegal, both for medicinal and recreational uses. In some states, it’s legal to use medically, but not recreationally. And in others, it’s legal to use both medically and ...

    Publications
    Construction Delays: The Fundamentals
    January 22, 2021 / Bulletin

    Every contractor, no matter how experienced or prepared, will confront delays on a project. Typical causes of delays are bad weather, change orders, re-designs or omissions, long lead time, and unforeseen or differing site conditions. A delay, ...

    Media Mentions
    The New Risk-Management Report: The Pandemic Outlook
    January 20, 2021 / The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Cohen Seglias attorney Shanlon Wu is quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s New Risk-Management Report. The report explores the legal and financial vulnerability institutions of higher education face and the tactics schools can take to ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Promotes Three Construction Attorneys to Partners
    January 19, 2021

    We are excited to announce the promotions of Daniel Fierstein, Kathleen Morley, and Jackson Nichols to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2021. Dan, Kathleen, and Jackson are all members of the firm’s Construction Group. Dan and ...

    Publications
    Trade and the Construction Industry: How Will the Biden Administration Respond?
    January 19, 2021 / Construction SuperConference

    PHILADELPHIA – A new presidential administration always triggers discussion about what policies will change from the past administration and what new initiatives will be advanced. No doubt the new Biden administration will depart significantly ...

    Blog Posts
    Rare Criminal Enforcement for Violations of PA Workplace Misclassification Statute Leads to Dozens of Charges in Delaware County
    January 19, 2021 / Construction Law Now

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro made the point in a recent press conference, saying, “When you misclassify employees, let me be clear what you are doing: You are stealing.” Under the Construction Workplace Misclassification Act (Act ...

    Blog Posts
    NJ Contractors, Take Note: How OSHA Compliance Can Preserve Workers’ Compensation Immunity
    January 14, 2021 / Construction Law Now

    Contractors already know that ensuring their team members’ well-being tops the list of reasons for a strong safety and OSHA compliance program. A recent New Jersey state court decision just gave them another—preserving workers’ compensation ...

    Publications
    New Administration, New Labor Laws: An Overview for 2021 and Beyond
    January 12, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    President-elect Joseph Biden campaigned on a robust platform of labor and employment legislation. With a 50-50 split in the Senate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris can be expected to break any ties on the Senate floor. Employers should expect ...

    Publications
    Design-Assist: What It Is, Why It’s Beneficial
    January 11, 2021 / Modern Steel Construction

    A new paper created by AISC and AIA clarifies newer approaches to project delivery, such as design-assist, that can result in more efficient steel projects. We live in a world of ever-increasing complexity, and there is little prospect of that ...

    Media Mentions
    In Their Words: What Attys Expect If Garland Becomes AG
    January 7, 2021 / Law360

    Shan Wu spoke to Law360 about expected changes to the Department of Justice under President-elect Biden’s nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland. Shan stated, “One of Garland’s priorities will be the Justice ...

    Blog Posts
    How Will a Biden Administration Affect Title IX?
    January 1, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    College can be a time of freedom and exploration for young people. However, there is also a long-ignored culture of sexual discrimination and harassment that affects many campuses around the country — and, unfortunately, sometimes a tendency ...

    Publications
    Ask an Attorney: Construction Claims – An Overview
    December 31, 2020 / Merit Shop Spokesman

    Most contractors hope their projects will proceed efficiently, within budget, on time, and, most importantly, without needing to file a claim against any of the other parties working on the job. Unfortunately, reality often proves otherwise. Claims ...

    Publications
    COVID-19 Alert: Requiring Employees to Vaccinate
    December 30, 2020 / Utility and Transportation Contractor

    As the race for a COVID-19 vaccine gains momentum (and seems to be approaching the finish line), many employers are still wondering whether or not they can require employees to get vaccinated. Generally speaking, employer-mandated vaccination ...

    Media Mentions
    Pandemic Encourages Colleges to Look at Teens Social Media Posts More Often
    December 29, 2020 / 21WFMJ

    Shan Wu provided 21WFMJ with three tips for social media posting to help teenagers avoid incident. Assume nothing you post is private. Even disappearing messages can be captured before they disappear so nothing on social media is really ...

    Publications
    The Year-End Pandemic Relief Bill – More Delay for Landlords
    December 29, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the COVID-19 relief bill that Congress passed the week before. This stimulus package impacts landlords in two important ways. Eviction Moratorium First, the relief bill extends the current CDC eviction ...

    Media Mentions
    University ‘Rushed to Judgment’ in Pressuring Student Withdrawal After Slur Clip Goes Viral, Attorney Says
    December 28, 2020 / Fox News

    Shan Wu spoke to Fox News on behalf of his client, Mimi Groves, a student forced to withdraw from the University of Tennessee following the release of a video where she used a racial slur. The video was initially taken when she was 15 years old but ...

    Newsletters
    Q&A with Edward D. Altabet
    December 22, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 3

    Our newsletter team recently sat down with the new managing partner of the firm’s New York office, Ed Altabet. Tell us a little about your practice and the services you provide to your clients. A: I primarily represent clients in complex ...

    Newsletters
    The Name of the Game in Design-Build Contracts? Document, Document, Document!
    December 22, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 3

    Design-build contracts (and their lesser utilized counterpart—engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts) are prevalent in the construction industry. Though far from a new contractual relationship, design-build contracts are ...

    Newsletters
    Protect that Brand: A Quick Guide to Filing Trademarks
    December 22, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 3

    A company’s tradename and logo are valuable assets. Consumers’ ability to associate a brand with a business’ goods and services is a critical advantage against competition. Once a brand is designed and marketed—often at significant ...

    Newsletters
    Kuharchik: A Home Run for Heavy Highway Electrical Contractors’ Tax Obligations
    December 22, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 3

    This past summer, Cohen Seglias attorneys Roy Cohen, Ashling Ehrhardt, and Sydney Pierce obtained a victory for their client Kuharchik Construction against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Kuharchik Construction, Inc. v. Commonwealth. In ...

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    What’s New?
    December 22, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 3

    In the third and final issue of the strange year that has been 2020, our attorneys remind you about the importance of documenting issues encountered on the job, especially in the context of design-build contracts. You’ll also learn about federal ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 3
    December 22, 2020

    In the third and final issue of the strange year that has been 2020, our attorneys remind you about the importance of documenting issues encountered on the job, especially in the context of design-build contracts.

    Blog Posts
    Are There Waivers for University Regulations During Holiday Breaks?
    December 21, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    The COVID-19 epidemic has thrown everyone’s holiday plans into question, and universities are no exception. Schools are revising their usual policies regarding winter break in an effort to accommodate the unique situation that many students ...

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    Cohen Seglias Holiday Giving 2020
    December 17, 2020

    Cohen Seglias is proud to continue our tradition of supporting various children’s charities throughout the holiday season with toy collections and monetary donations. If you would like to make a donation, please contact us at ...

    Publications
    Does Your Website Trigger Liability in California?
    December 15, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Now may be the time to audit your website to ensure that it is accessible to blind or visually impaired visitors. A recent case in California, coupled with ADA requirements, makes it easier for unwitting businesses with an online presence to be ...

    Media Mentions
    Predictions for the New Year
    December 15, 2020 / Third Thursday

    Ed Seglias and Mike McKenna weighed in on what 2021 will look like for the construction industry in a recent Construction SuperConference post. They predict that: “Owners will continue to seek more efficient and timely ways to accelerate the ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Welcomes Anthony H. Chwastyk
    December 15, 2020

    We are pleased to announce that Anthony Chwastyk has joined the firm as senior counsel in the Philadelphia office. He is a member of the Business Transactions Group and chair of the firm’s new Trademark & Copyright Law Group. “Anthony is a ...

    Blog Posts
    Can You Be Held Accountable for Online Sexual Harassment?
    December 7, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    Gone are the times where sexual harassment was limited to face to face confrontations. With the advent of technology and various social media platforms, sexual harassment can be between people that are miles apart. Online sexual harassment can ...

    Publications
    Pennsylvania Now Imposes New Employee Eligibility Requirements for Construction-Industry
    December 4, 2020 / BreakingGround

    Since the enactment of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, every employer in the country has been required to complete and retain a Form I-9 for every employee hired after November 6, 1986 to confirm man employee’s ...

    Blog Posts
    Are Universities Tracking Students’ Exposure Over the Holidays?
    November 25, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    It can be hard to not have your college-age kids around for the holidays. It’s a time when the whole family comes together, but how can your family be whole when some members are missing? Unfortunately, this year, it’s not as simple for your ...

    Publications
    Governor Wolf Approves Remote Notarial Services—Is It Worth It?
    November 23, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    On October 29, 2020, Governor Wolf approved Act 97 of 2020, which was added as section 306.1 of Title 57 (Act 97). Act 97 grants notaries in the Commonwealth the rights to use communication technology (e.g., video conferencing) to perform notarial ...

    Blog Posts
    Can You Be Expelled From School if You Lied on a College Application?
    November 19, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    College admissions are getting more and more competitive as the years go by. It’s no surprise that the pressure to lie and cheat on college applications has intensified as well. Imagine applying for an elite school that admits only 4 to 5% ...

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    The Dangers of Exaggeration on a College or Graduate School Application
    November 19, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    The pressure of getting into your dream college or graduate school can be severe. When filling out your application, you might start to think about stretching the truth a little bit. The truth is, you wouldn’t be the first to have these ...

    Publications
    Understanding Mechanics’ Lien Waivers: Don’t Sign Away Your Rights
    November 9, 2020 / Building Washington

    Mechanics’ liens are powerful tools for contractors to help collect payment. However, standard industry practice requires contractors to regularly sign lien waivers and partial releases throughout a project in exchange for payment. But do you ...

    Announcements
    American Heart Association’s 2020 Philadelphia Heart Walk Digital Experience
    November 9, 2020

    Throughout the pandemic, Cohen Seglias continued to focus on improving the mental health and the overall well-being of our employees. In that effort, our firm was excited to participate in the 2020 Philly Heart Walk. Although we are not able to walk ...

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    Cohen Seglias Recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® on the 2021 “Best Law Firms List”
    November 5, 2020

    We are pleased to announce that Cohen Seglias is named in the 2021 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list nationally for two practice areas and regionally in Philadelphia for four practice areas. The firm is listed in the following ...

    Announcements
    Litigation Attorney Edward D. Altabet Joins Cohen Seglias to Serve as New York Office Managing Partner
    October 22, 2020

    We are pleased to announce that Edward Altabet has joined the firm as the New York office managing partner. Ed focuses his practice on commercial litigation and investigations. He previously served as founder and managing member of Altabet Law ...

    Media Mentions
    Allegheny County Prepares Convention Center for Jury Selection Amid Pandemic
    October 20, 2020 / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Lori Azzara commented for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on civil jury trials resuming in Allegheny County. She stated that due to the financial effects of the pandemic, people are eager to move forward in civil cases and get a settlement, “even ...

    Blog Posts
    So You Want to Sue Your School…
    October 19, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    2020 UPDATE: Now that school is back in session, universities and colleges around the country are having to face a difficult task: risk management in the time of COVID-19. Many schools already had liability policies in place pre-coronavirus, but ...

    Announcements
    Brionna Denby Listed on Delaware Business Times’ “Under 40” List
    October 13, 2020 / Delaware Business Times

    We are proud to announce that associate Brionna Denby is among this year’s “DBT40,” the Delaware Business Times’ list of 40 leaders and innovators in Delaware under the age of 40. Honorees were selected based on their professional ...

    Publications
    Pennsylvania Now Imposes New Employee Eligibility Requirements for Construction-Industry Employees
    October 9, 2020 / Lawyers Journal

    Since the enactment of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, every employer in the country has been required to complete and retain a Form I-9 for every employee hired after November 6, 1986 to confirm an employee’s ...

    Blog Posts
    10 Ways to Get Accused of Online Cheating
    October 5, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    Online learning has become all the rage recently. Schools have been caught unprepared for this sudden shift to online caused by Covid-19. Although the style of online classes is different from that of the traditional classroom, some of its ...

    Publications
    DOE Releases Questions and Answers Regarding New Title IX Rule Weeks After Compliance Date
    September 28, 2020 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Despite expectations that the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) would release new Title IX regulations last fall, the final version of the new Title IX rule was not issued until half a year later on May 6, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of ...

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    Do the New Title IX Regulations Endanger Students When Off-Campus?
    September 22, 2020 / University Business

    Sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and sexual assault can all still be investigated and sanctioned as student code violations. But campus leaders should review and update non-Title IX student conduct code procedures to mirror the violations ...

    Blog Posts
    College Policies and Greek Life During COVID-19
    September 21, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    COVID-19 has changed the entire world in more ways than one. For college students this year, one of the biggest impacts of the pandemic will be regarding school policies, including those pertaining to Greek life and activities.

    Blog Posts
    What Happens If a Student Gets Arrested at a Protest?
    September 7, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    Being an American, you have the right to protest peacefully. This right remains present even as a student. You are allowed to speak out and pass out flyers and petitions. You also have the right to wear expressive clothing.

    Podcasts
    Leaders: Myth & Reality – 09.04.20
    September 4, 2020 / The NEXT Academy Podcast

    For their September legal minute in The NEXT Academy Podcast with Chad Jones and Cody Phillips, John Greenhall and Lisa Wampler highlight the importance of preserving rights on lien waivers, change order forms, and other payment documents. In this ...

    Publications
    More Eviction Delays for Landlords: CDC Issues Nationwide Eviction Moratorium
    September 2, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    On September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a temporary halt to residential evictions as an emergency order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The order is effective from September 4 through December ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Donates PPE to Local Hospitals
    September 1, 2020

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in March, Cohen Seglias sought a way to support our local communities. Throughout the spring and summer, the firm donated over 1,000 face shields to the hospitals that were hit the hardest during the ...

    Blog Posts
    Are Students Legally Required to Comply With School COVID-19 Rules?
    August 31, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    As colleges and universities resume this fall, some students are viewing their schools’ COVID-19 safety measures as guidelines instead of rules. Large gatherings and partying commenced on many college campuses the day students moved back in. These ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® List
    August 20, 2020 / Best Lawyers

    We are pleased to announce that 12 Cohen Seglias attorneys are included in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, almost doubling the number of recognized attorneys from 2020. Lawyers are selected for inclusion based on an exhaustive ...

    Blog Posts
    Time to Update Those Subcontracts – PA’s Construction Industry Employee Verification Act Takes Effect Oct 7, 2020
    August 20, 2020 / Construction Law Now

    Last summer, we advised that the Pennsylvania legislature was considering a bill that would require all construction industry employers, on both public and private projects, to use the E-Verify program operated by the Department of Homeland Security ...

    Blog Posts
    Can a University Charge You With an Honor Code Violation After Graduating?
    August 12, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    Getting charged with an honor code violation is any student’s nightmare. But once you’ve graduated, any fear of an honor code violation accusation should be well laid to rest, right? Not quite. You can still be charged with an honor code ...

    Media Mentions
    ‘It’s Not Worth Reporting’: Researchers Allege Ineffective ‘U’ Reporting System for Abuse
    August 12, 2020 / The Michigan Daily

    Paul Thaler spoke with The Michigan Daily about the imbalance of power between students and their research professors in regard to reporting misconduct and abuse. The University of Michigan prides itself on being one of the nation’s top public ...

    Publications
    Construction Contract Termination—Big Risk or Big Reward?
    August 12, 2020 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Today’s construction projects are larger and more complex than ever before. If you look across the Philadelphia skyline, as in most major cities across the country and around the globe, you will see throngs of tower cranes leading the way for ...

    Media Mentions
    Student’s Concern for Safety Prompted Her to Post Photo
    August 8, 2020 / CNN

    Shanlon Wu was interviewed by CNN regarding a Georgia student’s suspension following the viral photo she posted to social media.

    Publications
    College Compliance With Title IX: Will You Be Ready by Aug. 14?
    August 6, 2020 / The Legal Intelligencer

    No one would have bet that the Department of Education would have released the new Title IX regulations amid a pandemic. As colleges were scrambling to adjust to the new normal of virtual learning—and all of the challenges that brought—the ...

    Media Mentions
    5 Red Flags That a Job Might Not Be Worth the Risk
    August 6, 2020 / Construction Dive

    Ed Seglias spoke with Construction Dive about key elements contractors need to consider before signing onto a project. The article, “5 Red Flags That a Job Might Not Be Worth the Risk” outlines potential red flags for those taking on ...

    Blog Posts
    What to Do If You Are Accused of an Academic Honor Code Violation
    August 5, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    What do you do if your son or daughter has been accused of an academic code violation at their college or university? Not so long ago, academic honor code violations consisted primarily of college students being accused of using “paper banks” to ...

    Blog Posts
    Accused of Cheating After Using a Group Chat or Discussion Board?
    July 30, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    Students have always used study groups to study and learn materials. In this digital age, though, students can participate in study groups without leaving the comfort of their rooms. They no longer have to meet up in study halls or libraries to ...

    Blog Posts
    Not Quite Back to Normal—How NYC Contractors Can Operate
    July 28, 2020 / Construction Law Now

    Contractors who have been following COVID-19 safety requirements now have all the more reason to do so in New York City. Starting July 8, 2020, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) resumed issuing penalties for non-compliance with current ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Attorney Brionna Denby Appointed to the Wilmington Civil Rights Commission
    July 16, 2020

    We are excited to announce that Cohen Seglias attorney Brionna Denby was recently appointed to the Wilmington Civil Rights Commission, a seven-member appointed body charged with supporting diversity, equality, equity, and the understanding of civil ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Helps Secure $117 Million False Claims Act Settlement in Health Care Fraud Takedown
    July 14, 2020

    Cohen Seglias partners Julie Grohovsky and Shanlon Wu obtained an important civil settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and numerous state attorneys general’s offices against Universal Health Services, Inc. and UHS of Delaware, Inc. ...

    Publications
    Pennsylvania Eviction Moratorium Extended Through August 31, 2020
    July 14, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Pennsylvania landlords’ ability to proceed with evictions against tenants who have not paid rent has been furthered delayed by two recent actions. First, on July 9, 2020, Governor Wolf issued a new Executive Order that extends his statewide ...

    Media Mentions
    Navigating New Campus Sexual Assault Investigation Rules Will Be Challenging, Say Some Colleges
    July 14, 2020 / Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

    Shanlon Wu spoke with Diverse about the demands and costs the new regulations place upon institutes of higher education. Whether new federal rules governing how to resolve cases of on-campus sex crimes will, as many critics fear, prompt some ...

    Newsletters
    Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 2
    July 6, 2020

    In our second issue of 2020, we give you the tools to decide whether to terminate a construction contract for cause. In addition, you will learn about how your company can avoid becoming entangled with disadvantaged business entity fraud.

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    Q&A with Cohen Seglias’ New Partners, Julie Grohovsky and Shanlon Wu
    July 1, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 2

    Our newsletter team recently sat down with our new partners in Washington, DC, Julie Grohovsky and Shanlon Wu. They handle white collar investigations and defense for clients in a variety of industries. Q: What drew you to joining Cohen Seglias? How ...

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    Passing on the Pass-Through: How to Avoid DBE Fraud Through Due Diligence
    July 1, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 2

    Federal, state, and local government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), award billions of dollars’ worth of contracts every year. However, they often require contractors to share a percentage of the work with ...

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    Back to the Basics: A Fundamental Approach to the PA Construction Notices Directory
    July 1, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 2

    It has been just over three years since Pennsylvania amended its Mechanics’ Lien Law and launched its Construction Notices Directory (the Directory), a standardized statewide system used to access, register, and file construction notices on ...

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    Lessons Learned: To Terminate or Not to Terminate?
    July 1, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 2

    The old saying that “hindsight is 20/20” rings true in construction, especially with respect to contractor termination. Looking back, the downward spiral towards contractor termination sometimes appears obvious and usually involves either ...

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    What’s New?
    July 1, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 2

    In our second issue of 2020, we give you the tools to decide whether to terminate a construction contract for cause. In addition, you will learn about how your company can avoid becoming entangled with disadvantaged business entity fraud. You will ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Welcomes DC Partners Shanlon Wu and Julie Grohovsky, Announces White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Practice
    July 1, 2020

    We are pleased to announce that Shanlon Wu and Julie Grohovsky have joined the firm as partners in the Washington, DC office. Shan leads Cohen Seglias’ new White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Group, which also includes Julie, ...

    Blog Posts
    What to Do When Social Media Threatens Your College Career
    June 29, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    Imagine waking up one morning to find that you have become the object of a social media campaign to get you kicked off your sports team, expelled from school, or demanding that your admission offer to college be revoked before you even get to ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Ranked Sixth in Nation in Construction Executive’s “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms® of 2020”
    June 24, 2020 / Construction Executive

    We are proud to announce that Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC has moved into the sixth spot (up from eighth in 2019) in the latest national rankings in Construction Executive’s “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms® of 2020.” ...

    Publications
    Time, Money, and Sick Workers: The Three Things Every Contractor Must Consider in a Post COVID-19 World
    June 22, 2020 / NUCA Business Journal

    There has already been much said about the COVID-19 pandemic. The articles that we read, the email blasts we received, and nightly news shows all seem to agree that this pandemic is different from all others that have come before it. COVID-19 and ...

    Media Mentions
    Lawsuit Filed Against Upper Merion Over New HS Construction
    June 19, 2020 / Patch

    Tony Byler is quoted in the Patch article, “Lawsuit Filed Against Upper Merion Over New HS Construction,” in regard to the firm’s representation of 10x Investments LLC in a suit against the Upper Merion School District. A lawsuit ...

    Blog Posts
    An Evolving “New Normal”: OSHA’s Recent COVID-19 Policy Changes
    June 16, 2020 / Construction Law Now

    As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, so too have OSHA policies, as seen in three recent OSHA announcements affecting the construction industry. OSHA issued new construction industry guidelines to protect workers from coronavirus. The agency also ...

    Blog Posts
    5 Tips for Students Accused of Online Academic Misconduct
    June 15, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    In the current era, as students of all ages are forced to take their classes online, new issues of academic misconduct have been surfacing across the country. But oftentimes students accused of these new types of online misconduct are ...

    Announcements
    Brionna Denby Appointed to Delaware Supreme Court’s Preliminary Investigatory Committee
    June 11, 2020

    Cohen Seglias attorney Brionna Denby has been appointed a member of the Preliminary Investigatory Committee. The committee falls under the Delaware Supreme Court’s Board on Professional Liability. The Preliminary Investigatory Committee ...

    Media Mentions
    2020 Executive Insights: Construction Law
    June 11, 2020 / Construction Executive

    Partner John Greenhall commented for Construction Executive’s “Executive Insights” for the June edition of the magazine, which also includes this year’s ranking of the Top 50 Construction Law Firms. John discussed what firms can learn from ...

    Publications
    Congress Passes Additional Relief for Small Businesses with the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
    June 5, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    On June 5, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPP Flexibility Act) became law. The PPP Flexibility Act includes significant changes for small businesses across the nation that received funding from the Paycheck Protection ...

    Media Mentions
    $17M Philly Sewer Project Blocked Over Contract Dispute
    June 5, 2020 / Law360

    Ed Seglias is quoted in the Law360 article, “$17M Philly Sewer Project Blocked Over Contract Dispute,” in regard to the firm’s representation of C. Abbonizio Contractors Inc. in a bidding dispute on a city of Philadelphia sewer ...

    Media Mentions
    Parsing the Legal Questions behind the Prosecution of the Four Officers Involved in the Murder of George Floyd
    June 4, 2020 / Air Talk with Larry Mantle

    Cohen Seglias partner and former federal prosecutor Shanlon Wu was interviewed for “Air Talk with Larry Mantle,” an LA NPR affiliate radio station, about possible prosecution strategies in the George Floyd case. Prosecutors charged three more ...

    Blog Posts
    Cheating With Chegg During COVID-19
    June 1, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    Students across the country are doing their exams and even homework online due to the social distancing restrictions of COVID-19. But many have faced accusations of cheating with the aid of an application called Chegg. So what effect do these types ...

    Podcasts
    The Motive – 05.29.20
    May 29, 2020 / The NEXT Academy Podcast

    For their May legal minute in The NEXT Academy Podcast with Chad Jones and Cody Phillips, John Greenhall and Lisa Wampler explain the complexities of warranties. In this episode,  NECA Directors Chad Jones and Cody Phillips discuss construction ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Selected to the 2020 Super Lawyers Lists
    May 29, 2020

    We are pleased to announce that numerous Cohen Seglias attorneys were selected to this year’s New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. The Super Lawyers lists recognize no more than 5 percent of ...

    Blog Posts
    Cheating Accusations From the College Board’s Online AP Exams
    May 27, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    One of the most notorious parts of AP classes in high school is the dreaded The College Board AP Exam. Each AP course has a corresponding intense and proctored AP Exam, but the question for high schoolers in the past few months has been how these ...

    Publications
    Governor Wolf Amends Moratorium on Pennsylvania Evictions
    May 26, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    As an update to our May 8 article, on May 21, Governor Wolf amended his May 7 Executive Order that imposed a moratorium on all evictions. Under the amendment, the moratorium now only applies to tenants who have not paid rent and other amounts owed, ...

    Blog Posts
    What to Do If Your Professor Accused You of Online Misconduct or Cheating Online
    May 20, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of the learning environments for our students into remote and distance learning. They’re all in remote classrooms. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen an uptick in accusations that students have engaged in ...

    Publications
    Fair Housing Update: PA Court Voids Pittsburgh Landlords’ Mandatory Acceptance of Section 8 Vouchers
    May 18, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    In October 2019, we wrote about the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in Apartment Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh v. Pittsburgh, in which the court vacated the Commonwealth Court’s earlier order declaring that the city could not require ...

    Publications
    SBA Issues New Guidance on Loan Forgiveness and Other Paycheck Protection Program FAQs
    May 13, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    As first discussed in our article, ”Keeping the Lights on During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Paycheck Protection Program,” the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) ...

    Publications
    Governor Wolf Issues Moratorium on Pennsylvania Evictions
    May 8, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Following the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order on April 28 that directed state courts to open for business on May 4, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order on May 7 declaring a moratorium on evictions through July 10, 2020. The ...

    Announcements
    2020 Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Building HOPE Virtual Lunch-In
    May 8, 2020

    As a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and its mission to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter, Cohen Seglias was proud to sponsor their Building Hope Virtual Lunch-In on May 7. Through our Block Builder ...

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    COVID-19 Resource Package for Construction Contractors 3.0
    May 7, 2020

    With construction sites re-opening and others going out for proposals, it is imperative that everyone in a business, from estimator to project manager to laborer understands the new normal on project sites. Across the board, proper precautions must ...

    Publications
    Pennsylvania Evictions to Begin in May
    April 29, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Pennsylvania’s landlords are closely watching statewide bans on eviction proceedings, as well as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling on the matter. The Supreme Court issued an order on April 28 in which it directed that state courts open for ...

    Podcasts
    The Obstacle is the Way – 04.29.20
    April 29, 2020 / The NEXT Academy Podcast

    For their April legal minute in The NEXT Academy Podcast with Chad Jones and Cody Phillips, John Greenhall and Lisa Wampler explain the complexities of Force Majeure clauses. About The NEXT Academy Podcast with Chad Jones and Cody ...

    Blog Posts
    Summons vs. Subpoena: What’s the Difference?
    April 27, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    Receiving a summons or a subpoena for the first time can be very confusing. What does it mean? What are you supposed to do next? How is one different from the other? Luckily, our legal team at DC Student Defense is here not only to answer all your ...

    Blog Posts
    And We’re Back! (Sort of): Regulatory Compliance for Resuming Construction Work in PA on May 1
    April 24, 2020 / Construction Law Now

    The construction industry can resume operations statewide starting May 1, 2020 under recent orders from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. The Governor’s decision brought relief and excitement to contractors eager to get back to work. It also brought ...

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    Road and Transportation Construction Moving Forward—Certain Rule Relaxations Make it Easier for Contractors to Keep Building
    April 24, 2020 / Construction Law Now

    While the country faces the COVID-19 pandemic, highway and transportation construction is almost uniformly proceeding across the country, even though state and local orders have shuttered other construction work. In fact, due to shelter-at-home ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Ranked in Chambers USA 2020
    April 24, 2020

    We are pleased to announce that Cohen Seglias is recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the preeminent legal ranking of attorneys and law firms. The firm’s Construction Group is once again named a ...

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    Remember the Pennsylvania Construction Notices Directory? It Still Exists… and Matters
    April 22, 2020 / Construction Law Now

    I am proud to say this blog post has nothing to do with the coronavirus pandemic, but rather a simpler time. The year was 2017. Construction was thriving, and “social distancing” was not part of the lexicon. That year, Pennsylvania rolled out ...

    Publications
    Revisiting the Boundaries of the Multijurisdictional Practice of Law
    April 21, 2020 / The Legal Intelligencer

    It has been nearly 18 years since the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates approved the Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice’s Report 201B proposing amendments to Model Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5 to address the permissible ...

    Media Mentions
    In Response to COVID-19, AISC Kicks Off a Free Virtual Steel Conference
    April 21, 2020 / Engineering News-Record

    Cohen Seglias Managing Partner George Pallas presented a webinar on “Change Orders: How to Avoid Making Their Problems Your Problems” at NASCC: The Virtual Steel Conference on April 21, 2020. The Engineering News-Record highlighted some ...

    Publications
    Are Your Union Dues considered a “Payroll Expense” for Payroll Protection Program Loans under the CARES Act?
    April 17, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Since COVID-19 has taken over our daily lives, we have received numerous questions from our clients regarding specific fact patterns and how they are handled under the new laws, regulations, and guidance. Due to the urgency of the situation, many ...

    Publications
    The Latest on COVID-19: A Summary of Pennsylvania’s Construction Work Restrictions
    April 15, 2020 / Associated Builders and Contractors of Eastern Pennsylvania

    As of April 13, 2020, Pennsylvania has over 24,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. With a wide variety of executive orders and related guidance in place to slow the transmission of this illness, determining what work, if any, your construction business ...

    Publications
    Are You Cleaning Your Buildings Adequately? PA Secretary of Health Imposes Cleaning Protocols on Landlords
    April 8, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, MD, has issued an order that was effective as of 12:01 AM on April 6, 2020 imposing specific cleaning protocols on certain property owners. The order ...

    Publications
    A Contractor’s Guide During the Coronavirus Pandemic 2.0
    April 8, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    The coronavirus pandemic has created novel burdens for contractors throughout the world. Project stoppages, limited work exemptions, and mandatory restrictions will continue to impact construction and related industries well into the future. Due to ...

    Publications
    Coronavirus Update: Construction Projects in New York
    April 7, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    On March 30, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.13 that modifies previous Executive Order 202.6 and narrows the types of construction sites that are authorized to continue in New York State. The new order authorizes only “essential” ...

    Publications
    COVID-19: Implications for Businesses across the DMV
    April 6, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia are among the growing number of jurisdictions that are implementing restrictive measures aimed at addressing the ongoing public health emergency caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). These restrictive measures ...

    Podcasts
    Business of Construction – CASPA Law
    April 5, 2020 / Building PA Podcast

    Michael Metz-Topodas was a guest on the Building PA Podcast hosted by Chris Martin, President of Atlas Marketing, and Jon O’Brien, Executive Director for the Keystone Contractors Association. He discussed CASPA (Contractor and Subcontractor ...

    Publications
    CARES Act Expands the Availability of Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Provides for Emergency Cash Advances
    April 3, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    The economic injury disaster loan program (EIDL) is an existing loan facility operated by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) under Section 7(b) of the Small Business Administration Act of 1953 (SBA Act). The purpose of the EIDL ...

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    Q&A with Cohen Seglias’ New Partners, Matthew Gioffre and Michael Metz-Topodas
    April 2, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 1

    Our newsletter team recently spoke with our new construction partners, Matt Gioffre and Michael Metz-Topodas, to discuss their careers and legal practices. Q: Tell us a little about your practice and the services that you provide to your ...

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    OAG Brings Criminal Charges Against Company, Owner for Wage Violations
    April 2, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 1

    Employers in Pennsylvania should stay on their toes as the Pennsylvania attorney general (AG) announced charges against a major mechanical contractor engaged in numerous public works projects for crimes arising from a prevailing wage dispute. This ...

    Newsletters
    Construction Impacts During the Coronavirus Crisis: Force Majeure and Other Tools in Your Contract
    April 2, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 1

    The novel coronavirus disease, alternatively referred to as COVID-19, recently attained pandemic status as it sweeps across the globe. Markets everywhere are being disrupted and, while the extent of its impact is still uncertain, it is clear that ...

    Newsletters
    From the Sky and to the Depths: PA Supreme Court Considers Subsurface Trespass
    April 2, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 1

    A maxim of real property rights is “to whomever the soil belongs, he owns also to the sky and to the depths,” which is derived from the Latin expression cujus est solum, ejus est usque ad coelum et ad infersos. This maxim, referred to as the ad ...

    Newsletters
    What’s New?
    April 2, 2020 / Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 1

    In our first issue of 2020, you will learn about the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the construction industry. As a party to a construction contract, we address how you can effectively adapt to this fluid and perilous situation. In addition, ...

    Newsletters
    Construction in Brief: 2020 Volume 1
    April 2, 2020

    In our first issue of 2020, you will learn about the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the construction industry. As a party to a construction contract, we address how you can effectively adapt to this fluid and perilous situation.

    Media Mentions
    ‘It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn’: Local Developers Work to Construct a Path Forward
    April 2, 2020 / Philadelphia Business Journal

    Cohen Seglias Partner Ed Seglias was interviewed for the Philadelphia Business Journal article, “‘It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn’: Local Developers Work to Construct a Path Forward,” by Natalie Kostelni. Until a ...

    Publications
    How the CARES Act Allows Waiver of 2020 Taxable Qualified Retirement Required Minimum Distributions
    April 2, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Individuals are presently required to take yearly taxable distributions that increase one’s total income tax liability and in some cases may push an individual into a higher income tax bracket, known as Required Minimum Distributions (RMD), from ...

    Publications
    COVID-19 Has Impacted My Business: Do I Have Coverage For The Business Interruption?
    April 1, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    The impact of COVID-19 on businesses has been catastrophic, with many forced to close altogether, and others required to scale back operations significantly. Put simply, the pandemic has caused widespread business interruption, which poses to each ...

    Publications
    Making Sure Your Health Care Directive Is Ready for COVID-19
    April 1, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    With the dramatic increase of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the United States, it is important for all of us to be prepared, especially when it comes to our health care directives. The best way to do this which you may already have done is by ...

    Publications
    Keeping the Lights on During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Paycheck Protection Program
    March 31, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Last Friday, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. The CARES Act is broad-ranging, with multiple provisions and potential economic relief possibilities, including loans for businesses regardless of ...

    Publications
    PA Landlords’ Eviction Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    March 31, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Please Note: This article was updated on Thursday, April 2, 2020, to reflect the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s extension of the eviction ban in Pennsylvania until April 30, 2020. Nothing else has changed.  In the face of the coronavirus ...

    Publications
    COVID-19 Update: What Construction Activity Is Permitted in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?
    March 30, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    On March 12, 2020, Virginia joined Maryland and the District of Columbia in declaring a state of emergency in connection with the rising number of confirmed coronavirus diagnoses in the DC Metro area. Since then, both state governments and the ...

    Publications
    COVID-19 Update: PA Offers Further Clarification Regarding Certain Construction Projects
    March 30, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Following the issuance of Governor Wolf’s March 19, 2020 executive order, which prohibited the in-person operations of all “non-life-sustaining” businesses, construction industry stakeholders across the state have been faced with determining ...

    Publications
    COVID-19 and Your Will: Are You and Your Family Protected During these Uncertain Times?
    March 27, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    I never thought I would be writing about life during a pandemic, but here we are. I don’t know about you, but I am a little stir crazy. We are all navigating a different work environment, and many have been furloughed or laid off. Our children are ...

    Podcasts
    Leadership Strategy & Tactics (COVID-19) – 03.27.20
    March 27, 2020 / The NEXT Academy Podcast

    In their February legal minute in The NEXT Academy Podcast with Chad Jones and Cody Phillips, John Greenhall and Lisa Wampler explain how to address contract clauses regarding when you get paid. About The NEXT Academy Podcast with Chad Jones and ...

    Publications
    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Will Now Take Effect April 1, 2020
    March 26, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    In a major development, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will now take effect April 1, 2020, instead of April 2, 2020. This means that the paid sick time and paid family leave ...

    Announcements
    COVID-19 Resource Package for Construction Contractors 2.0
    March 26, 2020

    With the number of reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) increasing, governors in various states are taking varying measures to reduce the spread of the virus. In some states, construction is still considered an “essential business,” whereas ...

    Publications
    Construction in Philadelphia: “Permitted” to Continue?
    March 25, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Construction projects in Philadelphia now need to grapple with the City’s March 22 updated “Business Activity and Stay at Home Order.” Guidance released on March 23 by the City on its order illuminates which construction projects may continue ...

    Blog Posts
    The Scope and Reach of Pennsylvania’s Construction Industry Coronavirus Shutdown: What Construction Companies Can and Cannot Do
    March 25, 2020 / Construction Law Now

    Please Note: This article was updated on Thursday, April 2, 2020 to reflect the latest legal and regulatory developments. At 8:00 AM Monday, March 23, 2020, enforcement measures took effect for Pennsylvania, with Governor Tom Wolf’s executive ...

    Publications
    Coronavirus Employment Law Update: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    March 24, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    During this unprecedented crisis, the rules for employers are changing every day as federal, state, and local lawmakers issue new regulations, restrictions, and reporting requirements. To help employers navigate the maze of employment laws that are ...

    Publications
    Additional Coronavirus Employment Law FAQs
    March 23, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Following last week’s Coronavirus Employment Law Update, our Labor & Employment attorneys addressed additional FAQs to help employers navigate the maze of employment laws that are implicated by coronavirus. Employment Law FAQs Q: Is ...

    Publications
    Coronavirus Update: Is Your Construction Site Still Open?
    March 23, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Please Note: This article was updated on Monday, March 30, 2020 to reflect the latest legal and regulatory developments. With the number of reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) increasing, the governors of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and ...

    Publications
    COVID-19 Time and Cost Impacts on Construction Projects
    March 20, 2020 / Building Industry Association of Philadelphia

    The impact of the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has become widespread in the United States over the past two weeks. As of 12:01 AM on March 21, 2020, Pennsylvania will begin enforcing a ban on all construction activity located within the ...

    Publications
    Coronavirus Employment Law Update: Paid FMLA, Paid Sick Leave, and Other FAQs
    March 20, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    The FFCRA was subject to several amendments before it was signed by the President. Additionally, the DOL issues new guidance regarding the FFRCA on an almost daily basis. This post has been updated to reflect the amendments and current ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Grows Wilmington Office with Attorneys Sally J. Daugherty, Stephen A. Venzie, and Brionna L. Denby
    March 20, 2020

    We are pleased to announce the growth of our Wilmington office with the addition of Sally J. Daugherty as senior counsel in the Commercial Litigation, Construction, and Labor & Employment Groups, Stephen A. Venzie as senior counsel in the ...

    Blog Posts
    A Contractor’s Guide for Protection During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    March 19, 2020 / Construction Law Now

    The coronavirus pandemic is causing ongoing instability and uncertainty to the global economy. Already, there is a profound alteration of worldwide business operations, including the U.S. construction industry. Government restrictions are limiting ...

    Announcements
    COVID-19 Resource Package for Construction Contractors
    March 18, 2020

    The coronavirus crisis is just beginning to cause effects on the construction industry that should continue to reverberate for many months, if not longer. To help subcontractors and contractors navigate these treacherous waters, Cohen Seglias has ...

    Publications
    COVID-19: How to Protect Your Project From Infection
    March 18, 2020 / Architectural Glass and Metal Association

    The coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has wreaked havoc on everyday life for people across the globe. The World Health Organization has declared coronavirus a pandemic, and the President and Governors alike have declared states of emergency. Under ...

    Blog Posts
    What to Do If You’re Accused of Having a Fake ID
    March 18, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    It may seem innocent enough: you’re a college student who wants to hang out with your friends at a bar or watch a concert at a 21-plus venue, but you’re not yet 21. So you get a fake ID so you, too, can join in the fun. What you may not know is ...

    Blog Posts
    What to Do If You Are Accused of Cheating on Your Exam
    March 16, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    Cheating on college campuses is a widespread practice, and believe it or not, the majority of students think cheating is OK— until they get caught. But if you’re caught and found responsible for cheating on a college campus, the consequences can ...

    Publications
    Is Your Family Business Protected in the Event of Your Passing?
    March 11, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    In the United States, there are about 24 million family businesses, and they account for about 90% of the business tax returns and employ 60% of the American workforce (80 million people). According to the Small Business Administration, small ...

    Blog Posts
    When Does Indemnification in a Construction Contract Go Too Far? A Brief Analysis of Proposed Amendment of 68 P.S. § 491
    March 10, 2020 / Construction Law Now

    Construction contract indemnification clauses may get turned topsy-turvy due to legislation making its way through the Pennsylvania Assembly. Currently, Pennsylvania’s anti-indemnification statute applies to certain, limited instances. The ...

    Blog Posts
    Will My College Find Out If I Am Arrested Off-Campus?
    March 9, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    If you have been arrested while you’re in college—even if it wasn’t on campus — you run the risk of being punished twice for the same crime. Twice? But doesn’t the U.S. Constitution protect people from being tried twice for the same ...

    Blog Posts
    Newsflash – Faceless Fraudsters Steal Millions in Progress Payments
    February 27, 2020 / Construction Law Now

    Wire transfers are quickly replacing paper checks as the most common payment method on construction projects nationwide. Using wire transfers or other electronic payment offers convenience to the payor and nearly instantaneous payment for the ...

    Podcasts
    The Infinite Game – 02.14.20
    February 14, 2020 / The NEXT Academy Podcast

    For their February legal minute in The NEXT Academy Podcast with Chad Jones and Cody Phillips, John Greenhall and Lisa Wampler review payment remediations for contractors who are not getting paid on a job. About The NEXT Academy Podcast with Chad ...

    Publications
    History and Legislative Intent of the SECURE Act
    February 12, 2020 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Buried at the end of last year’s mundane spending bill was the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Savings Act (the SECURE Act), which drastically changes the way retirement accounts function. It is important to understand not only the major ...

    Publications
    Safety is Everyone’s Job: Understanding OSHA Liability On Jobsites with Multiple Contractors
    February 6, 2020 / The Merit Shop Spokesman: The ABC Keystone Newsletter

    All too often, construction professionals ask about responsibility for jobsite safety violations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act when a project has multiple contractors working together. Whether it’s a private project with a general ...

    Publications
    HUD Issues New Guidance on Assistance Animals: A Must-Read for Housing Providers
    January 31, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued its new guidance, “Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation under the Fair Housing Act.” In the guidance, HUD ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Secures $1M Verdict for Silvi Concrete after Six-Day Jury Trial in Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
    January 30, 2020

    Edward Seglias and Zachary Sanders of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC recently secured a significant victory for their client Silvi Concrete, which was wrongfully terminated by Thomas P. Carney, Inc. from the W Hotel Project in Center ...

    Publications
    Landlords’ Websites Subject to Attack Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
    January 24, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Over 2,200 lawsuits were filed in 2018 against retailers and other companies who do business with the public because their websites were allegedly not accessible by persons with disabilities. While I am not currently aware of any landlord who has ...

    Announcements
    Shawn R. Farrell Named General Counsel for NUCA of New Jersey
    January 17, 2020

    Shawn R. Farrell has been named General Counsel for the National Utility Contractors Association – New Jersey Chapter (NUCA NJ), the nation’s oldest and largest association for the utility and excavation construction industry. NUCA represents ...

    Publications
    2019 Changed the Landscape for New Jersey Employers
    January 17, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Now that we have ushered in the New Year, it is the perfect time to take a look back at how Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey legislature brought about a multitude of changes for New Jersey employers in 2019. In the last year alone, New Jersey ...

    Publications
    OAG Brings Criminal Charges Against Company, Owner for Wage Violations
    January 14, 2020 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Employers in Pennsylvania should stay on their toes as the Pennsylvania attorney general (AG) announced charges against a major mechanical contractor engaged in numerous public works projects for crimes arising from a prevailing wage dispute. This ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Promotes Construction Lawyers Matthew Gioffre and Michael Metz-Topodas to Partners
    January 14, 2020

    Cohen Seglias is pleased to announce the promotions of Matthew Gioffre and Michael Metz-Topodas to Partners of the firm, effective January 1, 2020. Cohen Seglias Managing Partner George Pallas commented, “On behalf of everyone at the firm, I ...

    Podcasts
    The Happiness Advantage – 01.10.20
    January 10, 2020 / The NEXT Academy Podcast

    John Greenhall and Lisa Wampler host a monthly legal minute featured in The NEXT Academy Podcast with Chad Jones and Cody Phillips. For their inaugural legal minute, John and Lisa discuss how contractors can protect themselves from inefficiencies ...

    Publications
    NLRB Issues Employer-Friendly Decisions Heading into the New Year
    January 2, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    During the term of the Obama-era National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), we saw longstanding employer rules and policies upended. However, the current NLRB recently issued both a new rule and several decisions that revert back to those long-standing, ...

    Publications
    Is the Structural Fabrication Contract Good? The Devil Is in the Details
    December 22, 2019 / Structural Steel: Supplement to The FABRICATOR

    Structural steel fabricators occupy a unique place on construction projects. Their steelwork has substantial cost and is fundamental to the construction, and they often share design responsibilities with several other parties. As construction ...

    Publications
    A Smooth Structural Fabrication Project Requires a Good Contract
    December 22, 2019 / The Fabricator

    Structural steel fabricators occupy a unique place on construction projects. Their steelwork has substantial cost and is fundamental to the construction, and they often share design responsibilities with several other parties. As construction ...

    Newsletters
    Q&A with Lane F. Kelman
    December 20, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 4

    Our newsletter team recently sat down with the Chair of the firm’s Green Building Group, Lane Kelman. Q: Tell us a little about your practice and the Green Building Group. A: My group understands the unique issues that arise with green ...

    Newsletters
    But We Did Everything Right! Challenging OSHA Citations with the Unpreventable Employee Misconduct Defense
    December 20, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 4

    Despite the construction industry’s few areas of certainty, contractors can invariably count on facing an OSHA compliance inspection at some point. These visits are meant to ensure everyone on-site is complying with OSHA’s many and detailed ...

    Publications
    Lessons From the Impeachment Hearings
    December 20, 2019 / Utility and Transportation Contractor

    As I sit here and write this article, we have experienced the first today of the televised impeachment hearings. To say that my wife was interested would be a massive understatement. She’s a true political junkie and she had the DVR running all ...

    Newsletters
    Can a Text Message Form a Binding Contract? OMG. The Answer May Surprise You
    December 20, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 4

    In today’s world of texting and emails, individuals regularly communicate via these written forms of communication using their mobile devices for both business and personal matters. On construction projects, it is no secret that emails largely ...

    Newsletters
    Arbitration Provisions: Who Needs Them?
    December 20, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 4

    On July 30, 2019, Pennsylvania’s adoption of the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act (RUAA) officially went into effect. This new law should prompt all owners, contractors, subcontractors, or anyone else involved in the construction industry to ...

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    What’s New?
    December 20, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 4

    Happy holidays from the editorial team at Cohen Seglias! In our final issue of 2019, you will learn the pros and cons of arbitration provisions in construction contracts, the legal implications of text messages, and how to challenge OSHA citations ...

    Newsletters
    Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 4
    December 20, 2019

    Happy holidays from the editorial team at Cohen Seglias! In our final issue of 2019, you will learn the pros and cons of arbitration provisions in construction contracts, the legal implications of text messages, and how to challenge OSHA citations ...

    Announcements
    Sally J. Daugherty Joins Cohen Seglias in Wilmington, DE
    December 17, 2019

    Cohen Seglias is pleased to announce that Sally J. Daugherty has joined the firm as senior counsel in our Wilmington, DE office. Sally brings over three decades of experience representing small and medium-sized businesses throughout the Mid-Atlantic ...

    Publications
    Five Tips for Representing Corporations in Pa. Grand Jury Investigations
    December 17, 2019 / The Legal Intelligencer

    While corporations and their officers/employees have long been the focus of federal grand jury investigations, Pennsylvania prosecutors targeting corporate crime using the powers of a county/multicounty investigating grand jury is of more recent ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Continues Tradition of Holiday Season Giving
    December 11, 2019

    Cohen Seglias is proud to continue our tradition of supporting various children’s charities throughout the holiday season with toy collections and monetary donations. Cohen Seglias matches all contributions. If you would like to make a donation, ...

    Blog Posts
    New Overtime Rules Become Effective On January 1, 2020
    December 2, 2019 / Construction Law Now

    Under the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules, which become effective January 1, 2020, all employees with a salary of less than $35,568 must be treated as hourly employees entitled to overtime compensation whenever they work more than 40 ...

    Publications
    Recent Investigation, Prosecution and Legislation Regarding Fraudulent Deeds
    December 1, 2019 / New York Real Estate Law Reporter

    New York City, particularly gentrifying areas of Brooklyn, Harlem, and Washington Heights, are seeing an upsurge of deed theft. Attorneys, ar­chitects, title companies, real estate brokers, agents, contractors, devel­opers and construction ...

    Media Mentions
    1600 Market to Undergo $15M in Renovations
    November 25, 2019 / Philadelphia Business Journal

    Cohen Seglias is mentioned in the Philadelphia Business Journal article about the upcoming renovations to 1600 Market Street. The firm prepares to move into the new space in August 2020. American Real Estate Partners plans to invest more than $15 ...

    Media Mentions
    Cohen Seglias Founder Roy Cohen Named a 2019 Pennsylvania Trailblazer by “The Legal Intelligencer”
    November 19, 2019 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Roy Cohen is named a 2019 Pennsylvania Trailblazer by The Legal Intelligencer in their inaugural list. The Pennsylvania Trailblazer list spotlights individuals who are agents of change and have made significant marks on the practice, policy, and ...

    Newsletters
    Q&A with Steven M. Williams
    November 12, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 3

    Our newsletter team recently sat down with the Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group, Steve Williams. Tell us a little about your practice and the Commercial Litigation Group. A: I provide a full range of legal services to help my ...

    Newsletters
    Buyer Beware: Transferring Your Workers’ Compensation Experience Rating in a Business Transaction
    November 12, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 3

    The “experience modifier” is a method of adjusting an employer’s premium for workers’ compensation policy based upon the employer’s previous loss experience. The premise behind an experience modifier is that the ...

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    PA Supreme Court Decision Raises New Attorney-Client Privilege Considerations for Construction Clients Working With Outside Consultants
    November 12, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 3

    While a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinion has no direct ties to the construction industry, it still has a wide-reaching impact on Pennsylvania litigants generally, including owners, contractors, and consultants involved in construction ...

    Newsletters
    Buckle Up: Best Practices for Contractors Riding the Roller Coaster of Construction Material Tariffs
    November 12, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 3

    On March 8, 2018, President Trump signed a pair of executive orders putting a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10% tariff on imported aluminum. In the eighteen months since the tariffs went into effect, the impacts of these and subsequent ...

    Newsletters
    New Jersey’s “No Damages for Delay” and Negligence of Third Parties
    November 12, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 3

    “No damages for delay” provisions are a universal component of construction contracts on public projects. Generally imposed by public entities in an attempt to limit their exposure, “no damages for delay” provisions operate ...

    Newsletters
    What’s New?
    November 12, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 3

    In this issue, you will learn practical tips on how to avoid the risks of unpredictable pricing as well as an update on the availability of steel and aluminum for construction projects. We also cover issues that contractors should be aware of and ...

    Newsletters
    Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 3
    November 12, 2019

    We hope you are enjoying this fall weather! In this issue, you will learn practical tips on how to avoid the risks of unpredictable pricing as well as the availability of steel and aluminum for construction projects.

    Announcements
    2019 Philadelphia Heart Walk
    November 5, 2019

    Cohen Seglias is proud to continue our partnership with the American Heart Association for the fourth year in a row! On November 2, the Cohen Seglias team was joined by family, friends, and pets at the 2019 Philadelphia Heart Walk in support of ...

    Publications
    But We Did Everything Right! Challenging OSHA Citations with the Unpreventable Employee Misconduct Defense
    November 5, 2019 / Merit Shop Spokesman

    Despite the construction industry’s few areas of certainty, contractors can invariably count on facing an OSHA compliance inspection at some point. These visits are meant to ensure everyone on-site is following OSHA’s many and detailed ...

    Blog Posts
    Failing to Run Weekly Payroll Exposes NY Contractors to Substantial Liability
    November 1, 2019 / Construction Law Now

    Breaking from prior legal precedent, an appellate court in New York ruled that if a contractor pays employees performing manual work on a biweekly basis (or less frequently), the affected employees may bring a private lawsuit or class action case ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Recognized by US News Best Lawyers® on the 2020 “Best Law Firms List”
    November 1, 2019

    We are excited to announce that Cohen Seglias is named in the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list both nationally for two practice groups and regionally in Philadelphia for four practice groups. The firm is listed in the ...

    Publications
    Cohen Seglias Celebrates 30 Years in the Construction Industry Becoming a Thriving National Law Firm
    October 31, 2019 / Utility & Transportation Contractor

    Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC was founded in 1988 by three attorneys and has grown to 70 attorneys in nine offices; practicing not only all over the country but throughout the world. From its inception, the business philosophy of ...

    Announcements
    October 2019 Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Build Day
    October 21, 2019

    On October 16, Cohen Seglias’ volunteer team returned to Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia’s Sharswood Site for their final build day of 2019. Volunteers from our Philadelphia office included Kelly Bridgeford, Ryan Kellenger, Olivia Paris ...

    Media Mentions
    Cohen Seglias Moving, Expanding its Center City Offices
    October 21, 2019 / Philadelphia Business Journal

    As Cohen Seglias prepares to expand its Philadelphia office for internal growth and physical expansion, Partner Edward Seglias sat down with Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal to elaborate on the firm’s decision to ...

    Publications
    Liquidated Damages and Stipulated Sums: Excavating the Truth of Liquidated Damages Provisions
    October 21, 2019 / New Jersey Law Journal

    In my 40 years of practice, I have consistently found that practitioners do not understand the area of the law dealing with liquidated damages and stipulated sums provisions. Yes, they can quote the hornbook law of Williston. And they can advise ...

    Publications
    Fair Housing Update: PA Supreme Court Orders Lower Court to Reconsider Its Decision to Strike Ordinance Requiring Pittsburgh Landlords to Accept Section 8 Vouchers
    October 9, 2019 / Cohen Seglias

    Earlier this year, we wrote about the recent Commonwealth Court case, Apartment Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh v. Pittsburgh, in which the Court struck down a Pittsburgh ordinance that would require landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers ...

    Media Mentions
    Bringing ‘Zeal and Zest’ to Talent Development, Cohen Seglias Eyes Succession Plans
    October 8, 2019 / The Mid-Market Report

    ALM Reporter Lizzy McLellan sat down with managing partner, George Pallas, to discuss the next generation of lawyers and planning for a successful future for the firm’s piece in The Mid-Market Report. Pallas provided the answers below, which ...

    Announcements
    September 2019 Habitat for Humanity Washington, DC Build Day
    October 2, 2019

    On September 13, Cohen Seglias’ DC office participated in their second Habitat for Humanity Washington, D.C. build day. Cohen Seglias attorneys and staff, Casey McKinnon, Jackson Nichols, Cynthia Roberson, Paul Simon, and Paul Williamson, were ...

    Media Mentions
    Construction Law Update
    September 26, 2019 / BreakingGround

    Lori Wisniewski Azzara, Partner in the firm’s Pittsburgh office, is quoted in the September/October edition of BreakingGround‘s Construction Law Update. Lori discusses the rise of technology and how it is changing the legal industry and ...

    Media Mentions
    Sponsor Spotlight: Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall and Furman PC
    September 26, 2019 / Construction Super Conference's News Print

    As lanyard sponsor of the 2019 Construction Super Conference, Cohen Seglias is featured in the conference’s monthly newsletter, News Print. Construction Partner Ed Seglias is quoted in the article about the firm’s commitment to the ...

    Publications
    Buckle Up: Best Practices for Contractors Riding the Roller Coaster of Construction Material Tariffs
    September 26, 2019 / BreakingGround

    On March 8, 2018, President Trump signed a pair of executive orders putting a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a ten percent tariff on imported aluminum. In the eighteen months since the tariffs went into effect, the impacts of these and ...

    Media Mentions
    Feds On The Hook For $1.8M In Delay Of Flood Control Project
    September 24, 2019 / Law360

    Michael Payne, Chair of the firm’s Government Contracting Group, is quoted in the Law360 article in regard to his representation of Meridian Engineering Co. Law360 (September 24, 2019, 11:39 PM EDT) — The federal government is liable ...

    Publications
    But We Did Everything Right! Challenging OSHA Citations with the Unpreventable Employee Misconduct Defense
    September 24, 2019 / The Contractor's Compass

    Despite the construction industry’s few areas of certainty, contractors can invariably count on facing an OSHA compliance inspection at some point. These visits are meant to ensure everyone on-site is complying with OSHA’s many and detailed ...

    Publications
    PA Supreme Court to Decide Whether Businesses Are Liable for Violations of State Consumer Protection Law
    September 17, 2019 / Cohen Seglias

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is currently considering a case that could dramatically alter the Commonwealth’s commercial landscape. In Gregg v. Ameriprise Financial, Inc., the Court agreed to review a decision by the Pennsylvania Superior Court, ...

    Publications
    Contractor Obligations in the Design Assist Model
    September 11, 2019 / Construction Today

    In the traditional “design-bid-build” project delivery system, a project owner sometimes engages a construction manager or contractor during the pre-construction phase to consult and provide insight regarding costs, sequencing, scheduling and ...

    Blog Posts
    Employers Beware! NY Revamps Its Sexual Harassment Law
    September 4, 2019 / Construction Law Now

    Cohen Seglias Summer Associate Jordan L. Cramer also contributed to this article. On August 12, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation (Senate Bill S6577, A8421) making it significantly easier for employees to file sexual harassment ...

    Publications
    Fair Housing: It’s Not Just for Residential Landlords Anymore
    August 30, 2019 / Central Penn Business Journal

    Housing discrimination claims are on the rise. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the two agencies charged with investigating claims of housing discrimination in our ...

    Publications
    Attorneys Take Note: Big Improvements to iPad’s Operating System on Way
    August 21, 2019 / The Legal Intelligencer

    The iPad Pro, as I and many others have previously stated, is a much better content manager than content creator. There is no question that drafting a legal memorandum, contract or a lengthy letter is best performed using a computer with a ...

    Publications
    Business Divorce: Lessons from Experienced Counsel
    August 19, 2019 / Maryland NECA News

    Over the last thirty years, we’ve represented dozens of family-owned and operated construction businesses. Some family businesses run like a well-oiled machine with siblings and extended family members working together harmoniously and taking on ...

    Publications
    Five Tips for Handling Consumer Protection Investigations
    August 16, 2019 / Currents

    This article was originally published in Currents, POWER’s quarterly Environmental newsletter. In consumer protection investigations, governmental agencies such as state Attorneys General and the Federal Trade Commission investigate business ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers® List
    August 15, 2019

    We are pleased to announce that seven Cohen Seglias attorneys are included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Lawyers are selected for inclusion based on an exhaustive peer-review process. Roy Cohen, Litigation – ...

    Publications
    Nailing Down ‘Design-Assist’: Legal Issues in Construction Contracting
    August 14, 2019 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Large and complex projects like the Comcast Technology Center often benefit from contractors’ participation in the pre-construction design and planning phase. In late 2018, the Comcast Technology Center opened to the public after approximately ...

    Publications
    Proactive Human Resources Management
    August 1, 2019 / Utility & Transportation Contractor

    In any given year, my firm represents nearly 1,000 contractors. I’m on the phone with contractors talking about employee and union issues all day every day. I’m not complaining, I get to hear some pretty interesting stories about how employees ...

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    Q&A with Marian A. Kornilowicz
    August 1, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 2

    Our newsletter team recently sat down with the Chair of the firm’s Business Transactions Group, Marian Kornilowicz. Tell us a little about your practice and the services you provide to your clients. A: I joined Cohen Seglias 19 years ago as a ...

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    Contractor Obligations in the Design-Assist Model
    August 1, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 2

    In the traditional “design-bid-build” project delivery system, a project owner sometimes engages a construction manager or contractor during the pre-construction phase to consult and provide insight regarding costs, sequencing, scheduling, and ...

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    Liquidated Damages and Multiple Causes of Delay: How is Responsibility Apportioned?
    August 1, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 2

    Delays are an unfortunate but all-too-common reality in the construction industry. Even in the best of circumstances, proving who bears responsibility for a delay is often a burdensome task. On the most straightforward of projects, delays are often ...

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    PLA Struck Down: New, Stricter Requirements Set for Future Use
    August 1, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 2

    On January 11, 2019, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court struck down a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) contained in a bid solicitation on a PennDOT project that required the use of union labor. The ruling also set stricter requirements for the use of ...

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    Announcing Our Consumer Protection & Regulatory Defense Group
    August 1, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 2

    In today’s competitive market place, companies face an increasing level of scrutiny. Many of their policies, practices, and marketing strategies are subject to complex federal, state, and local consumer protection laws, as well as oversight by ...

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    What’s New?
    August 1, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 2

    Introducing our E-Newsletter! We have transitioned Construction in Brief to an electronic newsletter. Please explore our articles on our website as we no longer send out printed copies. You can subscribe to our e-newsletter here. We are excited ...

    Newsletters
    Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 2
    August 1, 2019

    Introducing our E-Newsletter! We have transitioned Construction in Brief to an electronic newsletter. Please explore our articles on our website as we no longer send out printed copies.

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Moves to One Newark Center – Office supports New Jersey based clients in firm’s Construction Group
    July 29, 2019

    Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC  has announced its new office location in Newark, which currently hosts four attorneys and one administrative assistant, led by partner Michael F. McKenna. The new address is One Newark Center, 1085 ...

    Media Mentions
    Aileen Schwartz Forges Relationships, Inspires Change
    July 8, 2019 / Modern Counsel

    Cohen Seglias Managing Partner George Pallas is quoted in the Modern Counsel article, saying “I have known Aileen for over 20 years, and she is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. She creates pragmatic, disciplined, and principled ...

    Blog Posts
    PA Construction Legislative Update
    July 1, 2019 / Construction Law Now

    Harrisburg has seen a number of proposed bills during the past few weeks, many of which will have significant legal impacts on the construction industry. On the top of the list is an anti-indemnity statute that would put Pennsylvania among the ranks ...

    Publications
    DC Enacts New Paid Leave Requirements
    July 1, 2019 / SMACNA Mid-Atlantic Connections

    The District of Columbia Universal Paid Leave Act (Act) creates a paid leave system funded by employers to provide employees with paid parental, family, and medical leave. Beginning on July 1, 2019, each “covered employer” must contribute an ...

    Publications
    Five Tips for Handling Consumer Protection Investigations Conducted by Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office
    July 1, 2019 / Harrisburg Commercial Real Estate Review

    Investigations by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (PAOAG) relating to businesses’ dealings with consumers are on the rise. It appears that the current administration believes that businesses are more frequently than ever dealing ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Welcomes its 2019 Summer Associates
    June 28, 2019

    Cohen Seglias is pleased to welcome its 2019 summer associates – Alexandra Aversa, Jordan Cramer, Seth Gitman, and Dylan Thompson in Philadelphia; Michael Essiaw in Washington, DC; and Jamie Judefind in Wilmington. The law students work ...

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    June 2019 Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Build Day
    June 27, 2019

    On June 20, Cohen Seglias’ volunteer team participated in our first Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia build day of 2019. The team spent the day working in the Sharswood neighborhood as a part of Habitat Philly’s Neighborhood ...

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    Relief in Sight for Dealing with Fraudulent Requests for Assistance and Service Animals in Pennsylvania
    June 20, 2019 / PBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section Newsletter

    Your community has a no-pet policy. When John was moving in, he inquired about the pet policy and was told that no pets are allowed. Several weeks after John moved in, your community manager saw John walking a dog in the community. When confronted ...

    Announcements
    Announcing Our Consumer Protection & Regulatory Defense Group
    June 18, 2019

    In today’s competitive market place, companies face an increasing level of scrutiny. Many of their policies, practices, and marketing strategies are subject to complex state and local consumer protection laws as well as oversight by both federal ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Ranked Eighth in Construction Executive’s The Top 50 Construction Law Firms® of 2019
    June 5, 2019 / Construction Executive

    We are proud to announce that Cohen Seglias is ranked eighth in Construction Executive’s The Top 50 Construction Law Firms® of 2019. In CE‘s Top 50 publication, Cohen Seglias Partner Marc Furman discusses why it is important for a ...

    Media Mentions
    Diverse Leaders To Take Over All 59 of NY State Bar Association’s Committees
    June 3, 2019 / New York Law Journal

    Carol Sigmond, vice chair of the NY State Bar Association’s Committee on Committees, was included in the New York Law Journal article, “Diverse Leaders To Take Over All 59 of NY State Bar Association’s Committees.” Henry M. ...

    Media Mentions
    June 3, 2019: State Bar Takes Unprecedented Steps to Diversify Leasdership
    June 3, 2019 / New York State Bar Association

    Carol Sigmond, vice chair of the NY State Bar Association’s Committee on Committees, was included in the NYSBA’s press release. All 59 NYSBA Committees Will be Chaired, Co-Chaired or Vice-Chaired by Women, People of Color or Other ...

    Media Mentions
    How the ‘Borgata Babes’ Case Has Helped Define Employee Appearance Standards
    May 30, 2019 / New Jersey Law Journal

    Cohen Seglias Partner Jonathan Landesman is quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal article, “How the ‘Borgata Babes’ Case Has Helped Define Employee Appearance Standards.” Filed a decade ago, a suit by employees of the Borgata ...

    Announcements
    Robert Ruggieri elected as Elective Governance Director to the SAME-Philadelphia Post Board of Directors
    May 29, 2019

    Robert G. Ruggieri was recently elected as an Elective Governance Director, 2019-2022, to the Board of Directors of the Society of American Military Engineers-Philadelphia Post. As a member of the Board of Directors, Bob will assist in the ...

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    2019 Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Building HOPE Luncheon
    May 20, 2019

    On April 30, Cohen Seglias joined Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia at their annual Building HOPE Luncheon as a 10th Anniversary Sponsor for $10,000. Cohen Seglias is committed to Habitat’s mission of creating safe, sustainable, and ...

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    Tomorrow’s Artificially Intelligent Lawyer Getting Closer Each Day
    May 15, 2019 / The Legal Intelligencer

    In the book “We Are Not Alone,” published in 1964 and written by Walter Sullivan, the author included a chapter that asked “Is There Intelligent Life on Earth?” While that question could generate a lively debate, there can be no doubt that ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Selected to the 2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers List
    May 15, 2019

    We are pleased to announce that four Cohen Seglias attorneys were selected to this year’s New Jersey Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state and the Rising Stars ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Selected to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List
    May 15, 2019

    We are pleased to announce that ten Cohen Seglias attorneys were selected to this year’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list and 13 others were selected to the Rising Stars list. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in ...

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    Changes Ahead: Department of Education Proposes Revisions to Title IX Regulations
    May 15, 2019 / The Temple 10-Q

    The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released proposed Title IX regulations in late 2018, specifically concerning sexual harassment, including sexual assault. This is significant because the DOE has never addressed these issues through regulation. ...

    Blog Posts
    Webinar Recap: How to Get Paid – Tips and Tricks for Construction Companies in DC, MD, and VA
    May 9, 2019 / Construction Law Now

    I hope you enjoyed my recent webinar on payment techniques for contractors in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. If you missed it, you can access the recording here. Below are some of the highlights: Payment Techniques Traditional payment techniques for ...

    Podcasts
    The Allegheny Front – Episode for May 3, 2019
    May 3, 2019 / The Allegheny Front

    Christopher Carusone was interviewed on the podcast The Allegheny Front. This week on The Allegheny Front, prosecutors in Pennsylvania are looking into possible environmental crimes committed during the fracking boom. New technology aims to recycle ...

    Media Mentions
    Pa. Prosecutors Eye Potential ‘Environmental Crimes.’
    May 3, 2019 / witf

    Cohen Seglias Partner Christopher Carusone is quoted in the witf article, “Pa. prosecutors eye potential ‘environmental crimes.'” Investigators will be assessing intent or state of mind, a former federal prosecutor ...

    Media Mentions
    Fabricators Tap into the Potential of Steel Construction
    May 1, 2019 / The Fabricator

    Cohen Seglias Partner Jason Copley is quoted in the Fabricator article, “Fabricators Tap into the Potential of Steel Construction” highlighting the American Institute of Steel Construction’s 2019 Steel Convention. Jason gave ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Ranked in Chambers USA 2019
    April 25, 2019

    We are pleased to announce that Cohen Seglias is recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the preeminent legal ranking of attorneys and law firms. The firm’s Construction Group is once again named a ...

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    OSHA Review: What You May Have Missed In the Past Six Months
    April 24, 2019 / Construction Law Now

    The past six months have seen plenty of activity from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The following recaps the developments affecting the construction industry. As each changes the regulatory landscape, construction ...

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    Expansion of OAG’s Power to Regulate Anti-competitive Conduct in the Marketplace
    April 23, 2019 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Unlike its federal brethren at the U.S. Justice Department, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (OAG) is limited in its ability to fight anticompetitive conduct in Pennsylvania’s marketplace. The OAG has tried in vain for years to get ...

    Publications
    Fair Housing Update: City of Pittsburgh Appeals Court Determination that “Source of Income” Does Not Include Section 8 Vouchers
    April 22, 2019 / Cohen Seglias

    On March 13 we wrote about the recent Commonwealth Court case, Apartment Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh v. Pittsburgh, in which the Court struck down a Pittsburgh ordinance that would have required landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers ...

    Blog Posts
    Who is an Insured Anyway? New Additional Insured Requirements for New York Construction Professionals
    April 11, 2019 / Construction Law Now

    Construction professionals in New York face new hurdles in ensuring they are covered as additional insureds under other parties’ commercial general liability insurance policies. In 2002, a New York City agency contracted with a general contractor ...

    Media Mentions
    Law Firm Leaders: Cohen Seglias’ George Pallas
    April 11, 2019 / Law360

    Law360 (April 10, 2019, 1:57 PM EDT) — It has been a little over two years since George E. Pallas was elected to be the third managing partner of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, the Pennsylvania-based, construction-focused ...

    Publications
    Condo Co-Op Help Line: Mechanic’s Lien and Proprietary Leases
    April 1, 2019 / Mann Report Management

    Recently, the New York Court of Appeals has resolved an open issue under Lien Law section 3 concerning leased property. Historically, landlords in New York City have included language in leases purporting to shield their interest in property from ...

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    30th Anniversary – Year of Service
    April 1, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 1

    2018 marked Cohen Seglias’ 30th anniversary. To commemorate the year, we hosted a series of events benefitting local charities in a number of our cities. The firm has a longstanding tradition of civic involvement and we were proud to celebrate our ...

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    Announcing New Practice Group: Construction Contracts & Risk Management
    April 1, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 1

    Construction Contracts & Risk Management Group In 2018, laws concerning construction contracts and projects changed in many states. For example, Pennsylvania modified its Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act, changing notice requirements and ...

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    Indemnity Provisions: What You Should Know
    April 1, 2019 / SMACNA Mid-Atlantic Connections

    Indemnity provisions are common features in construction contracts. They typically require one party, the indemnitor, to provide protection to another party (e.g., “to indemnify”) from liability for losses caused by the indemnitor. Typically, a ...

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    30 Years at a Glance
    April 1, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 1

    On August 31, 2018, Cohen Seglias celebrated a milestone, our 30th anniversary. I think back to 1988 when John Greenhall and I, fresh from a triumphant jury verdict in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, moved into our first office, a 5000 square foot ...

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    Q&A with Robert G. Ruggieri
    April 1, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 1

    Our newsletter team recently sat down with new Partner Bob Ruggieri. Q: Tell us a little about your practice and the services you provide your clients.  A: I represent and provide counsel to federal government contractors, with a specific focus on ...

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    What’s New?
    April 1, 2019 / Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 1

    2018 was a great year for the firm. In addition to growth across all of our offices, we celebrated our 30th anniversary with a series of charitable events, giving back to our local communities. As the new year kicks off, we are excited to announce a ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2019 Volume 1
    April 1, 2019

    2018 was a great year for the firm. In addition to growth across all of our offices, we celebrated our 30th anniversary with a series of charitable events, giving back to our local communities.

    Publications
    Making E-Discovery Documents Portable, Organized and Ready for Court
    March 29, 2019 / The Legal Intelligencer

    I am a great fan and early adopter of legal technology, but when it comes to e-discovery I often find myself longing for the good old days. The Information Age has brought about an explosion of digital information that is stored on computers, mobile ...

    Media Mentions
    Duke’s Fraud Trouble Is a Wake-up Call for Research Compliance
    March 28, 2019 / Bloomberg Law

    Paul Thaler, chair of the firm’s Scientific Misconduct Group, was quoted in the Bloomberg Law article, “Duke’s Fraud Trouble Is a Wake-up Call for Research Compliance.” Duke University’s whopping $112.5 million settlement for ...

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    Guest View: New Law Targets Fraudulent Service-Animal Requests
    March 22, 2019 / Central Penn Business Journal

    Your community has a no-pet policy. When John was moving in, he asked about the pet policy and was told no pets are allowed. Several weeks after John moved in, your community manager saw John walking a dog in the community. When confronted about the ...

    Media Mentions
    Law360’s Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board
    March 19, 2019 / Law360

    Cohen Seglias Partner Timothy Furin was selected to Law360‘s 2019 Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board. Law360 (March 19, 2019, 12:33 PM EDT) — Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2019 Government Contracts ...

    Media Mentions
    Law360’s Construction Editorial Advisory Board
    March 14, 2019 / Law360

    Cohen Seglias Partner Carol Sigmond was selected to Law360‘s 2019 Construction Editorial Advisory Board. Law360 (March 14, 2019, 2:51 PM EDT) — Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2019 Construction Editorial Advisory ...

    Publications
    Fair Housing: “Source of Income” Does Not Include Section 8 Vouchers in Pittsburgh
    March 13, 2019 / Cohen Seglias

    In a recent case, the Commonwealth Court struck down a Pittsburgh ordinance that would have required landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers from tenants. In Apartment Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh v. Pittsburgh, the Court concluded that the ...

    Blog Posts
    The Long Wait is Over: DOL Increases Minimum Salary Threshold With Proposed New Overtime Rule
    March 11, 2019 / Construction Law Now

    On March 7, 2019, the United States Department of Labor issued a proposed new overtime rule that will raise the minimum salary threshold for workers to qualify for the white-collar exemption to the overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor ...

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    Three Small Words Could Cause a Big Tax Problem for Your Spouse
    March 6, 2019 / Cohen Seglias

    If your will has a trust arrangement in place for your spouse, -and it probably does, the trust must be a sole use trust for Pennsylvania purposes in order to qualify the trust assets to be taxed at 0%. If the trust under your will is not a sole use ...

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    Condo Co-Op Help Line: New Construction Materials
    March 1, 2019 / Mann Report Management

    Certain building materials, such as wood, have been in use since humans first built huts and lean-tos. In more recent years, condominium and cooperative boards have been dealing with a vari­ety of building facade issues, including issues involving ...

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    Know Your Payment Rights – Federal and Local Prompt Payment Statutes
    February 26, 2019 / SMACNA Mid-Atlantic Connections

    Prompt payment statutes require timely payments to contractors on construction projects. Understanding prompt pay laws and their application is highly beneficial to contractors. Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia all have prompt pay statutes ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Supports the Humane Rescue Alliance
    February 13, 2019

    In 2018, Cohen Seglias’ DC office became involved with the Humane Rescue Alliance, an organization that protects animals, supports families, and advocates for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive. In addition to ...

    Media Mentions
    Owner Attempting to Sell Oak Lawn
    February 4, 2019 / Gettysburg Times

    The owner of Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens entered into the cemetery business by accident. Now he wants out. Ramesh Rao said in a recent interview he hopes to sell the 24.9-acre cemetery for $1.4 million. In the meantime, the Philadelphia engineer ...

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    Five Tips for Representing Clients in Consumer Protection
    February 1, 2019 / Spectrum

    The Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL), 73 P.S. § 201-1 et seq., and the Administrative Code of 1929, specifically y71 P.S. § 307-3, vest the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General with the power to ...

    Media Mentions
    Multiple Mechanic’s Liens Filed Over Construction of Comcast Technology Center
    January 30, 2019 / Philadelphia Business Journal

    Roy Cohen is quoted in the Philadelphia Business Journal article, “Multiple mechanic’s liens filed over construction of Comcast Technology Center,” in regard to the firm’s representation of Ray Angelini Inc. Millions of ...

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    Technology Learning Curve Requires Patience, but It’s Worth It
    January 23, 2019 / The Legal Intelligencer

    I find it interesting that some of the younger attorneys I know, and most of the older ones too, do not share my fascination with computer technology. Perhaps my interest is not shared by younger attorneys because they find no novelty in something ...

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    Condo Co-Op Help Line: Tenant Protection Plans
    January 15, 2019 / Mann Report Residential

    A project on the Upper West Side has resulted in a cluster of proposed legislation to address the safety of residents in multiple dwelling buildings subject to major construction work. Most of the impact will be in conversions, but any building with ...

    Media Mentions
    Conduct Case Dismissed Against District Judge
    January 11, 2019 / Observer-Reporter

    A conduct case against a district judge in the Mon Valley has been dismissed after he successfully completed a mentoring program. The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline last week dismissed the case against Mark Wilson, ruling he successfully ...

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    Tips for Representing Clients in OAG Consumer Protection Investigations
    January 9, 2019 / The Legal Intelligencer

    The Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL), 73 P.S. Section 201-1 et seq., and the Administrative Code of 1929, specifically 71 P.S. Section 307-3, vest the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (OAG) with the ...

    Announcements
    Robert G. Ruggieri Named Partner in Cohen Seglias Government Contracting Group
    January 7, 2019

    Robert G. Ruggieri has been named Partner, effective January 1, 2019. Bob is a member of the firm’s Government Contracting Group. “On behalf of everyone at Cohen Seglias, I congratulate Bob on this well-deserved accomplishment,” said ...

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    Edward Seglias Named General Counsel for The American Institute of Steel Construction
    January 3, 2019

    Edward Seglias has been named Secretary and General Counsel for the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), and George Pallas and Jason Copley will serve as Assistant General Counsel. AISC, headquartered in Chicago, IL, is a non-partisan, ...

    Publications
    RESPECT: It’s a Will
    December 17, 2018 / Cohen Seglias

    What you want Baby, I got it What you need Do you know I got it? It’s a WILL Aretha Franklin, known by many as the Queen of Soul, died just a couple of months ago at age 76. She had four living children by multiple partners, her first at only 12 ...

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    Cohen Seglias Supports Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s Largest Hunger Relief Organization
    December 13, 2018

    On December 7, Cohen Seglias hosted our 30th Anniversary Holiday Party at The Franklin Institute, Fels Planetarium, in Philadelphia. The event was part of the commemoration of our 30th anniversary in which we hosted a series of events ...

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    Cohen Seglias Supports Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
    December 11, 2018

    On November 29, Cohen Seglias hosted an event benefiting Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at Bar Marco’s Union Hall in Pittsburgh, PA. The event was part of our commemoration of the firm’s 30th anniversary and the Pittsburgh ...

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    Lessons from the Kavanaugh Hearing
    December 1, 2018 / Utility & Transportation Contractor

    I’m a management-side labor and employment lawyer. It’s my job to go to court and defend employers and executives accused of all different types of misconduct, including sexual harassment. Over the last 20 years, I’ve seen it all. Some of my ...

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    Subcontractor’s Guide to Proving Delay eBook
    December 1, 2018 / eSub Construction Software

    Welcome to the Subcontractor’s Guide To Proving Delay. The goal of this guide is to help you understand how to prove that your work has been delayed and to recover costs associated with that delay. This guide will: Give you an understanding of ...

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    From the Legal Pad to the iPad Pro: The End of Paper is Near
    November 29, 2018 / The Legal Intelligencer

    In 2008, Richard Susskind, the noted author of books predicting upcoming changes in the legal profession, wrote the “End of Lawyers: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services.” It was a fascinating warning about the need for lawyers to adapt to ...

    Announcements
    Our First Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC Build Day
    November 20, 2018

    On November 15, Cohen Seglias participated in its inaugural Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC build day. The volunteer build day brought together Cohen Seglias attorneys and staff and members of Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro ...

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    30th Anniversary Celebration Benefiting DC Habitat
    November 19, 2018

    To commemorate Cohen Seglias’ 30th Anniversary, we hosted a series of events benefiting charities in our communities. On November 1, our attorneys and staff were joined by clients, Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington members, ...

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    How to Avoid the Pitfalls of a “No Damage for Delay Clause”
    November 15, 2018 / Subcontractors Trade Association Newsletter

    The Delay Damages Bill concerning delay related to claims against public entities passed the NYS Senate on Thursday, June 14. Currently, the Bill awaits signature by Governor Cuomo. But if Governor Cuomo signs the Bill, this will not end the ...

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    Cohen Seglias Recognized by US News Best Lawyers® on the 2019 “Best Law Firms List”
    November 7, 2018

    We are pleased to announce that Cohen Seglias is named on the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2019 “Best Law Firms” list nationally and regionally in Philadelphia. The firm received National Tier 3 recognition in Construction Law and Litigation – ...

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    Contractors Beware – Ohio Joins Minority of States in Insurance Coverage Row
    October 29, 2018 / Construction Law Now

    The Ohio Supreme Court’s October 9, 2018 decision in Ohio Northern University v. Charles Construction Services, Inc., 2018-Ohio-4057 issued a blow to general contractors attempting to obtain insurance coverage under their commercial general ...

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    Relief in Sight for Dealing with Fraudulent Requests for Assistance and Service Animals in PA
    October 25, 2018 / Cohen Seglias

    On October 24, 2018, Governor Wolf signed into law the Assistance and Service Animal Integrity Act, Act 118-2018 (House Bill 2049), which takes effect on December 23, 2018. The Act is designed to assist landlords and condominium and homeowner ...

    Announcements
    October 2018 Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Build Day
    October 25, 2018

    On October 24, Cohen Seglias’ volunteer team returned to Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia‘s Diamond Park housing development for the final time as they put finishing touches on the last houses. Volunteers from our Philadelphia and New ...

    Media Mentions
    McCarthy Family Tie Highlights Small Biz Ineligibility Trouble
    October 18, 2018 / Bloomberg Law

    A 40-year-old program designed to help “socially and economically disadvantaged” small businesses win federal contracts is full of ineligible participants, according to a recent report from the Small Business Administration’s Office of ...

    Podcasts
    Federal Game Changers Podcast: Proposed Rule Changes to SDVOSB
    October 3, 2018 / Federal Game Changers

    Maria Panichelli was a guest of the podcast, Federal Game Changers powered by RSM Federal, and discussed the proposed rule changes to the SDVOSB certification. These rules will change how the VA and SBA handle this certification.

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    PA CASPA Amendments Become Effective October 10
    October 2, 2018 / Construction Law Now

    On October 10, 2018, the amendments to the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act, 73 P.S. § 501, et seq. (CASPA) will take effect and significantly impact the rights and duties of owners, contractors, and subcontractors on all Pennsylvania ...

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    The City of Philadelphia Adopts a New Building Code for the First Time in a Decade
    October 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 3

    After nearly ten years of operating under the 2009 International Construction Code, in May 2018, Philadelphia City Council modernized the City’s commercial and multi-family building regulations by adopting the 2018 International Construction Code ...

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    Changes to Pennsylvania’s Arbitration Law: What to Expect
    October 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 3

    Contracts often include arbitration provisions for multiple reasons, such as: to reduce litigation costs, to increase the speed of dispute resolution, and to allow parties the opportunity to choose an experienced arbitrator rather than roll the dice ...

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    Brace Yourself: How the Construction Industry Can Roll with the Punches of Steel, Lumber, and Retaliatory Tariffs
    October 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 3

    On March 1, 2018, President Trump announced his intention to enact a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10% tariff on imported aluminum, which went into effect on June 1. Before the tariffs, the U.S. imported about a third of all steel used ...

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    Contractors Beware: Browning-Ferris Stands as Law of the Land… for Now
    October 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 3

    Perhaps no issue has generated more buzz in labor law circles in recent months than the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) stance on joint employer liability. The consequences of being deemed a joint employer can be dramatic for the ...

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    What’s New
    October 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 3

    Brief Note: Welcome to the fall edition of Construction in Brief! In this issue, we provide the latest information on a number of legislative changes affecting your business. You will learn about new amendments to the Pennsylvania contractor and ...

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    Important Amendments to the Pennsylvania CASPA: Non-Waiver, Right to Stop Work, Defective Work, and Retainage
    October 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 3

    On June 12, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill 566, which includes several amendments to the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act, 73 P.S. § 501, et seq. (CASPA). The amendments take effect on October 10, ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 3
    October 1, 2018

    Welcome to the fall edition of Construction in Brief! In this issue, we provide the latest information on a number of legislative changes affecting your business.

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    Condo Co-Op Help Line: New Construction Issues
    October 1, 2018 / Mann Report Management

    My parents would only buy new construction; I prefer not to do so, at least in New York City condominium buildings. New buildings are fraught with issues, mostly in the nature of construction defects. Buyers of units in new buildings in New York ...

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    UPDATE: Pennsylvania Governor Announces Last-Minute Extension of REAL ID Deadline
    October 1, 2018 / Cohen Seglias

    This past weekend, Governor Wolf’s office announced it was notified by the United States Department of Homeland Security that Pennsylvania residents can use their driver’s licenses to board domestic flights and enter federal facilities until ...

    Blog Posts
    Lessons from the Kavanaugh Hearing
    September 28, 2018 / Construction Law Now

    I’m a management-side employment lawyer. It’s my job to go to court and defend employers and executives accused of all different types of misconduct, including sexual harassment. Over the last 20 years, I have seen it all. Some of my cases ...

    Publications
    The Ever-Shifting Legal Landscape of Joint Employment: Guest View
    September 28, 2018 / Central Penn Business Journal

    Joint employment has kept labor and employment lawyers busy in recent years. The concept of joint employment means that an employee can be simultaneously, or “jointly,” employed by two or more entities that exercise, or have the right to ...

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    Pennsylvania REAL ID Extension For Domestic Air Travel To Expire In October
    September 24, 2018 / Cohen Seglias

    On October 10, 2018, Pennsylvanians will no longer be allowed to board domestic flights or to enter federal facilities, such as federal courthouses and military bases, using their driver’s licenses. This change comes pursuant to the U.S. REAL ID ...

    Blog Posts
    New Maryland Law Exposes General Contractors and Subcontractors to Greater Wage and Hour Liability
    September 19, 2018 / Construction Law Now

    Effective October 1, 2018, general contractors with projects in Maryland will have a new headache to deal with. That’s when Maryland’s new law, the General Contractor Liability for Unpaid Wages Act, will go into effect. Under the Act, GCs will ...

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    Condo Co-Op Help Line: Implementation of Construction Site Safety Training, Local Law 196-17
    September 1, 2018 / Mann Report: Management

    Local Law 196-17 has been controversial from its inception as a legislative proposal, and the controversy remains as the New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB) begins implementation. The public presentation of the original bill was to ...

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    30th Anniversary Celebration Benefiting The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region
    August 22, 2018

    To commemorate Cohen Seglias’ 30th Anniversary, we are hosting a series of events benefiting charities in our communities. On Tuesday, August 21, the Harrisburg office celebrated at FNB Field. Despite the rained out Senators game, friends of the ...

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    2018 Philadelphia Heart Walk
    August 20, 2018

    For the third year in a row, Cohen Seglias is participating in the Philadelphia Heart Walk. On October 27, friends and family are welcome to join our team at Citizens Bank Park. The Firm’s goal is to raise money to support the American Heart ...

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    Seven Cohen Seglias Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019
    August 15, 2018

    We are pleased to announce that seven Cohen Seglias attorneys are included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Lawyers are selected for inclusion based on an exhaustive peer-review process. Roy Cohen, Litigation – ...

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    An Overview of the Judgment Fund and How Its Availability Can Impact a Contracting Officer’s Decision to Settle a Claim
    August 3, 2018 / Cohen Seglias

    This article was prepared as course material for the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law Annual Meeting. I. Introduction The Judgment Fund was established by Congress in 1956 to alleviate the need for specific legislation ...

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    Grand Jury Reports, the Right to Due Process and a Corporation’s Reputation
    July 25, 2018 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Abraham Lincoln once said, “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Unfortunately, in a world where opinion often replaces fact, and one negative article or blog post ...

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    Q&A with Michael F. McKenna
    July 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 2

    The marketing department sat down with Mike McKenna, who recently joined our Newark, New Jersey office. Q: Tell us a little about your practice. A: For the last 38 years, I have almost exclusively practiced in the area of construction law. My ...

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    Getting Paid or Getting Stayed? Recent Judicial Decisions in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania Limit Surety Attempts to Delay Miller Act Claims
    July 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 2

    In order to ensure the financial health of construction companies working on federal jobs, Congress has provided first and second tier subcontractors and suppliers with a potent remedy. Under the federal Miller Act, 40 U.S.C. § 3133, prime ...

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    Pulling the Continuous Trigger: Insurance Policies and Progressive Property Damage in New Jersey
    July 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 2

    When a property owner claims damages due to defective construction, the first step for a contractor is to notify its commercial general liability (CGL) insurance carrier for coverage. In most instances, this process is straightforward. However, ...

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    Beware the Performance Specification: When Design-Bid-Build Becomes Design-Build
    July 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 2

    Performance specifications in a construction contract can dramatically alter decisions about costs, pricing, and quantities, and therefore profits. Often they make a design-bid-build job feel like it is operating more like design-build, disrupting ...

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    What’s New
    July 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 2

    Brief Note: Greetings from the Editorial Team at Construction in Brief! In this issue, you will learn valuable information regarding performance specifications, as well as for subcontractors on federal projects in Maryland, Virginia, ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 2
    July 1, 2018

    In this issue, you will learn valuable information regarding performance specifications, as well as for subcontractors on federal projects in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

    Media Mentions
    Ex-JAG Lawyer Joins Cohen Seglias in Philadelphia
    June 22, 2018 / Law360

    Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, which represents government contractors, corporate clients, midsize privately held businesses and construction companies, has added a former acquisition law specialist from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate ...

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    New Jersey Jury Awards Randolph Tennis Center and Grand Slam Tennis $4.9 Million Verdict in Construction Trial, Finding Negligence
    June 13, 2018

    Cohen Seglias Partner Michael F. McKenna and Associate Anthony J. Tavormina Represented Randolph Tennis Center and Grand Slam Tennis in large jury verdict. Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, a law firm representing corporate clients, ...

    Media Mentions
    NJ Tennis Center Scores $5M Construction Defect Verdict
    June 13, 2018 / Law360

    Law360 published an article about Michael F. McKenna and Anthony J. Tavormina’s representation of Randolph Tennis Center and Grand Slam Tennis in a large jury verdict. A New Jersey jury has found three companies involved in the construction ...

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    Condo Co-Op Help Line: Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act
    June 1, 2018 / Mann Report Management

    For nearly 30 years, New York City property owners have been coping with the so called “drive by ADA violation” litigation. These cases are less about correcting ADA violations or improving handicapped accessibility than generating attorney fees ...

    Announcements
    First Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia 2018 Build Day
    June 1, 2018

    For the firm’s first build day of 2018, the Cohen Seglias volunteer team returned to Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia‘s Diamond Park site. The volunteers, Anthony Bottenfield, Jeff Jakob, Megan Jaskolka, Michelle Marano, Joseph ...

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    Cohen Seglias Expands New Jersey Presence with Two New Construction Attorneys
    May 21, 2018

    Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC has announced the hires of Michael F. McKenna and Anthony J. Tavormina as attorneys in the firm’s Newark office. McKenna is a Partner and Tavormina is an Associate, both in the firm’s Construction ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Selected To The 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List
    May 17, 2018

    We are pleased to announce that ten Cohen Seglias attorneys were selected to this year’s Super Lawyers list and ten others were selected to the Rising Stars list. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state ...

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    Repeat Offenders: When Scientific Fraudsters Slip Through the Cracks
    May 14, 2018 / Undark and Retraction Watch

    Cohen Seglias partner Paul Thaler is quoted in the collaboration piece between Undark and Retraction Watch. This story is a product of a collaboration between Undark and Retraction Watch. Sometime after 2010 — he isn’t exactly sure when — ...

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    Condo Co-Op Help Line: Soil Erosion or Not? How to Protect Your Property from Undermining
    May 1, 2018 / Mann Report Residential

    With the most recent development boom and the inexplicable omission of the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) to ensure the safety of adjacent buildings from undermining by developers, it now falls to property owners to understand how to ...

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    Managing Risk in a Boom Market
    May 1, 2018 / BreakingGround

    Cohen Seglias partner Lisa Wampler is quoted in the BreakingGround article, “Managing Risk in a Boom Market”. Lisa gave advice for contractors on how to handle the 2018-2020 market boom for construction in Western PA. By: Jeff ...

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    Additional Insured Provisions, Traps and Pitfalls
    May 1, 2018 / The Contractor's Compass

    Many, if not all, construction subcontracts contain a provision requiring the subcontractor to name the general contractor, owner, and others as “additional insureds” on the subcontractor’s liability insurance policies. Contractors include ...

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    2018 Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Building HOPE Luncheon
    May 1, 2018

    On May 1, Cohen Seglias joined Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia at their annual Building HOPE Luncheon as a Block Builder sponsor. Cohen Seglias is committed to Habitat’s mission of creating safe, sustainable, and affordable housing with ...

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    Cohen Seglias Ranked in Chambers USA 2018
    May 1, 2018

    We are pleased to announce that Cohen Seglias is recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the preeminent legal ranking of attorneys and law firms. We could not have done it without our clients. When ...

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    Changes on the Horizon: SBA and VA Overhaul VOSB/ SDVOSB Eligibility Requirements
    May 1, 2018 / APTAC Connection

    Attention all PTAC Counselors: Veteran-owned business eligibility requirements are about to change. In January of this year, both the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued proposed rules that would ...

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    Corporate Counsel’s Insider Guide to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office
    April 25, 2018 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro took the helm of the Attorney General’s Office (OAG) in January 2017. Since his election, the OAG has been extremely active in conducting investigations and filing lawsuits in matters affecting a ...

    Media Mentions
    Institutional Research Misconduct Reports Need More Credibility
    April 3, 2018 / Journal of the American Medical Association

    In December 2017, Paul Thaler sat on a panel concerning the area of scientific misconduct investigations for the ORI conference. A paper resulted from the panel’s efforts and is published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). ...

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    Condo Co-Op Help Line: Maintenance Policies
    April 1, 2018 / Mann Report Management

    Whether implicit or explicit, every cooperative and condominium board has certain maintenance policies. Some, such as the policy that tenants or unit owners are responsible for their own decorating and upgrades, are similar from building to ...

    Blog Posts
    Recent OSHA Regulatory Shifts May Address Concerns About Electronically Submitting Workplace Injury and Illness Data
    March 26, 2018 / Construction Law Now

    Recent OSHA activity indicates possible changes in the scope and enforcement of the newly-created Improve Tracking of Workplace Injury and Illnesses Rule (Electronic Reporting Rule). OSHA intends to collect less data than the rule requires in order ...

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    It’s Finally Here: Federal Appeals Court Decision Upholds ACA-Led Challenge to FCC’s July 2015 TCPA Ruling
    March 20, 2018 / Cohen Seglias

    Perhaps good things really do come to those who wait. Ending eighteen months of anticipation, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its ruling on the challenge to the FCC’s July 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order (the ...

    Media Mentions
    District Judge Mark Wilson to be Mentored to Resolve Conduct Complaints
    March 20, 2018 / Observer-Reporter

    Cohen Seglias Partner Chris Carusone was quoted in the Observer-Reporter article, “District Judge Mark Wilson to be Mentored to Resolve Conduct Complaints,” in regard to his representation of the judge. District Judge Mark Wilson will ...

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    ICYMI: Federal Appeals Court Upholds New OSHA Silica Rule
    March 16, 2018 / Construction Law Now

    A recent federal appeals court decision rejected a challenge to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s new rule for respirable crystalline silica (silica) exposure in the construction industry (the Silica Rule), keeping the rule ...

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    Government Pa. House Panel OKs So-Called ‘Clean-Slate’ Bill
    March 13, 2018 / Central Penn Business Journal

    Cohen Seglias Partner Christopher Carusone was quoted in the Central Penn Business Journal article, “Government Pa. House Panel OKs So-Called ‘Clean-Slate’ Bill.” The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee voted ...

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    Condo Co-Op Help Line: Home Improvement Contracts Revisited
    March 1, 2018 / Mann Report Residential

    When condominium unit owners or cooperative shareholders opt to have renovations or other construction work performed in apartments, the salesmen and contractors must have home improvement licenses issued by the New York City Department of Consumer ...

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    Attorney Ethical Duties in E-Discovery: It’s Important to Stay Current
    February 26, 2018 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Attorneys are bound by developing ethical rules and duties relating to e-discovery. These rules and duties deserve emphasis because courts, and clients, are increasingly concerned about the manner in which attorneys conduct discovery and, ...

    Media Mentions
    PNAS asks D.C. court to dismiss $10 million defamation lawsuit
    February 23, 2018 / Retraction Watch

    Paul Thaler is quoted in the Retraction Watch article “PNAS asks D.C. court to dismiss $10 million defamation lawsuit,” in his capacity as counsel for Mark Jacobson. WASHINGTON, DC — Lawyers for the National Academy of Sciences have ...

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    Scientific Row over Renewables Leads to Free Speech Legal Fight
    February 15, 2018 / Earth & Space Science News

    Cohen Seglias partner Paul Thaler is quoted in the Earth & Space Science News article, ” Scientific Row over Renewables Leads to Free Speech Legal Fight”, in regards to his representation of  Mark Z. Jacobson. After a leading ...

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    Q&A with Kathleen Garrity
    February 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 1

    The marketing department recently sat down with the Firm’s new Chief Operating Officer, Kathleen Garrity. While Kathleen has been with the Firm for four years as Executive Director, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer effective January 1, ...

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    Has the Government “Waived” Goodbye to Strict Compliance with Your Contract Specifications?
    February 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 1

    Good news for federal construction contractors: a recent Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (Board) decision confirmed that waiver defenses can defeat government demands for strict compliance with contract requirements. On December 19, 2017, ...

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    Strategies for Buying or Selling Construction Materials
    February 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 1

    Virtually every transaction for the sale of construction materials involves an exchange of the contracting parties’ respective terms and conditions, along with several documents including credit applications, price quotes, purchase orders, order ...

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    What Every Contractor Needs to Know About Withdrawal Liability
    February 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 1

    If you are a union contractor, you are probably making contributions to one or more union pension funds every month. These pension funds, known as multi-employer pension plans (MEPs), rely on a number of employers paying their share toward a common ...

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    One Year Later: An Update on the PA Construction Notices Directory
    February 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 1

    In what seems like the blink of an eye, 2017 is already gone. One of the biggest changes to the Pennsylvania construction industry is now over a year old. That’s right, the Pennsylvania Construction Notices Directory—the state-operated ...

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    What’s New
    February 1, 2018 / Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 1

    Brief Note: We hope that you are having a productive start to the new year. In this issue, you will learn some useful strategies for buying and selling construction materials and receive an update on the Pennsylvania Construction Notices Directory. ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2018 Volume 1
    February 1, 2018

    In this issue, you will learn some useful strategies for buying and selling construction materials and receive an update on the Pennsylvania Construction Notices Directory.

    Publications
    A Shifting Landscape in Our Nation’s Labor Law 2017 Went Out With a Bang
    February 1, 2018 / Utility & Transportation Contractor

    In my 20 years representing contractors – union and nonunion alike – I feel the pain that many have felt, especially in recent years, over decisions that have been handed down by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). Before we go any ...

    Blog Posts
    Breastfeeding Discrimination Banned by Pivotal Amendment to NJLAD
    January 24, 2018 / Construction Law Now

    Breastfeeding is now a protected act and category under New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”). Employers are prohibited from discriminating against an employee in compensation, hiring, or firing because they breastfeed. ...

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    “Best Value” Procurement Takes Hold in Philadelphia: What it Means for the Construction Industry
    January 22, 2018 / Construction Law Now

    Traditionally, public agencies have awarded construction contracts via the “lowest responsible bidder” procurement method, where bidders submit sealed bids and contracts are awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. However, a number of ...

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    A Response to the #MeToo Movement: NJ Bill Tightens Position on Employment Agreements
    January 9, 2018 / Construction Law Now

    Last month a bill was introduced to the New Jersey State Assembly (A-5287) by Assemblymen John McKeon (Essex and Morris) and Jon Bramnick (Morris, Somerset, and Union) that would bar provisions in employment contracts that waive any substantive or ...

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    What In-House Counsel Must Know About the Revised Corporate Enforcement Policy
    January 2, 2018 / The Legal Intelligencer

    On Nov. 29, 2017, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a revised Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Corporate Enforcement Policy. The new policy contains a clear roadmap for avoiding corporate criminal liability that corporate counsel ...

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    Will the Trump Administration’s attempts at environmental deregulation mean anything in Pennsylvania?
    January 1, 2018 / Catalyst Magazine

    The answer to this question depends on the outcome of next year’s gubernatorial election. Upon taking office, President Donald Trump issued two executive orders designed to implement what his former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon described ...

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    Condo Co-Op Help Line: Preparing for Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines in New York City
    January 1, 2018 / Mann Report Management

    The United States may have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord, but the issues of climate change remain topical. Indeed, New York State and New York City are among the U.S. jurisdictions that are working within the Paris framework, the U.S. ...

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    PA Residential Landlords Beware!
    December 29, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    Pennsylvania Court Adds ‘Last Month’s Rent’ to Definition of ‘Security Deposit’ As most residential landlords know, the Pennsylvania Landlord and Tenant Act (the “Act”) contains comprehensive and complicated ...

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    New IRS Partnership Audit Rules Take Effect Jan 1: What You Need to Know
    December 21, 2017 / Cohen Seglias

    On January 1, 2018, the rules and procedures relating to IRS audits of partnerships, including those limited liability companies taxed as partnerships, (for purposes here, collectively, the “Partnerships”) will change. The Bipartisan Budget Act ...

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    New IRS Partnership Audit Rules Take Effect Jan 1: What You Need to Know
    December 21, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    On January 1, 2018, the rules and procedures relating to IRS audits of partnerships, including those limited liability companies taxed as partnerships, (for purposes here, collectively, the “Partnerships”) will change. The Bipartisan Budget Act ...

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    ‘Tis the Season for Employers: NLRB Reverses Course with Four Key Rulings
    December 19, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    For employers, the tide is making its long awaited turn in our nation’s capital at the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). Last week, the NLRB reversed precedent on four significant rules that were widely viewed as favorable to unions and ...

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    How to Form a Productive Partnership While Safeguarding your Interests and Protecting your Small Business Eligibility
    December 17, 2017 / Building Entrepreneur

    In today’s Federal contracting market, a growing number of government contracts are set-aside for various types of small businesses. It’s no surprise that, in this highly competitive environment, cooperative contractor relationships – ...

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    Avoiding the Common Pitfalls of Teaming
    December 16, 2017 / Building Entrepreneur

    Teaming is one of the hottest topics in Federal contracting – and for good reason. Whether you are a small business looking to expand your capabilities, or a large business looking for access to set-aside contracts, teaming can greatly expand your ...

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    Tips for Safeguarding Your Small-Business Program Eligibility
    December 15, 2017 / Building Entrepreneur

    It’s no surprise that in today’s market, with a growing number of Federal government contracts set-aside for various types of small businesses, teaming relationships are increasingly popular. Large contractors like teaming because it provides ...

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    Teaming vs. Joint Venturing
    December 15, 2017 / Building Entrepreneur

    In today’s Federal contracting market, a growing number of government contracts are set-aside for various types of small businesses. It’s no surprise that, in this highly competitive environment, cooperative contractor relationships – ...

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    Critical Changes in Small Business Regulations
    December 15, 2017 / APTAC Connection

    Maria Panichelli and Ed DeLisle presented this information as a breakout session at APTAC’s 2017 Fall Training Conference. APTAC is grateful for their willingness to submit it as an article, so that our entire membership can benefit. In 2016, the ...

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    2017 Holiday Toy Drive
    December 1, 2017

    Cohen Seglias is proud to continue our tradition of supporting worthy causes during the 2017 holiday season. Each year the Firm brings holiday joy to less fortunate children locally and nationally through our annual toy drive. Toy donations and ...

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    Cohen Seglias Ranked by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” Philadelphia Metropolitan List
    December 1, 2017

    We are pleased to announce that U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ranked the Firm to the 2018 “Best Law Firms” Philadelphia Metropolitan list. Cohen Seglias received Tier 1 recognition in Construction Law and Litigation – Construction, Tier 2 ...

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    Common Mistakes For Contractors to Avoid: Labor and Employment Law
    December 1, 2017 / Utility & Transportation Contractor

    Having been a labor and employment lawyer for the last 20 years, it’s fair to say that I’ve been around the block a few times. I’ve represented hundreds of contractors, and I’ve seen them make the same mistakes, again and again. This article ...

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    One Final Reminder: OSHA Electronic Records Submission Deadline December 15, 2017
    November 17, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    UPDATE: On November 22, 2017, OSHA announced that it moved the electronic reporting deadline for 2016 data and information from December 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. The following blog post has been updated to reflect this change. No other parts of ...

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    Marian Kornilowicz Re-Elected as Vice President of the Jagiellonian Law Society
    November 14, 2017

    Philadelphia, PA – November 14, 2017 – Cohen Seglias partner Marian A. Kornilowicz has been re-elected as vice president of the Jagiellonian Law Society. Mr. Kornilowicz is Chair of Cohen Seglias’ Business Transactions and Real Estate ...

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    First Department of New York Loosens the Standard for “Piercing the Corporate Veil”
    November 6, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    One of the general and principal benefits of incorporating a business entity is limited liability; the owners of a corporation are not liable for the corporation’s actions or debts. There are, however, exceptions. One of the exceptions is the ...

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    Third Circuit Determines That Employers Must Compensate Employees for Rest Breaks of 20 Minutes or Less
    November 1, 2017 / Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 4

    In a recent decision, the Third Circuit concluded that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to compensate employees for all rest breaks of twenty minutes or less. By way of background, employer American Future Systems, d/b/a ...

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    Still “Up in the Air”: More Drones and More Regulations
    November 1, 2017 / Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 4

    Drone use — as predicted — has grown more prevalent throughout the U.S. commercial marketplace and especially the construction industry. Last year, an estimated 2.5 million drones were sold in the United States, and approximately 670,000 drones ...

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    The Buy American Act: Are You Compliant?
    November 1, 2017 / Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 4

    The federal government has a long-standing pref­erence for incorporating domestic materials and products into public construction projects. While a number of statutes and regulations promote this policy, the Buy American Act of 1933 (BAA) is the ...

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    NJ Supreme Court Redefines When Construction Defect Claims Accrue
    November 1, 2017 / Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 4

    In light of a recent decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court, individuals and entities owning recently constructed or renovated properties should take extra caution to ensure that they pursue any construction defect claims within the six-year ...

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    What’s New
    November 1, 2017 / Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 4

    Brief Note: In this issue, we cover the complex drone regulations contractors face and invite you to learn more about the Buy American Act and how it affects your construction projects. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year! Ashling ...

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    Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 4
    November 1, 2017

    In this issue, we cover the complex drone regulations contractors face and invite you to learn more about the Buy American Act and how it affects your construction projects.

    Announcements
    October 2017 Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Build Day
    October 20, 2017

    On October 11, volunteers from our Philadelphia and New York offices spent the day with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia at their Diamond Park build site. Our volunteer team consisting of Dan Fierstein, Kate Gleason, Spencer Hauck, Megan ...

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    What Every Contractor Needs to Know About Withdrawal Liability
    October 5, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    This article was originally published in the 2017 edition of the Utility and Transportation Contractor Association’s Magazine. If you are a union contractor, you are probably making contributions into one or more union pension funds every ...

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    Contractors: Protect your Investment in Materials
    October 2, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    Have you ever been in a situation where your subcontractor or fabricator did not have the financial ability to purchase material needed for a project? Have you ever offered your assistance by way of either directly purchasing the material and ...

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    2017 Philadelphia Heart Walk
    October 1, 2017

    For the second year in a row, Cohen Seglias is participating in the Philadelphia Heart Walk. On November 4th, friends and family are welcome to join our team at Citizens Bank Park. The Firm’s goal is to raise money to support the American ...

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    Crane Damages, Even Reduced, Still Could Be a ‘Game-Changer’
    September 13, 2017 / New York Law Journal

    Partner Carol Sigmond was quoted in the September 13, 2017 New York Law Journal article “Crane Damages, Even Reduced, Still Could Be a ‘Game-Changer’.” A Manhattan appeals court has more than cut in half the wrongful ...

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    ‘The Key to Not Getting Sued’ and Other Tales from a Foremost
    September 12, 2017 / Report on Research Compliance

    Cohen Seglias partner Paul Thaler was interviewed at the Office of Research Integrity 2017 Conference by Report on Research Compliance. Their piece on him, “‘The Key to Not Getting Sued’ and Other Tales from a Foremost Misconduct ...

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    Construction Warranties
    September 1, 2017 / Pennsylvania Construction Law: Getting Started, Getting Covered and Getting Paid

    When an owner or developer provides detailed design documents to a construction contractor and requires that the contractor build in accordance with those design documents, it has long been held that the owner impliedly warrants to the contractor ...

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    A New Decade Dawns for AIA Contracts
    August 22, 2017 / The Legal Intelligencer

    For the construction law bar, the ubiquitous and widespread use of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) contracts by public entities, developers, owners, contractors and architects all but assures their continued presence in ...

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    Still “Up in the Air”: More Drones and More Regulations
    August 16, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    In a previous post, we wrote about drones (which are more formally referred to as “unmanned aircraft systems” or UAS), as well as the nascent federal and state statutory and regulatory framework. Since our last article, drone use – as ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers® in America List
    August 15, 2017

    We are pleased to announce that five Cohen Seglias attorneys have been included in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, in four practice areas: Ed ...

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    What Every Contractor Needs to Know About Withdrawal Liability
    August 14, 2017 / Utility & Transportation Contractor

    If you are a union contractor, you are probably making contributions into one or more union pension funds every month. These pension funds, known as multi-employer pension plans (MEPs), rely on a number of employers paying their share toward a ...

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    Condo Co-Op Help Line: Lease Appurtenances
    August 1, 2017 / Mann Report Management

    From time to time, cooperative and condominium boards have issues with commercial tenants over lease appurtenances. Often this issue arises in conjunction with disputes among the cooperative or condominium board and the commercial unit owner and its ...

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    Five Tips for Successfully Drafting Pa. Legislation
    August 1, 2017 / The Legal Intelligencer

    I have never met an attorney who did not believe that he was perfectly capable of drafting legislation. This confidence may come from a mastery of the case law governing the subject matter of the ­proposed legislation. Or perhaps it derives from ...

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    What’s New
    August 1, 2017 / Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 3

    Brief Note: Greetings from the Editorial Team at Construction in Brief! We are excited to introduce our new Partner, Cheryl Santaniello, who just joined the Business Transactions Group in Delaware. In the Wilmington Office Q&A, you will learn ...

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    “Best Value” Procurement Comes to Philadelphia
    August 1, 2017 / Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 3

    On May 16, 2017, Philadelphia voters approved a ballot measure amending the Home Rule Charter (the Amendment) to allow the City to enter into contracts for certain goods and services based on “best value.” Best value contracting is the practice ...

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    Contractors Beware! Other States Workers’ Compensation Insurance Endorsement Does Not Mean All States
    August 1, 2017 / Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 3

    With limited exceptions, nearly all states require that contractors purchase workers’ compensation insurance when performing work in that state. That seems simple enough, right? There are, however, at least 52 different sets of workers’ ...

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    Federal Court Bars Public Owner from Arbitrarily Labeling Bidder “Not Responsible”
    August 1, 2017 / Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 3

    Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit limited the ability of a public entity to arbitrarily (1) declare that a low-bidder on a project is “not responsible,” and (2) award a contract to the next-lowest bidder. In the ...

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    New Decade, Small Changes: A Few Highlights from the 2017 AIA Contract Documents
    August 1, 2017 / Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 3

    Every ten years, the American Institute of Architects (the AIA) revises the standard AIA Contract Documents to account for developments in the construction industry and changes in the law. 2017 marks the latest AIA Contract document update, with the ...

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    Q&A with the Wilmington Office
    August 1, 2017 / Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 3

    Our marketing department recently sat down with the partners in our Wilmington office, including its new addition, Cheryl Santaniello. Q: Tell us a little about Cohen Seglias in Wilmington. A: Ed — We opened the office in 2003, primarily to serve ...

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    Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 3
    August 1, 2017

    We are excited to introduce our new Business Transactions Partner, Cheryl Santaniello. In the Wilmington Office Q&A, learn about the experience she offers the Firm’s clients.

    Media Mentions
    Updated: Why Would a University Pay a Scientist Found Guilty of Misconduct to Leave?
    July 31, 2017 / Science

    Cohen Seglias partner Paul Thaler weighed in on the “honest error” defense for researchers involved in misconduct proceedings for the Science article, “Why would a university pay a scientist found guilty of misconduct to ...

    Blog Posts
    Mechanical & Service Contractors Association: Killer Contract Clauses for Construction & Service
    July 24, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    On July 26th join Cohen Seglias attorneys Matt Gioffre and Dan Fierstein for their seminar, “Killer Contract Clauses for Construction & Service” for the Mechanical & Service Contractors Association (M&SCA) in Blue ...

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    KY Contractors Can Now Assert Claims for Negligent Misrepresentation Against an Architect Despite Absence of a Contract
    July 24, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    Design professionals doing business in Kentucky beware: the Kentucky Court of Appeals recently held that a contractor may pursue a negligent misrepresentation claim against an architect for delays to a project resulting from allegedly defective ...

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    The Buy American Act: Are You Compliant?
    July 15, 2017 / BreakingGround

    The federal government has a long-standing pref­erence for incorporating domestic materials and products into public construction projects. While a number of statutes and regulations promote this policy, the Buy American Act of 1933 (BAA) is the ...

    Media Mentions
    Towns in Quandary Over Christie Order on Road Construction
    July 8, 2017 / Delaware Online

    Cohen Seglias Managing Partner, George Pallas, was quoted in the Delaware Online article, “Towns in quandary over Christie order on road construction.” As road construction crews across New Jersey prepared to leave work Friday – ...

    Announcements
    Pittsburgh Office 2017 Habitat Build Day
    July 1, 2017

    On July 13, the Cohen Seglias volunteer team from our Pittsburgh office, consisting of Lori Wisniewski Azzara, Emily Lane, Brian Lawton, Jim McGraw, Jim McNally, and Lisa Wampler, joined Habitat for Humanity Pittsburgh at their build site in ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Selected to the 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List
    June 30, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    We are pleased to announce that eleven Cohen Seglias attorneys were selected to this year’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list and eight attorneys to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list in the areas of Construction Litigation, Government ...

    Media Mentions
    Career Derailed, Ex-Prof to Sue Montana State for Wrongful Termination
    June 15, 2017 / Retraction Watch

    Cohen Seglias Partner Paul Thaler was quoted in the Retraction Watch article, “Career derailed, ex-prof to sue Montana State for wrongful termination.” The article is available on the Retraction Watch website.

    Announcements
    Pittsburgh Office Managing Partner Lisa Wampler Named 2017 Distinguished Leader
    June 9, 2017

    Cohen Seglias is pleased to announce that Lisa Wampler has been named a 2017 Distinguished Leader by The Legal Intelligencer. This inaugural award recognizes Pennsylvania-based lawyers who achieved impressive results in the past year and ...

    Blog Posts
    Delaware Valley Green Building Council Lunch & Learn: Liability in Green Building
    June 8, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    Liability in Green Building On June 13th, join Lane Kelman and Jennifer Budd for their Delaware Valley Green Building Council Lunch & Learn on liability in green building. The Lunch & Learn will be held at the Philadelphia office of ...

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    Cohen Seglias Ranked in Chambers USA 2017
    June 1, 2017

    We are proud to announce that Chambers & Partners has again recognized our Construction and Labor & Employment Groups in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA, the preeminent legal ranking of attorneys and law firms. Additionally, Chambers ...

    Media Mentions
    Monongahela Judge Defends Conduct, Would Accept ‘Judicial Diversion’
    May 22, 2017 / Herald - Standard

    Cohen Seglias Partner Chris Carusone was interviewed by Pat Cloonan for the Herald-Standard article, “Monongahela judge defends conduct, would accept ‘judicial diversion’.” Monongahela Magisterial District Judge Mark A. Wilson ...

    Announcements
    2017 Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Building HOPE Luncheon
    May 15, 2017

    On May 4th, Cohen Seglias kicked off its 2017 partnership with Habitat for Humanity at their annual Building HOPE Luncheon as a Block Builder sponsor. This year’s Luncheon successfully raised a record-breaking amount of $420,823 to keep ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Selected to the 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List
    May 12, 2017

    We are pleased to announce that eleven Cohen Seglias attorneys were selected to the 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list and eight attorneys to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list in the areas of Construction Litigation, Government Contracts, ...

    Publications
    The Uncertain Future of Website Compliance Standards Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
    May 8, 2017 / Harrisburg Commercial Real Estate Review

    Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is commonly understood to set forth basic nondiscrimination requirements prohibiting the exclusion, segregation, and unequal treatment of individuals with disabilities. These requirements apply ...

    Media Mentions
    Ecologist Loses Appeal for Whistleblower Protection
    May 5, 2017 / Retraction Watch

    Cohen Seglias Partner Paul Thaler was quoted in the Retraction Watch article, “Ecologist loses appeal for whistleblower protection.” Paul commented on the recent decision by the National Science Foundation. The article is available ...

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    Window Washing Liability
    May 1, 2017 / Mann Report Management

    Over the years, there has been debate as to whether the New York State Scaffolding Law (Labor Law §240) applies to window washers working in high-rise residential buildings. The better view is that it does. The New York Scaffolding Law dates from ...

    Announcements
    Philadelphia Spring 2017 Habitat Build Day
    May 1, 2017

    On May 31st, the Cohen Seglias volunteer team consisting of Kelly Bridgeford, Carl Engel, Alicia Meintel, Olivia Paris-Kornilowicz, Gary Repke, Jacqueline Ryan, Zachary Sanders, and our three 2017 summer associates, Gerald Baldino, Sydney Pierce, ...

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    What’s New
    May 1, 2017 / Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 2

    Brief Note: Greetings from the Editorial Team at Construction in Brief! We are excited to share some insights into our growing Internal Investigations practice with a Q&A featuring Co-Chairs Paul Thaler and Chris Carusone. In this issue, we ...

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    General Contractor’s Bankruptcy Voids New Jersey Construction Liens
    May 1, 2017 / Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 2

    As a contractor seeking payment on a construction project, one of the greatest weapons in your arsenal is a construction lien or mechanics’ lien claim. In most states, the lien is a security interest that attaches to the owner’s real estate and ...

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    Protecting Your Digital Property for Future Generations
    May 1, 2017 / Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 2

    As the world becomes more virtual, so do our assets. The list of digital property is ever growing, as is its value. These assets include social media profiles, intellectual property, smartphones, emails, credit card points, airline miles, timeshare ...

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    Appellate Court Cautions Contractors to Supplement Coverage for PA Projects
    May 1, 2017 / Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 2

    New Jersey contractors were served a reminder this spring that when taking on a project in Pennsylvania, they will need to supplement their commercial general liability (CGL) policies if they expect to have insurance coverage to indemnify them ...

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    When Was Your Last Date of Work — Are You Sure?
    May 1, 2017 / Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 2

    While garnering less attention than the recent amendments to the Pennsylvania Lien Law, recent court decisions on both sides of the Delaware show that the failure to identify the proper date of last work can result in the forfeiture of valuable lien ...

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    Q&A with the Co-Chairs of Our Internal Investigations Group
    May 1, 2017 / Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 2

    Our newsletter team recently sat down with Co-Chairs Christopher D. Carusone and Paul S. Thaler. Q: Tell us a little bit about your practice. A: Chris — I conduct internal investigations for the Firm’s clients on a broad range of matters. My ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 2
    May 1, 2017

    We are excited to share some insights into our growing Internal Investigations practice with a Q&A featuring Co-Chairs Paul Thaler and Chris Carusone.

    Announcements
    Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2017
    April 27, 2017

    On April 27th, Cohen Seglias welcomed the Firm’s children to the office for its third annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Organized and led by the Firm’s HR Manager, Monica Lavin, and Marketing Director, Kerstin Isaacs, the ...

    Media Mentions
    “Existence and Motive to Retaliate:” Judge Hands Victory to Whistleblower Scientist
    April 27, 2017 / Retraction Watch

    Cohen Seglias partner Paul Thaler provided his reaction to a recent opinion concerning a whistleblower for the April 24, 2017 Retraction Watch article, “‘Existence and motive to retaliate:’ Judge hands victory to ...

    Publications
    Corporate Counsel and Trump’s Regulatory Reform Agenda
    April 25, 2017 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Since taking office on Jan. 20, President Donald Trump has ­issued two executive orders designed to implement what his chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon has described as “deconstruction of the administrative state.” While ...

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    How will recent legislative and regulatory developments in Harrisburg affect the natural gas industry?
    April 17, 2017 / Catalyst Magazine

    How will recent legislative and regulatory developments in Harrisburg affect the natural gas industry? There has been a flurry of legislative and regulatory activity in recent weeks affecting the energy industry in Pennsylvania — some of it good ...

    Media Mentions
    EXCLUSIVE: Center City law firm dissolves after 43 years of operation
    April 4, 2017 / Philadelphia Business Journal

    Cohen Seglias Partner Ed Seglias was quoted in the Philadelphia Business Journal article, “EXCLUSIVE: Center City law firm dissolves after 43 years of operation.” Construction law firm Jacoby Donner has disbanded after 43 years of ...

    Media Mentions
    NJ Properly Awarded Sandy Project, Appeals Panel Says
    March 30, 2017 / Law360

    Cohen Seglias attorneys George Pallas and Kathleen Morley were mentioned in the Law360 article, “NJ Properly Awarded Sandy Project, Appeals Panel Says,” in regards to their representation of J. Fletcher Creamer & Son ...

    Media Mentions
    Predicting Boom, Pa. Firms Build Up Construction Practices
    March 24, 2017 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Cohen Seglias Partner Ed Seglias was quoted in The Legal Intelligencer article, “Predicting Boom, Pa. Firms Build Up Construction Practices,” in regards to the recent growth of the firm’s construction practice. Pennsylvania ...

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    Adams v. Hellings Builders, Inc.: PA Superior Court holds that a homebuilder can be liable for representations made in its promotional materials
    March 1, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    In Pennsylvania, it is well-established that a homeowner can assert claims for fraud and violation of Pennsylvania’s consumer protection statute – the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (“UTPCPL”) – ...

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    Reducing the Risk of Corporate Criminal Liability
    February 21, 2017 / The Legal Intelligencer

    In the fall of 2016, the U.S. Sentencing Commission published the results of its study on the federal ­prosecution of corporations and other organizational ­offenders. The results of that study, based on sentencing data for the calendar year 2015, ...

    Publications
    Protecting Your Digital Property for Future Generations
    February 14, 2017 / The Legal Intelligencer

    As the world becomes more virtual, so do our assets. The list of digital property is ever growing, as is its value. These assets include social media profiles, intellectual property, smartphones, emails, credit card points, airline miles, timeshare ...

    Blog Posts
    It’s Official: PA Construction Notices Directory Is Up and Running
    February 10, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    By now, you have probably heard enough from us about the new changes to the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law. If a newsletter article and several blog posts were not enough, here is one more reminder that the long-anticipated Pennsylvania ...

    Media Mentions
    For Law Firms, Higher Ed Probes Mean Opportunity—And Risk
    February 6, 2017 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Cohen Seglias Partners Paul Thaler and Chris Carusone were interviewed by Lizzy McLellan for her Legal Intelligencer article, “For Law Firms, Higher Ed Probes Mean Opportunity—And Risk”, and discussed the opportunities and risks ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Announces New Partners
    February 1, 2017

    Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, a law firm that represents corporate clients, midsized privately held businesses, and construction-related companies, has announced the promotion of Lori Wisniewski Azzara and Maria Panichelli to ...

    Publications
    East Midtown Rezoning Proposal
    February 1, 2017 / Mann Report Management

    If you’re like most New Yorkers, you consider zoning a set of regulations and policies that are honored only in the breach, if at all. The only result of zoning seems to be to drive up density to the point that sidewalks are unable to handle ...

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    A New World Order?
    February 1, 2017 / Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 1

    In the wake of November’s elections, just about the only thing that Washington can agree on is a pervasive sense of uncertainty about the future, which includes the direction of government regulation. The fact that many of the new agency heads and ...

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    The Uncertain Future of Website Compliance Standards Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
    February 1, 2017 / Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 1

    Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is commonly understood to set forth basic nondiscrimination requirements prohibiting the exclusion, segregation, and unequal treatment of individuals with disabilities. These requirements ...

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    Big Changes to the PA Lien Law Took Effect in 2017
    February 1, 2017 / Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 1

    By now, you may have already heard from us about the amendments to the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law, but it is time for an update since they are now in effect. We have explained the changes in depth in prior issues of this newsletter and on ...

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    More Paperwork for Demolition Contractors Working in Philadelphia
    February 1, 2017 / Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 1

    In the wake of a 2013 deadly building collapse on Market Street in Philadelphia, the Department of Licenses and Inspections for the City of Philadelphia (L&I) overhauled its permit, inspection, training and enforcement procedures and ...

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    Q&A with Our New Partners
    February 1, 2017 / Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 1

    Our newsletter team recently sat down with new partners Lori Wisniewski Azzara and Maria L. Panichelli. Q: How did you get started in construction, given that few women lawyers focus on this industry? A: Lori — During law school, I worked at a ...

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    What’s New
    February 1, 2017 / Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 1

    Brief Note Greetings from the Editorial Team at Construction in Brief! We are excited to introduce our new Partners, Lori Wisniewski Azzara and Maria Panichelli. In the New Partner Q&A, you will get a chance to learn about their practices at the ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2017 Volume 1
    February 1, 2017

    We are excited to introduce our new Partners, Lori Wisniewski Azzara and Maria Panichelli. In the New Partner Q&A, you will get a chance to learn about their practices at the Firm.

    Blog Posts
    Philadelphia Becomes First City to Prohibit Employers from Inquiring About Prospective Employees’ Past Earnings
    February 1, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law a wage equity ordinance that makes it unlawful for an employer in the city of Philadelphia to ask about the wage history of a prospective employee at any stage of the hiring process. ...

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    Five Common Misconceptions About The Yates Memo
    January 31, 2017 / The Corporate Counsel

    Much has been written over the last sixteen months interpreting the shift in U.S. Justice Department policy placing greater emphasis on individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing in federal civil and criminal enforcement proceedings. ...

    Media Mentions
    Federal Game Changers: Recent Changes in Government Contract Laws
    January 23, 2017

    On January 23 Cohen Seglias Partner Maria Panichelli joined the Federal Game Changers podcast for their episode “Recent Changes in Government Contract Laws”. In this episode, they discuss Recent Changes in Government Contract Laws. ...

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    New York Case Reminds Us That Some Courts Take Notice Provisions Very Seriously
    January 6, 2017 / Construction Law Now

    A New York appellate court issued a decision in 2016 that serves as an important reminder to all tiers of the construction industry: courts take the notice provisions in your construction contracts very seriously. In the Schindler Elevator Corp. v. ...

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    Practical Considerations for Construction Projects Under the New York City Noise Code
    January 1, 2017 / Mann Report Management

    New York City is a noisy place, busy with speeding large trucks and seemingly constant construction projects. In an effort to address noise in general, the City Council established a noise code with some special rules for construction projects. The ...

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    Five Crucial Mistakes to Avoid During Pa. Administrative Litigation
    December 29, 2016 / The Legal Intelligencer

    For attorneys who routinely litigate matters adverse to federal and state government agencies, sometimes ­referred to as government and regulatory law, the trend has been easy to see. Over the last half century or so, the U.S. Supreme Court has ...

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    Sun Sets On Civilian Task Order Protests
    December 19, 2016 / Westlaw Journal Government Contract

    EXPERT ANALYSIS In a recent decision, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) disappointingly, if unsurprisingly, confirmed that it no longer has jurisdiction to hear protests against a task order issued by a civilian agency. First, a bit ...

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    Opinion: The Scientist’s Scarlet Letter
    December 16, 2016 / The Scientist

    It was not until the Supreme Court decided a case concerning marital contraception that the right to privacy became a legally cognizable interest sanctioned by the United States. In 1965, the landmark ruling in Griswold v. Connecticut (381 U.S. ...

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    PA Construction Notices Directory Goes Live December 31, 2016
    December 8, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    The new — and much anticipated — Pennsylvania State Construction Notices Directory (“Directory”) is expected to go live this December 31. With this rollout, the PA legislature will have established a statewide directory system for ...

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    Cohen Seglias Elects New Managing Partner
    December 6, 2016 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Cohen Seglias Partners Roy Cohen, Jason Copley, and George Pallas along with the Firm’s Executive Director Kathleen Garrity were interviewed by Lizzy McLellan for her Legal Intelligencer article, “Cohen Seglias Elects New Managing ...

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    George Pallas Named Firm Wide Managing Partner of Cohen Seglias
    December 6, 2016

    Philadelphia, PA, December 6th, 2016 – Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, a law firm that represents corporate clients, midsized privately held businesses, and construction related companies, has announced that George Pallas will ...

    Media Mentions
    How Insurance Can Protect Against Fair Housing Cases Created By Criminal Background Checks
    December 5, 2016 / units - the Magazine of the National Apartment Association

    Cohen Seglias Partner Steve Williams is quoted in the December 2016 units Magazine article by Katie Gouldner, “How Insurance Can Protect Against Fair Housing Cases Created By Criminal Background Checks”. The full article is ...

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    A Deal on New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund: What Does it Mean for Affected Contractors?
    November 30, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    As a follow-up to our July post on New Jersey state budget problems threatening public construction projects, the political fight over funding New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund (“TTF”) finally ended on September 30, 2016. ...

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    Cohen Seglias 2016 Holiday Toy Drive
    November 30, 2016

    Cohen Seglias continues its tradition of supporting worthy causes during the holiday season. Each year the Firm brings holiday joy to less fortunate children locally and nationally through our annual toy drive. Toy donations and monetary ...

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    Cohen Seglias Raises Over $20K for the 2016 Heart Walk
    November 28, 2016

    Cohen Seglias has always been committed to improving the heart health and overall wellness of our employees and their families, and this year we took it one step further by joining with the American Heart Association to fight Heart Disease and ...

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    Federal Judge Blocks DOL Overtime Rule
    November 23, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    On November 21, 2016, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of  Labor’s new overtime rule, which sought to expand the obligations of employers to pay overtime by, among other things, doubling the ...

    Media Mentions
    Cuomo’s Commitment to Clemency Tested in 3 Murder Cases
    November 22, 2016 / The New York Times

    Cohen Seglias Partner Carol Sigmond was quoted in Jim Dwyer’s November 22nd New York Times article, “Cuomo’s Commitment to Clemency Tested in 3 Murder Cases”. Carol was interviewed as a follow-up to previous quotes she provided for ...

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    Cohen Seglias Ranked in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” List
    November 2, 2016

    We are pleased to announce that Cohen Seglias has been named by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in their 2017 “Best Law Firms” list. The Firm was recognized locally for Metropolitan Philadelphia in the practice areas of Arbitration, ...

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    Construction Defects
    November 1, 2016 / Mann Report Management

    Construction defects are the bane of existence for all property owners, including boards of directors/managers of cooperative apartment buildings and condominiums. Defects may arise at the outset in a new building or in renovations or maintenance ...

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    Q&A with Our New York Office
    November 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 4

    Our newsletter team recently sat down with the members of our New York office. Q: Tell us a little about Cohen Seglias in New York. A: George — This is an exciting time for the Firm. We have served clients in New York for a long time, but we are ...

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    New Overtime Requirements Put on Hold by Nationwide Injunction
    November 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 4

    On November 21, 2016, a federal district judge issued a nationwide injunction blocking the implementation of the new overtime regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Labor that was set to take effect on December 1, 2016. The regulation would ...

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    Green Building Contracts: Key Issues to Consider
    November 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 4

    No longer labeled a fad, green building holds an established place in the construction industry. Green building refers to designing and constructing buildings that consider impacts on the environment and the community, such as energy use, ...

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    NJ Supreme Court Gets It Right! Consequential Damages Caused by Subcontractors’ Defective Construction Work Is Insured
    November 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 4

    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s August 4, 2016 decision in Cypress Point Condominium Association, Inc. v. Adria Towers, LLC opened the door for general contractors to obtain insurance coverage under their commercial general liability (CGL) ...

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    Good News for Contractors: Right to Cure Performance Upheld in Milton Regional Sewer Authority v. Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. of America
    November 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 4

    In April of this year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit addressed the question of when, under Pennsylvania law, an owner may ignore a right-to-cure provision in terminating a construction contract and assert a claim against ...

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    What’s New
    November 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 4

    Brief Note: Greetings from the Editorial Team at Construction in Brief! We are excited to share the news that George Pallas will be our new Managing Partner. Don’t miss the New York Office Q&A, where he discusses the expansion of the Firm’s ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 4
    November 1, 2016

    We are excited to share the news that George Pallas will be our new Managing Partner. Don’t miss the New York Office Q&A, where he discusses the expansion of the Firm’s footprint.

    Media Mentions
    City Bar Groups Wary of Proposed 18B Change
    October 21, 2016 / New York Law Journal

    Cohen Seglias Partner Carol Sigmond was interviewed by Jeff Storey for his New York Law Journal piece, “City Bar Groups Wary of Proposed 18B Change.” The full article is available on the New York Law Journal website. New York City ...

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    Philadelphia Heart Walk 2016
    October 14, 2016

    Cohen Seglias has always been committed to improving the heart health and overall wellness of our employees and their families. This year we are taking it one step further by joining with the American Heart Association to fight Heart Disease and ...

    Media Mentions
    CrossFit can sue over error in paper it claims cost the brand millions
    October 11, 2016 / Retraction Watch

    Cohen Seglias Partner Paul Thaler was interviewed by Trevor L. Stokes for the Retraction Watch article “CrossFit can sue over error in paper it claims cost the brand millions”. The full article is available on the Retraction ...

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    PA. Diocese Abuse Investigations ‘Historic,’ Advocates Say
    October 1, 2016 / York Daily Record

    Partner Chris Carusone was interviewed as an expert in grand jury practice and procedure for the York Daily Record article “Pa. diocese abuse investigations ‘historic,’ advocates say.” Chris explained how grand jury ...

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    The Second 2016 Habitat Build Day
    October 1, 2016

    On October 21, 2016, the Cohen Seglias volunteer team, consisting of Shawn Farrell, Scott Earle, Joshua Brand, Kerstin Isaacs, Diane Gardner, Olivia Paris-Kornilowicz, Ellen Keiffer, Melinda Norcross, Cheryl Urmy, and Stacy Wert, joined Habitat for ...

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    The Early Contractor Gets the Worm: The Active Process of Preserving Construction Claims
    September 13, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    In the world of construction, the old legal saying “equity aids the vigilant, not those who slumber on their rights” rings true. A weary contractor risks more than an OSHA violation – when a contractor fails to protect its legal ...

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    Update Construction Contracts, Cut Clients’ Risk
    September 12, 2016 / Philadelphia Bar Reporter

    On August 10, 2016, Cohen Seglias Partner Jonathan Cass taught the CLE, “So, Have You Updated Your Construction Contract Forms?” for the Philadelphia Bar Association. His CLE was summarized by Brian P. Libes in the September 2016 ...

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    Scientists investigated for misconduct lose appeal in suit against Harvard. Lawyers explain what it means.
    September 7, 2016 / Retraction Watch

    Partner Paul Thaler was interviewed by Ivan Oransky along with Richard Goldsetin of Meyer, Connolly, Simons & Keuthen LLP for the Retraction Watch article “Scientists investigated for misconduct lose appeal in suit against Harvard. ...

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    Undue Hardship and Physical Accessibility
    September 1, 2016 / Mann Report Management

    In the recent decision Matter of Marine Holdings, LLC v. New York City Commission on Human Rights, 137 A.D.3d U84 (A.D. 2nd Dept. March 30, 2016), the Appellate Division, Second Department, provided valuable guidance for landlords and property ...

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    Vincent Pools v. APS Contractors: Clarifying the Application of New Jersey’s Offer of Judgment Rule in Multi-Defendant, Non-Tort Cases
    September 1, 2016 / NJSBA Construction Law Section Newsletter

    Those familiar with New Jersey practice are well aware that the courts of this state strongly encourage settlements as a matter of public policy because they facilitate the amicable resolution of disputes and lighten the increasing load of ...

    Blog Posts
    NJ Supreme Court Gets it Right! Consequential Damages Caused by a Subcontractor’s Defective Construction Work is Insured
    August 29, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    [Note from the Editor: Due to an inadvertent editing error, omitted from our post entitled NJ Supreme Court Gets It Right! Consequential Damages Caused By A Subcontractor’s Defective Construction Work Is Insured was the fact that the property ...

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    Explaining Key Amendments to the Pa. Mechanics’ Lien Law
    August 16, 2016 / The Legal Intelligencer

    While use of the term “groundbreaking” in a construction law article may want for originality, it is an accurate description for recent amendments to the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law. The amendments—signed into law on Oct. ...

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    FREE Two-Day OSHA 10 Safety Training
    August 16, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    Philadelphia law now requires everyone working at a construction or demolition site to have completed OSHA-10 Safety Training. Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) and the Mid-Atlantic Construction Safety Council ...

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    Contractor Payment Rights on Public Projects affected by PA Supreme Court Decision
    August 15, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    Contractors doing work on publicly-owned projects in Pennsylvania may find it more difficult to recover statutory penalties and attorneys’ fees if the owner withholds funds in bad faith. Pennsylvania’s Procurement Code, which governs ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers® in America List
    August 15, 2016

    We are pleased to announce that five Cohen Seglias attorneys have been included in the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession, in five practice areas: Ed Seglias Litigation ...

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    Cohen Seglias 2016 Summer Associates
    August 9, 2016

    Cohen Seglias was pleased to have Katherine Piazza, Christopher Reese, and Kimberly Saginario join the Philadelphia office as our 2016 Summer Associates. They worked closely with the associates and partners in the Firm’s Construction, ...

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    Condo/Co-op Help Line: Eroding of the Business Judgment Rule
    August 1, 2016 / Mann Report Management

    Over the years, members of boards of directors for condominiums and cooperative apartment buildings have come to believe that the business judgment rule articulated in Levandusky v. One Fifth Ave. Apt. Corp., 75 N.Y.2d 530, 540 (1990) provides ...

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    What’s New
    August 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 3

    Brief Note: Greetings from the Editorial Team at Construction in Brief! We hope you had an enjoyable summer. We are gearing up for an exciting Fall with the opening of our new office in New York. Contractors working on residential projects in New ...

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    Explaining Key Amendments to the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law
    August 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 3

    While use of the term “groundbreaking” in a construction law article may want for originality, it is an accurate description for recent amendments to the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law. The amendments—signed into law on Oct. 14, ...

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    New Jersey Courts Extend the Life of Liability for Condo Contractors
    August 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 3

    In New Jersey, the time period within which a project owner may bring claims for design or construction defects, called the statute of limitations, generally begins upon substantial completion of a project. This means that a contractor or designer ...

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    Can Construction Managers File a Mechanics’ Lien in the District of Columbia?
    August 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 3

    In recent years, a mechanics’ lien claimant who held a contract with an owner on projects in the District of Columbia may have received an unwelcome surprise when attempting to file its mechanics’ lien. If the claimant did not include physical ...

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    Not So Fast! My Oil and Gas Lease Does What?
    August 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 3

    Many property owners lose sight of the fact that an oil and gas lease is a two-way contract. There are many legal duties that the landowner owes to the operator. One duty that is typically overlooked is the title warranty, where the landowner ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 3
    August 1, 2016

    We hope you had an enjoyable summer. We are gearing up for an exciting Fall with the opening of our new office in New York.

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    State Budget Problems Threatening Public Construction Projects: 5 Key Points to Remember
    July 29, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    Over the past year, many states experienced budget crises that threaten public works spending and, in some cases, caused entire project shut downs. In Pennsylvania, a stalemate over the budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 lasted almost nine months, ...

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    New Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program Announced by the SBA
    July 26, 2016 / Cohen Seglias

    The long-awaited Final Rule addressing changes to the Small Business Administration’s Mentor-Protégé program was published in the Federal Register this week. The Mentor-Protégé program that was limited to 8(a) Small Business Concerns has ...

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    The Duhig Rule—Interpretation of Mineral Interest Reservations
    July 25, 2016 / The Legal Intelligencer

    What happens when a deed is unclear and the parties to a transaction involving oil and gas interests are long deceased? How do the heirs to the parties involved resolve their disputes? This is a relevant issue courts and practitioners in ...

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    The Women Who Tread Where Men Still Rule
    July 24, 2016 / Perspectives Magazine

    Cohen Seglias Pittsburgh office Managing Partner, Lisa Wampler, was interviewed by Ann Farmer for the Spring 2016 issue of Perspectives Magazine. Lisa is featured in the article, “The Women Who Tread Where Men Still Rule,” where she ...

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    Evaluating, Challenging Regulatory Overreach in Energy Industry
    July 22, 2016 / Catalyst Magazine

    Chris Carusone’s article, “Evaluating, Challenging Regulatory Overreach in Energy Industry,” was published in the Summer 2016 edition of Catalyst Magazine. Catalyst Magazine is the quarterly publication of the Pennsylvania ...

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    Mistakes to Avoid When Evaluating an Adverse Commonwealth Procurement Decision
    July 19, 2016 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Mark Twain once famously said: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” The same can be said for corporate counsel tasked with evaluating an ...

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    It’s Good to be King: Time to File a Lawsuit Does Not Run Against the Pennsylvania Government
    July 15, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    In the recent case of Township of Salem v. Miller Penn Development, LLC, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court invoked the often overlooked doctrine of nullum tempus occurrit regi. Read literally as “time does not run against the king,” as ...

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    Mechanics’ Lien Remedies Require A Sharp Eye
    July 1, 2016 / Philadelphia Bar Reporter

    Mechanics’ liens are a unique statutory remedy that can help contractors, subcontractors and suppliers recover unpaid monies on construction projects. The statutory elements, however, require special care and attention to detail. If a party fails ...

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    5 Simple Ways Construction Companies Can Reduce E-Discovery Costs
    June 29, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    Almost any construction project carries the potential for disputes, which all too often lead to litigation and associated costs. As litigation costs increase, they eat into potential recovery or limit defense strategies. Finding ways to lower ...

    Media Mentions
    Here’s Why This Lawyer Defends Scientists Accused of Misconduct
    June 28, 2016 / Retraction Watch

    Partner Paul Thaler was interviewed by Shannon Palus for the Retraction Watch interview, “Here’s Why This Lawyer Defends Scientists Accused of Misconduct.” The interview highlights Paul’s work in the Scientific Misconduct ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Selected to the 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List
    June 23, 2016

    We are pleased to announce that eleven Cohen Seglias attorneys were selected to this year’s Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers list, and six were selected the Pennsylvania’s Rising Stars list. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more ...

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    Cohen Seglias Ranked in Chambers USA 2016
    June 16, 2016

    We are proud to announce that Chambers & Partners has again recognized our Construction and Labor & Employment Groups in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA, the preeminent legal ranking of attorneys and law firms. Additionally, Chambers ...

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    Cohen Seglias Ranked in Chambers USA
    June 16, 2016

    We are proud to announce that Chambers & Partners has again recognized our Construction and Labor & Employment Groups in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA, the preeminent legal ranking of attorneys and law firms. Additionally, Chambers ...

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    $113M in Construction Financing Approved for One of Washington D.C.’s Most Ambitious Projects – the “Wharf”
    June 9, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    The developers of the Wharf, an ongoing waterfront development at 1100 Maine Avenue SW in Washington, D.C., recently announced that they have secured $113 million of debt financing for the project. PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette, the ...

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    Huge Changes to Federal Small Business Contracting Regulations
    June 8, 2016 / Cohen Seglias

    On May 31, 2016, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a final rule, implementing long-awaited changes mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) of 2013. This final rule, which finalizes the SBA’s earlier ...

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    Cohen Seglias Builds with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia
    June 8, 2016

    On June 8th, 2016, the Cohen Seglias volunteer team, consisting of Paul Thaler, Jeff Brydzinski, Matt Gioffre, Anthony Bottenfield, Matt Skaroff, Stephen Leighton, Lisa Moore, and our three 2016 summer associates, Katherine Piazza, Kimberly ...

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    Condo and Co-Op Help Line
    June 1, 2016 / Mann Report Management

    From time to time over the last three years, I have, on occasion, written about the Environmental Control Board (ECB) and issues related to what appeared to be due process abuses by New York City in administrative hearings on quality-of-life ...

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    Lights Out for Maryland’s Power Plant Construction Subsidy Program
    May 27, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    It’s not every day that a decision by the United States Supreme Court has the potential to impact the construction industry. But the Court handed down a decision last month that could hinder the pace of power plant construction around the ...

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    3 Vital P3s In Pa.’s Push For Private-Sector Alliances
    May 23, 2016 / Law360

    Cohen Seglias attorney Jason Tomasulo was interviewed by Dan Packel for his Law360 article, “3 Vital P3s In Pa.’s Push For Private-Sector Alliances.” Law360, Philadelphia (May 23, 2016, 9:31 PM ET) — Almost four years ...

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    The U.S. Department of Labor More Than Doubles the Salary for Employees to be Exempt from Overtime
    May 20, 2016 / Cohen Seglias

    One of the most significant changes in wage and hours law in decades was announced this week: the U.S. Department of Labor just published the new overtime exemption rules. This rule change was in the works for more than a year and its announcement ...

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    U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Issue Guidance on Application of Title IX to Transgender Students
    May 19, 2016 / Cohen Seglias

    Last Friday, May 13, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice jointly issued a “Dear Colleague” letter containing “significant guidance” summarizing and explaining the views of the Department of Education and ...

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    Does your Employee Handbook stand up to the Supreme Court’s latest decision about accommodations for pregnant workers?
    May 17, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    In a recent U.S. Supreme Court case about pregnancy discrimination, Justice Breyer asked: “Why, when the employer accommodated so many, could it not accommodate pregnant women as well?”  As an employer, that is a question you should now ...

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    Cohen Seglias Kicks off its Year of Service at Habitat’s Building HOPE Luncheon
    May 13, 2016

    In 2016, Cohen Seglias is proudly continuing its partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The Firm is committed to Habitat’s mission of creating safe, sustainable, and affordable housing with and for families in need. Through the combination of ...

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    Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2016
    May 13, 2016

    On April 28th, Cohen Seglias was excited to host its second Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Organized and led by the Firm’s HR Manager, Monica Lavin, and Marketing Director, Kerstin Isaacs, the day was a huge hit among the kids and ...

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    What’s New
    May 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 2

    Brief Note: Greetings from the Editorial Team at Construction In Brief! We are excited about the Firm’s office expansion in Kentucky and our new Managing Partner in the Pittsburgh office! Have you given any thought to creating a trust to preserve ...

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    A Construction Manager as a Fiduciary in New York? Maybe
    May 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 2

    In the words of iconic singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, “the times they are a-changin’.” A new case in New York may alter the legal relationship between owners and construction managers in the State. Traditionally, courts have viewed an owner and ...

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    The Small Business Administration Could Bring About Substantial Changes to Mentor-Protégé Programs in the Coming Year
    May 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 2

    Last year, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued proposed rules that will likely result in major regulatory changes. One of the most important changes relates to the SBA mentor-protégé program and has the potential to substantially alter ...

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    Enforcement of New Construction Worker Safety Codes Begins in Philadelphia
    May 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 2

    The City of Philadelphia has issued new code requirements for construction worker safety training. The new rules went into effect on October 1, 2015, and the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) began strict enforcement on April 1, ...

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    When Creating a Trust, Timing is Everything: Measures to Consider As You Preserve Your Assets for the Next Generation
    May 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 2

    Trusts are no longer exclusive tools for large estates, as a greater number of families with various levels of income and wealth are using trusts to pass on their assets to the next generation. If you can answer “yes” to any of the following ...

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    I’ve Been Terminated on a Construction Project – What Does This Mean?
    May 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 2

    A contractor fears few events on a project more than receiving a notice of termination. Receipt of the dreaded notice may arrive expectedly or as a surprise. Either way, termination does not always mean that the contractor must bear responsibility ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 2
    May 1, 2016

    We are excited about the Firm’s office expansion in Kentucky and our new Managing Partner in the Pittsburgh office! You will get a valuable overview of options for creating a trust to preserve assets for the next generation.

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    Aim to End Lawlessness in Law Enforcement
    April 29, 2016 / New York Law Journal

    Fifty years ago, Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966) made a significant impact on law enforcement to ensure that persons in custodial situations were informed of key rights prior to interrogation. Time has not dimmed this achievement. At the ...

    Media Mentions
    Law Firms Find New Niche Conducting Sex Assault Investigations for Colleges
    April 22, 2016 / Connecticut Law Tribune

    Cohen Seglias Partner Chris Carusone was interviewed by Megan Spicer for her Connecticut Law Tribune article, “Law Firms Find New Niche Conducting Sex Assault Investigations for Colleges,” regarding the Firm’s recent ...

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    Attention Philadelphia Employers: New and Important Changes to the “Ban The Box” Law
    April 22, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    Philadelphia’s 2011 “Ban the Box” law, which restricts an employer’s ability to inquire into a job applicant’s criminal history at the initial stages of the application process, is “old news” – but the ...

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    Evaluating, Challenging Regulatory Overreach in Energy Industry
    April 20, 2016 / The Legal Intelligencer

    “You can’t fight City Hall.” While this famous phrase is ­believed to have its origins in the political corruption of the ­mid-1800s in New York City’s Tammany Hall, it can also be used to describe the steep climb faced by ...

    Media Mentions
    Pa. Justices Asked To Block Drilling Site Rules Ahead Of Vote
    April 18, 2016 / Law360

    Partner Chris Carusone was quoted in the Law360 article “Pa. Justices Asked To Block Drilling Site Rules Ahead Of Vote,” in regards to his representation of the Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers Association in their ...

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    Jurisdictional Challenges Involving the Court of Federal Claims
    April 15, 2016 / The Procurement Lawyer

    Under the doctrine of sovereign immunity, the United States “is immune from suit save as it consents to be sued.”1 Thus, a plaintiff’s ability to sue the government is limited to circumstances where Congress has specifically waived sovereign ...

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    Maryland Approves P3 Contract for Purple Line Light Rail Project
    April 15, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    The Maryland Department of Transportation/Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT/MTA) recently announced its selection of Purple Line Transit Partners as the concessionaire for the new 16.2 mile, 21-station, light rail Purple Line that will run ...

    Media Mentions
    Arguments Held in Challenge to Environmental Regs
    April 8, 2016 / The Bradford Era

    Partner Chris Carusone was mentioned in the Bradford Era article “Arguments held in challenge to environmental regs,” in regards to his representation of the Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers Association in their lawsuit ...

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    Condo Co-Op Help Line: Additional Safety Initiatives Relating to Cranes
    April 1, 2016 / Mann Report Management

    Over the last eight years, there have been at least nine people killed in crane accidents in New York City: six on March 15, 2008, one on April 3, 2012, one on November 5, 2015, and one on February 6, 2016. In addition, there was an accident in May ...

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    How to Avoid a Legal Dispute: 7 To-Do List Items to Prevent & Minimize Risk & Loss on a Project
    April 1, 2016 / Construction Business Owner

    Any experienced contractor knows that even carefully planned projects can result in devastating losses and unanticipated budget overruns due to a number of factors. That’s often when legal disputes often arise. If litigation ensues, the ...

    Media Mentions
    Law Firms See Opportunity in Wave of Campus Sex Claims
    April 1, 2016 / The American Lawyer

    Partners Paul Thaler and Chris Carusone were mentioned in The American Lawyer article, “Law Firms See Opportunity in Wave of Campus Sex Claims,” on April 1, 2016. The full article is available on The American Lawyer website. As ...

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    Day Pitney and Cohen Seglias Create Collaborative Team for Title IX Investigations
    March 30, 2016

    Washington D.C., March 30, 2016 – Day Pitney LLP and Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC are pleased to announce the launch of their joint Title IX Investigations Initiative. This initiative will allow the firms to provide both ...

    Media Mentions
    Oil, Gas Group Sues To Block Pa. Drilling Site Rules
    March 25, 2016 / Law360

    Partner Chris Carusone was mentioned in the Law360 article “Oil, Gas Group Sues To Block Pa. Drilling Site Rules,” in regards to his representation of the Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers Association in their lawsuit ...

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    PIPP files suit to stop new, costly environmental rules
    March 25, 2016 / The Bradford Era

    Partner Chris Carusone was mentioned in the Bradford Era article “PIPP files suit to stop new, costly environmental rules,” in regards to his representation of the Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers Association in their ...

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    Real Estate 101: Knowing Your Property Value and Challenging Your Tax Assessment
    March 24, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    After months, maybe years, of planning, raising capital, obtaining permits and waiting out construction, your gleaming new building is open and occupied. Soon, you’ll get a simple, one-page letter from your county’s Tax Assessment ...

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    Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers Association Files Lawsuit Challenging New Pennsylvania Conventional Oil & Gas Regulations
    March 24, 2016 / PennEnergy

    Partner Chris Carusone was mentioned in the PennEnergy article “Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers Association files lawsuit challenging new Pennsylvania conventional oil & gas regulations,” in regards to his ...

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    Cohen Seglias Partners Ed DeLisle and Michael Payne Honored In JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards
    March 14, 2016

    We are proud to announce that Partners Ed DeLisle and Michael Payne have been honored in JD Supra’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Edward DeLisle was named a 2016 Top  Author because of the high level of visibility of his posts as well as his engaging ...

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    Can a Contractor Sue a Design Professional Without a Contract? Not in Maryland
    March 11, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    In some states, courts allow contractors to sue design professionals for negligence even in the absence of a contract. In others, like Maryland, courts apply a rule known as the Economic Loss Rule (ELR) to bar such claims. Courts apply the ELR when, ...

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    Coop-Condo Help Line: New Safety Initiative
    March 1, 2016 / Mann Report Management

    On February 16, 2016, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Department of Buildings Com­missioner Rick Chandler announced a new ag­gressive campaign to improve worker safety on construction sites. Doubtless, this initiative is a direct result of 1) an ...

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    Attention Philadelphia Contractors: Do You Comply with OSHA Training and Supervision Requirements?
    February 26, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    The City of Philadelphia has issued new code requirements for construction worker safety training. The new rules went into effect on October 1, 2015, and the Department of Licenses and Inspections has announced that strict enforcement will begin on ...

    Media Mentions
    New managing partner for Cohen Seglias’ Pittsburgh office
    February 25, 2016 / Pittsburgh Business Times

    Lisa Wampler was mentioned in the Pittsburgh Business Times article, “New managing partner for Cohen Seglias’ Pittsburgh office,” on February 25, 2016. Philadelphia-based law firm Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC has ...

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    Lisa M. Wampler Named Managing Partner of Cohen Seglias’ Pittsburgh Office
    February 25, 2016

    Promotion marks the first female Managing Partner for the Firm Philadelphia, PA – Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, a law firm that represents corporate clients, mid sized privately held businesses, and construction related ...

    Media Mentions
    Cohen Seglias Names First Female Office MP
    February 25, 2016 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Lisa Wampler was mentioned in the Legal Intelligencer article, “Cohen Seglias Names First Female Office MP,” on February 25, 2016. You can read the full article on the Legal Intelligencer website. Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall ...

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    Lisa Wampler Named Managing Partner of Cohen Seglias’ Pittsburgh Office
    February 25, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    Cohen Seglias has announced the promotion of Lisa M. Wampler to Managing Partner of the Firm’s Pittsburgh office. The announcement marks the first female managing partner in the Firm’s history. “Lisa has been instrumental in the ...

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    ABA push boosts Uniform Bar Exam
    February 24, 2016 / The Indiana Lawyer

    Partner Carol Sigmond was quoted in the Indiana Lawyer article, ” ABA push boosts Uniform Bar Exam.” Carol weighed in on the idea of a Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), speaking against New York’s move to adopt a single test. The ...

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    Appellate Division Appointments Bring Relief to Courts
    February 22, 2016 / New York Law Journal

    On February 22, 2016, Cohen Seglias partner Carol Sigmond was quoted in the New York Law Journal,“Appellate Division Appointments Bring Relief to Courts.” The full article is available on the New York Law Journal website. Court ...

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    Up in the Air: Drones and the Future of the Construction Job Site
    February 18, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as “drones,” are appearing more frequently in the skies over construction project sites. Drones typically operate from a handheld device, such as an iPhone, and can be connected to a Wi-Fi ...

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    Beware: New Rigorous Safety Sweeps of NYC Construction Sites to Begin
    February 12, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    On February 12, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler announced a new aggressive campaign to improve worker safety on construction sites. Specifically, commencing next Tuesday, ...

    Media Mentions
    Christopher Carusone’s Top 5 Common Errors to Avoid during an Internal Investigation
    February 10, 2016 / PRNewswire

    PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Christopher Carusone, a Partner at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC and co-chair of the firm’s internal investigations practice group, examines common mistakes during an internal ...

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    Timing Is Everything: Preserving Your Assets for the Next Generation
    February 9, 2016 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Trusts are no longer exclusive tools for large estates as a greater number of families with various levels of income and wealth are using trusts to pass on their assets to the next generation. The current Pennsylvania and federal tax laws provide ...

    Blog Posts
    Ignorance is not Bliss: Construction Contract Provisions You Need to Know
    February 9, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    On February 11, join Roy Cohen, Ed Seglias, and Jackson Nichols at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter in Greenbelt, MD for their presentation, “Ignorance is not Bliss: ...

    Media Mentions
    Could Uniform Bar Exam help law grads’ mobility? ABA House asks states to adopt it ‘expeditiously’
    February 8, 2016 / American Bar Association Journal

    Partner Carol Sigmond was interviewed in her capacity as the president of the New York County Lawyers Association by Lorelei Waird for the ABA Journal article, “Could Uniform Bar Exam help law grads’ mobility? ABA House asks states ...

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    Memo Puts New Focus on Execs in Fraud Probes, Analysts Say
    February 8, 2016 / Bloomberg BNA

    Partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Federal Contracting Group, Michael Payne, was interviewed by David Hansen for his Bloomberg article, “Memo Puts New Focus on Execs in Fraud Probes, Analysts Say.” The article was published on ...

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    The Pennsylvania Superior Court Makes it Easier for Contractors to Sue Design Professionals for Faulty Plans and Specifications
    February 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 1

    Accurate and comprehensive design plans are critical to preparing competitive bids and to successfully building safe structures that meet owner expectations. Because contractors rely on these designs, Pennsylvania law provides a remedy against ...

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    Do You Need an Outside Board of Advisors?
    February 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 1

    Are you starting to think about transitioning leadership and/or ownership to the next generation in your company? Is the next generation really ready to assume those responsibilities? Are you the only role model the next generation has to follow? Is ...

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    Your Contract has a Liquidated Damages Clause: Now What?
    February 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 1

    Imagine this common scenario: you have completed your work as a contractor on a construction project, your contract with the owner contains a liquidated damages (LD) clause, there are delays on the project, and you receive notice on behalf of the ...

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    Another Tool to Erase “No Damage for Delay” Clauses in Pennsylvania
    February 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 1

    The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania recently considered an issue not yet addressed by established case law concerning the ability of a contractor to recover delay damages in the face of a “no damage for delay” clause in a construction ...

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    Q&A with Jonathan Landesman, Partner, Labor & Employment Group
    February 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 1

    Jonathan Landesman has been a partner in the Firm’s Labor & Employment Group since 2008.  We sat down with Jonathan to ask him about his experience with the Firm, his practice, and some of his more notable cases from this past year. Q: When ...

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    What’s New
    February 1, 2016 / Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 1

    Brief Note: Greetings from the Editorial Team at Construction in Brief! Do you know how a Board of Advisors could benefit your company? Roy Cohen provides some good advice when considering this option. This issue will also introduce our newly ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2016 Volume 1
    February 1, 2016

    Do you know how a Board of Advisors could benefit your company? Roy Cohen provides some good advice when considering this option. This issue also introduces our newly expanded Pittsburgh team and highlights the opening of our DC office!

    Media Mentions
    ‘Receivership’ Ends With Elimination of Liaison Justice
    January 30, 2016 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Judge Gene Cohen (ret.) was quoted in The Legal Intellgencier article, “‘Receivership’ Ends With Elimination of Liaison Justice,” on January 30, 2016. The full article is available on The Legal Intelligencer website. The ...

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    OSHA Continues Delayed Enforcement of Confined Space Standard for Residential Contractors
    January 28, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    As we discussed last summer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new Confined Space in Construction Standard, which went into effect on August 3, 2015 and required heightened training, continuous worksite evaluations ...

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    Avoid Common Errors During an Internal Investigation
    January 20, 2016 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Presidential adviser and overall renaissance man John W. Gardner once said, “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” While this may be an accurate description of the human condition, in the corporate world there is little room for ...

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    Ignorance is not Bliss: Construction Contract Provisions You Need to Know
    January 18, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    On January 21, 2016, Please join us for Ed Seglias and Jason Copley‘s seminar, “Ignorance is not Bliss: Construction Contract Provisions You Need to Know,” for the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) in Philadelphia, ...

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    To Be or Not to Be in Arbitration? That is the Question
    January 14, 2016 / Construction Law Now

    Arbitration has become a very common and effective way to resolve construction disputes in lieu of traditional litigation, and it is easy to understand why: The parties can select arbitrators with construction expertise who speak their language and ...

    Media Mentions
    I-Team: Whistleblower Claims Taxpayers Paid for No-Show Workers at WTC
    January 12, 2016 / 4 New York NBC I-Team

    Partner Carol Sigmond was interviewed by Chris Glorioso for his NBC I-Team piece, “Whistleblower Claims Taxpayers Paid for No-Show Workers at WTC,” on January 12, 2016.

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    A Record Year for Law Firms’ M&A Activity
    January 8, 2016 / The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Jason Copley was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer article, “A Record Year for Law Firms’ M&A Activity,” on January 6th, 2016. Law firm mergers and acquisitions reached a record number last year as firms sought to overcome ...

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    Cohen Seglias Partner Wayne Buckwalter Named Five Star Financial Services Professional
    January 6, 2016

    Cohen Seglias is pleased to announce that Wayne Buckwalter, Chair of the Firm’s Wealth Preservation Group, has once again been named a Five Star Financial Services Professional. The Five Star Financial Services Professional and Wealth Manager ...

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    Legionnaire’s Disease and New Regulations Respecting Cooling Towers
    January 1, 2016 / Mann Report: Management

    In August 2015, 16 New Yorkers died and at least 133 were made seriously ill by an outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease in the South Bronx. Legionnaire’s Disease or Legionellosis is a form of pneumonia, first diagnosed in 1976 following an ...

    Media Mentions
    County Clerk Looks Beyond ‘The Way We’ve Always Done Things’
    December 28, 2015 / The New York Law Journal

    On December 28, 2015, Carol Sigmond was quoted in the New York Law Journal article, “County Clerk Looks Beyond ‘The Way We’ve Always Done Things,’” by Andrew Denney. Sigmond was quoted regarding the role of the New York ...

    Media Mentions
    Year of Mergers and Leadership: Changes in Midsize Firm Market
    December 28, 2015 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Ed Seglias was quoted in The Legal Intelligencer article, “Year of Mergers and Leadership: Changes in Midsize Firm Market,” on December 28, 2015. In what several firm leaders called a strong year, acquisitions and lateral hires ...

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    6 Steps Corporate Counsel Must Take to Protect Themselves During Government Investigations
    December 9, 2015 / The Corporate Counsel

    Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had charged GlaxoSmithKline vice president and associate general counsel Lauren Stevens with two counts of obstruction of justice and four counts of making false statements to the Food ...

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    2015 Holiday Toy Drive
    December 5, 2015

    Cohen Seglias continues its tradition of supporting worthy causes during the holiday season. Each year the Firm brings holiday joy to less fortunate children locally and nationally through our annual toy drive. Toy donations and monetary ...

    Media Mentions
    Be Wary, Keep Records When Working with the Government
    November 30, 2015 / Lehigh Valley Business

    Partner Chris Carusone was quoted in the Lehigh Valley Business regarding precautions contractors should take when working with the government. When it comes to dealing with the government and construction contracts, it pays to err on the side ...

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    Is Civil Gideon* becoming more of an ideal and less of a reality?
    November 9, 2015 / The NYCLA Law Blog

    Our justice system is an adversary system; it works best when all parties have equal access to quality legal representation. But more than our justice system is based on the adversary system, our benefit and administrative law systems are similarly ...

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    Carpenters’ Company Master Builder Dialogues: Building the Buildings of the Future
    November 3, 2015 / Construction Law Now

    Please join us tomorrow, 11/4, for Shawn Farrell‘s presentation “Construction Disputes: Lessons Learned” at the Carpenters’ Company of City and County of Philadelphia’s Master Builder Dialogues. Shawn Farrell has ...

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    Best Law Firms 2016
    November 2, 2015

    We are pleased to announce that Cohen Seglias has been named by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in their 2016 “Best Law Firms” list in the practice areas of Construction Law and Litigation, Labor & Employment Law, and Arbitration. ...

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    Cohen Seglias Joins ABA for Jeans for Justice
    November 2, 2015

    On October 30th, 2015, Cohen Seglias joined the American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Pro Bono in their efforts to increase access to justice for all by wearing their Jeans for Justice. Jeans for Justice Day is part of the ABA’s annual week ...

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    November 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 4

    Brief Note: Greetings from the Editorial Team at Construction In Brief. With winter fast approaching, we invite you to take advantage of some useful tips in this issue on minimizing risks and loss on a project. We also are sharing a new decision ...

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    Tips For Minimizing Risk and Loss on a Project
    November 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 4

    As experienced contractors and subcontractors know, even the most carefully planned and skillfully bid projects can result in devastating losses and unanticipated overruns due to a large number of factors, many of which are not within their control. ...

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    Miller Act Claims and Dispute Resolution Procedures
    November 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 4

    Federal government construction contractors know that the Miller Act requires them to furnish a payment bond for the benefit of subcontractors. Many contractors are familiar with the process by which subcontractors may seek payment under a ...

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    Good News for Contractors Who Work on Delaware Public Projects
    November 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 4

    The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that a contractor performing public work in Delaware does not need to submit a payment application to recover pre-judgment interest on a disputed change order request and that interest will be calculated ...

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    Q&A: Avoiding Risk Management Mistakes
    November 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 4

    In counseling clients on insurance coverage and risk transfer issues, we frequently see clients unknowingly enter into construction contracts that expose them to potentially avoidable and sometimes uninsured risks. Generally, these mistakes can be ...

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    Up in the Air: Drones and the Future of the Construction Job Site
    November 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 4

    Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as “drones,” are appearing more and more frequently in the skies over construction project sites. Drones typically operate from a handheld device, such as an iPhone, and can be connected to a Wi-Fi ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 4
    November 1, 2015

    With winter fast approaching, we invite you to take advantage of some useful tips in this issue on minimizing risks and loss on a project. We also share a new decision from the Delaware Supreme Court.

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    More Mercy, Less Prison in a Shift for Cuomo
    October 21, 2015 / The New York Times

    On October 21st, 2015, Carol Sigmond was quoted in The New York Times article, “More Mercy, Less Prison in a Shift for Cuomo,” by Jim Dwyer. Sigmond was quoted regarding the role of the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) in ...

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    Cohen Seglias participates in the Lee National Denim Day
    October 20, 2015

    For the fifth year in a row, Cohen Seglias participated in the Lee National Denim Day® by wearing denim to work on October 2nd, 2015. The Firm was pleased to match contributions from attorneys and staff to raise money for cancer research, testing, ...

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    Cohen Seglias Continues its Partnership with Habitat for Humanity
    October 16, 2015

    On October 8th, 2015, the Cohen Seglias team, consisting of Marian Kornilowicz, Jackson Nichols, Gary Repke, Ken Mascaro, Joseph DuBray, Olivia Paris- Kornilowicz, Stacy Wert, Cheryl Urmy, and Celena Barnes, joined Habitat for Humanity ...

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    Disparate Impact is Here to Stay: What the Supreme Court’s Decision Means for the Multi-Family Industry
    October 1, 2015 / PMHA Pennsylvania Perspective

    On June 25, 2015, Justice Kennedy delivered the Supreme Court’s decision in Texas v. Inclusive Communities Project.  In the case, the Court determined that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 includes disparate impact claims.  Prior to Texas v. ...

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    Which Design-Build Contract is Right for You & Your Projects? – DBIA – AIA – CONSENSUS DOCS – EJCDC?
    September 29, 2015 / Construction Law Now

    Please join us for Ed Seglias‘ presentation at the Design-Build Institute of America Tri-State Chapter Inaugural Event on October 6, 2015 in Philadelphia. Ed and Kevin Peartree of Ernstrom & Dreste will discuss and compare form contracts ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Selected For Best Lawyers in America© 2016
    September 23, 2015

    We are pleased to announce that four Cohen Seglias attorneys have been included in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers In America© in five different practice areas: George Pallas: Litigation – Construction John Greenhall: Construction ...

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    Police Use of Force: Training, Community Relations Help Township Police Ensure Proper Use of Force
    September 21, 2015 / PA Township News

    Chris Carusone was quoted in PA Township News. You can hardly look at a news outlet these days without seeing a story about alleged police brutality. Township police departments see those stories, too, and are taking steps to ensure that they have ...

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    West Virginia Government Contractors Must Continue to Work While Awaiting Approval of a Change Order
    September 4, 2015 / Construction Law Now

    In late July, the West Virginia Purchasing Division of the Department of Administration issued an “emergency rule” that exempts construction contracts from a new law regarding change order approval. This new law, which went into effect ...

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    Letter from Carol A. Sigmond, President, New York County Lawyers Association
    August 26, 2015 / The NYCLA Law Blog

    Unbundling (Ala Carte) Legal Services According to some studies, approximately 80% of Americans cannot afford to retain attorneys to assist with essential legal services such as leases, deeds, wills, formation of corporations, powers of attorney, or ...

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    Pittsburgh Hires Grow Cohen Seglias Energy Practice
    August 18, 2015 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Roy Cohen and Brian Lawton were quoted in The Legal Intelligencer. Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman has added two attorneys to its Pittsburgh office, the firm announced Monday, doubling the office’s head count and expanding the ...

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    Cohen Seglias Expands Development Practice In Pittsburgh
    August 17, 2015 / Law360

    Roy Cohen and Brian Lawton were quoted in Law360. Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC announced on Monday it has grown its Pittsburgh office with the addition of two attorneys with experience providing legal service to landowners and ...

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    Cohen Seglias Hires Two in Pittsburgh Office – New hires strengthen the firm’s oil and gas capability
    August 17, 2015

    Philadelphia, PA – August 17, 2015 – Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, a law firm that represents corporate clients, midsized privately held businesses and construction related companies, has announced the hire of two attorneys ...

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    What’s New
    August 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 3

    Brief Note: Greetings from the Editorial Team at Construction in Brief! In this issue, we are happy to introduce you to our new DC office. We also have news on the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and new hiring guidelines in light of a recent ...

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    The PA Supreme Court Blocks CASPA’s Reach on Public Works Projects
    August 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 3

    In a decision that has important consequences for contractors and subcontractors who perform work on public construction projects, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court considered whether the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (CASPA), a ...

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    Contractors Beware: New Jersey Home Improvement Practices Regulations Can Cost You
    August 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 3

    In a recent New Jersey case, Huston v. Lieber, the court held in favor of homeowners and against a contractor on its claim of nonpayment because the contractor failed to include its contractor registration number and the right to cancel notice in ...

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    Supreme Court Decision Forces Employers to Rethink Dress Codes and Grooming Policies
    August 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 3

    Many employers have adopted employee handbooks that include dress codes and grooming policies. Some of these policies require that employees wear uniforms, refrain from wearing hats, ripped clothing, or excessive jewelry, arrive at work cleanly ...

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    Q&A with Our DC Team
    August 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 3

    Our newsletter team recently sat down with the partners of our DC Office. Q: What has prompted the firm’s expansion to Washington, DC? A: Ed — Our expansion into DC is part of a broader five-year plan. The Firm already has a number of clients ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 3
    August 1, 2015

    We are happy to introduce you to our new DC office. We also have news on the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and new hiring guidelines in light of a recent US Supreme Court decision.

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    Disparate Impact is Here to Stay: What the Supreme Court’s Decision Means for the Multi-Family Industry
    July 28, 2015 / Construction Law Now

    On June 25, 2015, Justice Kennedy delivered the Supreme Court’s decision in Texas v. Inclusive Communities Project.  In the case, the Court determined that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 includes disparate impact claims.  Prior to Texas v. ...

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    U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Guidance on Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors
    July 22, 2015 / Construction Law Now

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance on July 15 aimed at curbing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The guidance provides several examples of workers in the construction industry.  It is now clear that ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Weigh in on What’s Next for Pennsylvania
    July 21, 2015 / Catalyst Magazine

    For more than 25 years, clients have relied on Cohen Seglias attorneys for business insight, practical legal advice, and a deeper understanding of the legal issues impacting their businesses. With every change in state government, our clients ask ...

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    Corporate Criminal Liability in Environmental Law
    July 21, 2015 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Pennsylvania’s energy community should take note that the line between criminal and civil enforcement is getting harder and harder to see. State and federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania appear to be signaling that companies operating in ...

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    2015 Cohen Seglias Summer Associates
    July 5, 2015

    We are pleased to announce that Patrick Cullen, Kate Emert, and Marie Kelly have joined the Firm’s Philadelphia office, working in the Constriction Group. Patrick Cullen is a third-year student at Temple University Beasley School of Law and a ...

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    Managing Risk Starts with Contract Negotiations
    July 1, 2015 / Construction Business Owner Magazine

    Understand contract terms to position your team for success Success on a project is often dependent upon risk management, and managing that risk starts with contract negotiation. Contractors must recognize the implications of the contract provisions ...

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    OSHA’S New Rule Increases Protection to Construction Workers in Confined Spaces
    June 30, 2015

    Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) added a new rule that provides increased protections to those working in confined spaces on construction projects.  The new rule, which goes into effect on August 3, 2015, applies ...

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    Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies Applicability of Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act
    June 26, 2015 / Construction Law Now

    Last week, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania  issued a decision which has important consequences for all members of the construction industry involved with public works projects. In Clipper Pipe & Service, Inc. v. The Ohio Casualty Insurance ...

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    New Jersey Supreme Court to Consider Important Public Bidding Case – Practical Considerations for Contractors
    June 19, 2015 / Construction Law Now

    In April, the New Jersey Supreme Court agreed to review the case of Waste Management of New Jersey, Inc. v. Mercer County Improvement Authority.  The matter concerns a defect in a bid submitted under the New Jersey Public Contracts Law ...

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    Construction Law Firm Expands into Washington
    June 15, 2015 / The Philadelphia Business Journal

    Ed Seglias was quoted in the Philadelphia Business Journal. Construction law firm Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman is spreading its geographic wings once again, as it announced plans to enter the Washington, D.C. market by acquiring ...

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    Cohen Seglias Adds D.C. Presence Through Merger
    June 15, 2015 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Ed Seglias and Paul S. Thaler were quoted in The Legal Intelligencer. Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman is set to enter the Washington, D.C., market and launch a new practice group in internal investigations through a merger with a ...

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    Cohen Seglias Merges With Thaler Liebeler Amid DC Launch
    June 15, 2015 / Law360

    Ed Seglias, Jason Copley, and Paul Thaler were quoted in Law360. Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC announced Monday that it has inked a deal to acquire Thaler Liebeler LLP as it launches a new internal investigations practice and ...

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    Cohen Seglias Announces Merger with DC Firm – Launch of Internal Investigations Practice Group
    June 15, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA, June 15, 2015 — Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, a law firm that represents corporate clients and midsized privately held businesses, has announced a merger with Washington, DC-based Thaler Liebeler LLP, ...

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    Bonds: An Important Weapon In Any Contractor’s Arsenal
    June 2, 2015 / WIPP

    It is vital that construction contractors, regardless of tier or trade, understand the basic principles of contract surety bonds. An understanding of how bonds are used in construction; and, importantly, how the surety company prequalifies the ...

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    New NYCLA Leader Targets Ethic, Administrative Hearings
    June 1, 2015 / New York Law Journal

    Carol Sigmond was interviewed on June 1st, 2015 in her capacity as the newly appointed President of the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) by Andrew Denney for the New York Law Journal. In the article “New NYCLA Leader Targets ...

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    Cohen Seglias Ranked in Chambers USA
    May 21, 2015

    Chambers & Partners has recognized Cohen Seglias’ Construction and Labor and Employment Groups in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA. Roy Cohen, Ed Seglias and Marc Furman were also identified as Leaders in the fields of Construction and ...

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    Our First 2015 Habitat Build Day
    May 6, 2015

    Kathleen Garrity, Evan Blaker, Alex Barth, Matt Gioffre, Michael Metz-Topodas, Ken Mascaro, Kerstin Isaacs, Joanne Hart, Celena Barnes, and Dawn Bamberger participated in Cohen Seglias’ first volunteer build day for Habitat for Humanity this ...

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    What’s New
    May 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 2

    Brief Note: Greetings from the Editorial Team at Construction in Brief. Warmer weather has finally arrived! In this issue, in addition to spotlighting our Harrisburg Office, we have important news on Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor ...

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    A Good Start for a Form P3 Agreement
    May 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 2

    In today’s economy, it is increasingly difficult for public entities to obtain sufficient funding to undertake infrastructure projects. As a result, where enabling legislation is in place, public entities in the United States have, in recent ...

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    CASPA’s Reach Challenged
    May 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 2

    The Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (CASPA) provides rules and deadlines to ensure prompt payments under construction contracts and discourage unreasonable withholding of payments in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. CASPA is designed to ...

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    Choosing Your Destiny: Estate Planning Tips
    May 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 2

    Counseling our clients about strategy is a big part of our job. We work with you on drafting your company’s standard form contracts, change order requests, invoices and credit applications. We help you navigate and negotiate the complex world of ...

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    PA’s New Whistleblower Law: New State and Local Contracting Liabilities
    May 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 2

    Businesses that contract with state or local government entities in Pennsylvania need to be aware of a new liability threat – lawsuits from employees alleging waste or wrongdoing in connection with the award of public funds. It is critical for you ...

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    Q&A with Our Harrisburg Team
    May 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 2

    Our newsletter team recently sat down with the members of our Harrisburg office. Q: How does having a strong presence in Harrisburg help the firm and its clients? A: Steve — The firm has many clients who are based and operate in Central ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 2
    May 1, 2015

    In this issue, in addition to spotlighting our Harrisburg Office, we have important news on Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act and new whistleblower law, as well as estate planning tips.

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    Knowing Your Property Value and Challenging Your Tax Assessment
    May 1, 2015 / Harrisburg Commercial Real Estate Report

    Each year in Pennsylvania brings a new promise of property tax reform from the State legislature and each year Commonwealth residents waiting for relief are sadly disappointed. Meanwhile, in some jurisdictions across the state, property values ...

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    Cohen Seglias Proudly Supports Habitat for Humanity
    April 28, 2015

    Once again Cohen Seglias is supporting Habitat for Humanity with an annual commitment of funding and volunteer days.  The Firm shares Habitat’s mission to build safe, sustainable and affordable homes that help families in need help themselves. ...

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    Philadelphia’s Paid Sick Leave Law Is Less Than A Month Away From Going Into Effect!
    April 14, 2015 / Cohen Seglias

    On February 12, 2015, Mayor Nutter signed a new “paid sick leave” law requiring most Philadelphia employers to provide a minimum level of paid sick leave to essentially all employees.  This law follows a pattern of other cities including, quite ...

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    Pa. Ripe For P3s In Wake Of $1.1B Bridge Deal
    April 10, 2015 / Law360

    Jason Tomasulo was interviewed for the Law360 article “Pa. Ripe For P3s In Wake Of $1.1B Bridge Deal” on April 10, 2015. Law360, Philadelphia (April 10, 2015, 6:12 PM ET) — With financing now complete for a $1.1 billion project to ...

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    The Disparate Impacts of Texas v. The Inclusive Communities Project & The Future Of Multi-Family
    April 8, 2015 / Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal

    A pending US Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, et al. v. The Inclusive Communities Project could bring some significant changes to the interpretation of the Fair Housing Act, particularly for ...

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    New Prevailing Wage Law in West Virginia
    March 24, 2015 / Construction Law Now

    This month, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomlin signed Senate Bill 361, which significantly adjusts the state’s calculation of prevailing wages to establish an amount more reflective of actual earnings in regions across the state.  As ...

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    2014 A Busy Year for Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law: More New Changes Take Effect
    March 18, 2015 / Construction Law Now

    When it comes to the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law (Lien Statute), the Pennsylvania legislature was quite active in 2014.  In July, Governor Corbett signed into law certain changes to the Lien Statute affecting residential lien rights and ...

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    Legal Landscape: Big Changes in Affiliation and Compliance Rules
    March 5, 2015 / Onvia

    Introduction to the Authors and to the Series Welcome to the first edition of Legal Landscape, a series designed to provide government contractors with a quick, but thorough, summary of important legal developments and regulations in government ...

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    Beware: New Rigorous Safety Sweeps of NYC Construction Sites to Begin
    February 15, 2015 / Cohen Seglias

    On February 12, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler announced a new aggressive campaign to improve worker safety on construction sites. Specifically, commencing tomorrow, ...

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    Three Provision Pitfalls in Small Business Corporate Governance Documents
    February 10, 2015 / Onvia

    The federal government offers a multitude of programs designed to assist small businesses. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is certainly at the forefront of such programs, but it is not the only agency. The Department of Veterans’ ...

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    What’s New
    February 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 1

    Brief Note: Happy New Year! With so much to look forward to this year, we are excited to start 2015. In this issue, we take an inside look into our fantastic Pittsburgh Office. We also share some important information to start your year right – ...

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    A Construction Nightmare: Snow, Ice and Extreme Weather
    February 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 1

    Last winter was a historic winter for the Northeast and many other parts of the country, with unprecedented snowfall and cold temperatures. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracted at an annual rate of 2.9 percent from January through ...

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    Fraud in Federal Government Contract Claims
    February 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 1

    All too often you hear stories about contractors accused of defrauding the federal government either in obtaining or performing government contracts. From procurement fraud, to receiving kickbacks, to making fraudulent claims against the government, ...

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    Is it Really Off the Clock?
    February 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 1

    Employers that pay attention to their workforce generally know whether their employees are productively engaged and really working when they are on the clock. While the issue may seem clear-cut, not all employers have a solid grasp on what is and ...

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    Q&A with Our Pittsburgh Team
    February 1, 2015 / Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 1

    Our marketing department recently sat down with the members of our Pittsburgh office: Roy S. Cohen, John A. Greenhall, Lane F. Kelman, Lisa M. Wampler, Lori Wisniewski Azzara Q: Can you talk a little about the growth of the office in Pittsburgh? A: ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 1
    February 1, 2015

    In this issue, we take an inside look into our fantastic Pittsburgh Office. We also share some important information to start your year right – from fraud prevention and timekeeping tips to advice on how to get paid when bad weather strikes.

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    What We Can Learn from PennDOT’s Award of the First Rapid Bridge Replacement P3 Project
    January 30, 2015 / Construction Law Now

    Background In the first significant public private partnership (“P3”) infrastructure project in Pennsylvania, PennDOT recently selected Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (“Plenary Walsh”) for award of the Rapid Bridge ...

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    Crisis Management: Are You Ready for the BIG Surprise?
    January 26, 2015 / Construction Law Now

    Having designated legal counsel is critical to any comprehensive crisis management strategy. Whether you are in pre-crisis, crisis or post-crisis—having an attorney involved in your decision-making process can be the difference between surviving ...

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    The Expansion of Pennsylvania’s Whistleblower Law – What Government Contractors Must Know About This New Liability Threat
    January 8, 2015 / Highway Builder Magazine

    Businesses that enter into contracts with state or local government entities in Pennsylvania need to be aware of a new liability threat – lawsuits from employees alleging waste or wrongdoing in connection with the award of public funds. It is ...

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    NJ’s Estate Tax: An Expensive Oversight for the Unprepared
    December 17, 2014 / New Jersey Law Journal

    In 2013, only 19 states and the District of Columbia imposed inheritance or estates taxes on their residents. New Jersey is among one of the states that imposed such taxes. In fact, New Jersey has both an inheritance and an estate tax. As a result, ...

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    Best Practices in Construction Webinar
    December 17, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    On December 3, Jennifer Horn and Maria Panichelli presented the second webinar in their core construction curriculum series for Women Impacting Public Policy and Give Me 5%. The presentation, entitled “Best Practices in Construction,” ...

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    2014 Holiday Toy Drive
    December 11, 2014

    Cohen Seglias is pleased to continue our tradition of supporting worthy causes during the holiday season. Each year the Firm brings holiday joy to less fortunate children locally and nationally through our annual toy drive. Toy donations and ...

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    Cohen Seglias ranked in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers
    November 25, 2014

    Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC has been ranked in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® in the practice areas of Arbitration, Labor & Employment and Construction for Metro ...

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    What’s New
    November 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 3

    Brief Note Football, leaves, liens, and Super Lawyers! Thanksgiving is almost here and we’ve got lots of news to share. If you do residential construction work in Pennsylvania, check out our cover story about the amendments to the Mechanics’ ...

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    Balancing Act: Amendments to Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law Prioritize Open-End Mortgages Over Liens and Provide Added Protection for Residential Homeowners
    November 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 3

    In early July, Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 117 into law, approving new amendments to Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law. Act 117 amended the Lien Law in two critical ways: (1) the Act clarified that mechanics’ liens are subordinate to ...

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    Contemporaneous Documentation is Not Always a Good Thing
    November 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 3

    There is no question that documentation is an important part of the resolution of any construction dispute. Particularly contemporaneous documents — documents that are created at the time that events occur. Quality control reports, daily logs, and ...

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    Q&A with Michael H. Payne
    November 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 3

    Q: Cohen Seglias’ Government Contracting Group represents a number of interesting niche contractors that our readers may not be familiar with. Can you tell us more about that? A: In addition to our federal construction and small business ...

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    Three Ways to Get Paid – The Questions
    November 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 3

    As a commercial collection attorney, I have the benefit of seeing and analyzing credit applications from a wide array of clients. However, by the time I review the credit application, typically the account is already in arrears and whatever rights ...

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    Three Ways to Get Paid – The Answers
    November 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 3

    Fulfilling Orders Under a Customer’s Purchase Order Answer: False Oftentimes goods or materials are provided after your customer provides a purchase order. Did you read the purchase order? Did you read the “fine print”? Most often, the answer ...

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    What Did I Agree to Arbitrate and Who Decides?
    November 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 3

    It is common for construction contracts to include an arbitration provision because of the perceived advantages: cost, speed, privacy, finality, and the ability of the parties to choose an arbitrator with experience in the construction industry. ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 3
    November 1, 2014

    Football, leaves, liens, and Super Lawyers! Thanksgiving is almost here and we’ve got lots of news to share. If you do residential construction work in Pennsylvania, check out our cover story about the amendments to the Mechanics’ Lien Law.

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    Cohen Seglias Supports Jeans for Justice Day
    October 24, 2014

    On October 24, 2014, the Firm celebrated the American Bar Association’s National Pro Bono week with Jeans for Justice Day! Pro Bono week focuses the nation’s attention on the increased need for pro bono services during these challenging ...

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    Teaming for Long-Term Success: Protecting WOSB/EDWOSB Eligibility Status in Federal Contractor Teaming
    October 22, 2014 / WIPP myContracting Magazine

    In recent years, teaming has become an increasingly popular mechanism for winning federal government contracts.  Many women-owned small businesses (“WOSBs”) like teaming because it is a good way to break into the federal contracting arena.  In ...

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    Judge Gene Cohen (Ret.) comments on Judge Kevin M. Dougherty’s appointment to Administrative Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas trial division
    October 10, 2014 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Gene D. Cohen, retired judge and partner at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, said Dougherty is a capable administrator. “Kevin is one of the hardest-working judges around,” Cohen said. “He took over the Family Court ...

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    USDA Shoreline Contract Stalled Over Small Business Fight
    October 6, 2014 / Law360

    Michael Payne and Robert Ruggieri were mentioned in the Law360 article “USDA Shoreline Contract Stalled Over Small Business Fight” on October 6, 2014. Law360, New York (October 06, 2014, 5:31 PM ET) — A federal judge halted a ...

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    Judge Gene Cohen (Ret.) comments on Philadelphia’s judiciary in the wake of several scandals
    September 29, 2014 / The Legal Intelligencer

    The recent guilty plea of a Philadelphia Municipal Court judge to case-fixing charges and the suspension of two other judges, all occurring with the Philadelphia Traffic Court scandal still fresh in the public’s mind, has seriously damaged the ...

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    New Changes to Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law Take Effect
    September 24, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    On July 9, 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill (S.B. 145) into law that amends the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963 (the “Lien Law”). The new law took effect on September 8, 2014 and affects subcontractor ...

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    Get It Right the First Time: Making a Good Impression
    September 11, 2014 / The Legal Intelligencer

    It’s that time of year: the unofficial start of fall, football season, back to school and the first day of work for many new attorneys. For some, this may be their first real job or at least their first full-time job working as an attorney in ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Selected For Best Lawyers in America© 2015
    August 21, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that four Cohen Seglias attorneys have been included in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers In America© in five different practice areas: George Pallas –  Litigation – Construction John Greenhall – ...

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    Shafer Electric & Construction v. Mantia: PA Supreme Court holds that noncompliance with the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act does not entitle homeowners to free work
    August 21, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    Pennsylvania’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (“HICPA”), which went into effect in 2009, generally requires that home improvement contracts be in writing and contain thirteen specific items (including the ...

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    Common Pitfalls in Federal Contract Teaming Arrangements and How to Avoid Them: Tips for Safeguarding Your Small-Business Program Eligibility
    August 12, 2014 / Onvia

    It’s no surprise that in today’s market, with a growing number of Federal government contracts set-aside for various types of small businesses, teaming relationships are increasingly popular. Large contractors like teaming because it provides ...

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    What’s New
    August 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 2

    Brief Note: Summer is here and along with it sunscreen, beaches, and BBQs! With more new faces at the Firm, four summer associates, new volunteer opportunities, and an exciting office move—we’ve got lots of news to share. Enjoy the 2014 Second ...

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    Supreme Court of PA Affects Landscape for Bonded Projects: Just How Safe is the Safe Harbor Provision?
    August 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 2

    Ask most subcontractors and suppliers their biggest concern on a project and they will probably tell you it is (not surprisingly) getting paid. The concern is a valid one. Standing in the way of a material supplier’s payment, for instance, could ...

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    Can They Sue Me for That?
    August 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 2

    The employment landscape can be hard to navigate without the right toolset. Attorneys in our Labor & Employment group are constantly being asked, “Can my employee sue me for…?” Asking the question after an employee files a claim is too ...

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    Negative Online Reviews – Free Speech or Defamation?
    August 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 2

    Business review websites such as Angie’s List or Yelp are increasingly a venue for anonymous posters to wreak havoc on the reputations of contractors and other businesses with negative and often defamatory reviews. Although these venues seem safe ...

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    The Importance of Reviewing Bond and Contract Language on Public Projects
    August 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 2

    Prime, or general, contractors working on public projects in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, whether state or federal, are required to post performance and payment bonds. Such bonds protect the owner against liens placed by subcontractors for ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 2
    August 1, 2014

    Summer is here and along with it sunscreen, beaches, and BBQs! With more new faces at the Firm, four summer associates, new volunteer opportunities, and an exciting office move—we’ve got lots of news to share.

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    SBA Increases Small Business Size Standards for Businesses in Numerous Industries, Including Construction
    July 31, 2014 / Cohen Seglias

    If you participate in federal government procurement programs, either as a prime contractor or as a subcontractor, listen up!  Your small business size status may have changed on July 14, 2014 as a result of an interim rule issued by the Small ...

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    Update on Discoverability of Attorney-Expert Communications
    July 25, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    On April 29, 2014 an evenly divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital upheld a lower court ruling holding that communications between a party’s attorney and a party’s expert witness are exempt from disclosure ...

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    Amendments to Ohio P3 Legislation Add Bonding Requirements with a Twist
    July 11, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    It is no secret within the construction industry that public-private partnership (P3) project delivery has recently become all the rage.  The demand for infrastructure repairs and improvements is high, and the public dollars needed to fund them are ...

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    Preventing Harassment Claims: What you can learn from the NFL and the Miami Dolphins’ harassment debacle
    July 1, 2014 / Construction Business Owner Magazine

    Professional football is known as a tough sport with an equally tough behind-the-scenes locker room culture. Jonathan Martin’s departure from the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 28, 2013, perhaps signaled a change. Press reports indicated that Martin left ...

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    Is Newer Always Better? Important Changes in the New Jersey Limited Liability Company Act
    June 27, 2014 / Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal

    Over the last decade, limited liability companies (LLCs) have become the entity of choice for real estate investments in most jurisdictions. The LLC entity offers great flexibility in establishing the rights, obligations and economic terms between ...

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    Cohen Seglias is Pleased to Welcome its 2014 Summer Associates
    June 27, 2014

    Cohen Seglias is pleased to welcome its 2014 Summer Associates. Kayleen Egan, Gary Repke, Jacqueline Ryan, and Katherine Tohanczyn, have joined the Firm’s Philadelphia office, working in the Construction Group. Kayleen Egan Kayleen completed ...

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    Schuylkill Products: Important Lessons and Reminders about the Power of the False Claims Act
    June 11, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer M. Horn, Daniel E. Fierstein and Katherine Tohanczyn As many federal government contractors know, the False Claims Act (FCA) is a tool used by the federal government to deter fraud. Those found to have knowingly submitted false ...

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    Cohen Seglias Ranked in Chambers USA
    June 2, 2014

    Philadelphia, PA – June 2, 2014 – Chambers & Partners has recognized Cohen Seglias’ Construction Practice Group in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA.  Additionally, Roy Cohen and Marc Furman were identified as Leaders in the fields of ...

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    Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day
    June 2, 2014

    Jason Copley, Anthony Bottenfield, Amy Kirby, Jennifer Budd, Bob Ruggieri, John Di Santo, and all four of our summer associates, Kayleen Egan, Gary Repke, Jacqueline Ryan, and Katherine Tohanczynat, participated in our first Cohen Seglias volunteer ...

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    Pennsylvania Supreme Court Evenly Divided on Discoverability of Attorney-Expert Communications
    May 16, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    On April 29, 2014, an evenly divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order affirming the Pennsylvania Superior Court’s decision in Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital. The ruling means that communications between a party’s counsel and a ...

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    Cohen Seglias is Helping Habitat Build to Succeed
    May 9, 2014

    Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC is proud to announce its support for Habitat for Humanity. Cohen Seglias shares Habitat’s commitment to eliminating poverty housing through building safe, sustainable, and affordable homes in ...

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    Weather Proofing Your Project and Payment Rights
    May 2, 2014 / Pittsburgh Business Times

    Did this winter’s extreme amounts of snow, sleet, freezing rain and abnormal temperatures leave your project out in the cold? This winter wreaked havoc on construction projects across the region. Perhaps you learned this the hard way when your ...

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    A Credit Manager’s Guide to the Top 10 Credit Application Provisions
    May 1, 2014 / Business Credit Magazine

    As a commercial collection attorney, I have the benefit of seeing and analyzing credit applications from a wide array of clients. However, by the time I receive a client’s credit application, typically the account is already in arrears and ...

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    Leaving the Legacy You Choose
    May 1, 2014 / BreakingGround

    You have built your business from the ground up. You have nurtured and grown a legacy for your family. You want to retire. What will happen to your business when you leave it? We should start with a few statistics for those of you who think you’ve ...

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    PA Supreme Court Decides Bricklayers Case: Unions No Longer Have Mechanics’ Lien Rights in Pennsylvania
    April 25, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    As we first reported back in January of 2012, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a decision in Bricklayers of Western Pennsylvania Combined Funds v. Scott’s Development Co. that significantly changed the meaning of the Pennsylvania ...

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    Contractors Beware: Doing Change Order Work for School Districts Without Proper Approval May Waive Future Claim for Payment
    April 18, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    While by no means a recent law, Section 508 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code, 24 P.S. § 5-508, is becoming one that school districts are repeatedly relying upon to avoid paying contractors for work performed outside the original scope of ...

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    Making Legal Project Management Part of Your Firm’s Culture
    April 15, 2014 / Law Practice Today

    As clients seek more flexibility, predictability, and transparency in their legal services, alternative fee agreements, or AFAs, are becoming more common. AFAs are becoming more important to clients of small to mid-sized firms, who are demanding to ...

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    Supreme Court’s Pass on Berks Products Impacts PA Contractors
    April 11, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    Counterintuitive as it may seem, courts can exert significant influence by deciding not to consider a case. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania did just that on April 1, 2014 when it decided not to consider an appeal in the Berks Products Corp. v. ...

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    What’s New
    April 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 1

    Brief Note: Spring has finally arrived! After a winter filled with shoveling and project delays due to weather, what a breath of fresh air spring brings. We are excited to introduce you to a new face at the Firm and welcome Jennifer Budd, our new ...

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    Is Newer Always Better? Important Changes in the New Jersey Limited Liability Company Act
    April 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 1

    On September 19, 2012, New Jersey enacted the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (N.J.S.A. 42:2C-1 et seq.), colloquially known as RULLCA. Although the new law became effective on March 18, 2013 (the “Effective Date”), it was not ...

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    Public-Private Partnerships: What You Need to Know About this Emerging Trend in Construction
    April 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 1

    What is a Public-Private Partnership? Public-private partnerships (P3s) are contractual arrangements whereby resources, risks, and rewards are shared among partnering public entities (federal, state, or local government agency or authority) and ...

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    Helpful Advice for Smoother Roads Projects
    April 1, 2014 / Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 1

    On New Jersey DOT projects, road contractors are encouraged to construct as smooth a road surface as possible or face monetary penalties. The surface of a road is gauged by the International Roughness Index (IRI), which measures the roughness of all ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 1
    April 1, 2014

    Spring has finally arrived! After a winter filled with shoveling and project delays due to weather, what a breath of fresh air spring brings. In this issue, a warm welcome to Jennifer Budd, who is our new associate editor.

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    Messy Solar Construction Litigation Sheds a Little Light on the Intersection of New Jersey Lien Statutes and Public Private Partnership
    March 31, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    A recent case before the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey (Morris County Improvement Authority and Somerset County Improvement Authority v. Power Partners Mastec, LLC) involving solar construction has shed light (pun intended) ...

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    Pa. High Court Keeps Tort Immunity For General Contractors
    March 27, 2014 / Law360

    Law360, Philadelphia (March 27, 2014, 2:50 PM ET) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday preserved a long-standing practice of immunizing general contractors from liability for injuries to subcontractors’ employees, overturning a $1.5 ...

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    Cohen Seglias Grows its Pittsburgh Presence
    March 24, 2014

    We’re Moving! Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC is pleased to announce the firm is moving its Pittsburgh Office to new space. 525 William Penn Place Suite 3005 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 The offices of 525 William Penn Place are prized for ...

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    Corporate Criminal Liability: Legal Causation and the Application of Absolute Vicarious Liability in the XTO Energy Prosecution
    March 21, 2014 / Cohen Seglias

    In this high-profile criminal prosecution of XTO Energy by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, the scope of corporate criminal liability for the actions of third parties is likely to take center stage later this year in the Pennsylvania ...

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    Marian Kornilowicz Earns the 2013 Preservation Alliance Rhoda and Permar Richards Award
    March 21, 2014

    Marian A. Kornilowicz, Chair of the Business Practice Group at Cohen Seglias, has been awarded the 2013 Preservation Alliance Rhoda and Permar Richards Award, for his dedicated service to the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. The ...

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    The Consequences To A Contractor: The Case Of A Harsh On-Line Review
    March 20, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    Forums like Angie’s List, Yelp, or even Yahoo Community Listserves allow homeowners and other contractor clients to recommend a contractor for a job well done. Just as often, however, disgruntled clients use these venues to vent about shoddy ...

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    Judge Awards Builder in Dispute With Township
    March 18, 2014 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Klipper Construction Associates v. Warwick Township Water and Sewer Authority $800,341 Verdict The Legal Intelligencer Date of Verdict: Feb. 12. Court and Case No.: C.P. Bucks No. 2009-1637-29-1. Judge: Clyde W. Waite. Type of Action: Breach of ...

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    Platform Tools Fed. Claims Court Sends $3.7M Miami Dredging Row To Trial
    March 14, 2014 / Law360

    Law360, New York (March 14, 2014, 8:02 PM ET) — The U.S. Court of Federal Claims refused to grant summary judgment on Friday to either the government or Weston/Bean Joint Venture in a suit seeking $3.7 million for work WBJV performed dredging ...

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    Want to Appeal a Bid Protest Decision Involving A Maryland State Contract? If New Legislation Becomes Law, You May Have to Pay to Play . . .
    March 7, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    New Proposed Legislation Would Require Bond: If House Bill 1488 becomes law in Maryland, bid protesters of state contracts appealing a decision to the Maryland Board of Contract Appeals would be required to simultaneously submit a “protest ...

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    A Construction Nightmare: Snow, Ice and Extreme Weather
    February 25, 2014 / Cohen Seglias

    This winter has seen unprecedented snowfall and cold temperatures. The record-breaking conditions have wreaked havoc on construction projects. Whether you are a supplier, contractor, or developer, here is synopsis what you need to know about ...

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    Sniffing Out Fraud Among Diverse Suppliers
    February 25, 2014 / Diversity Executive

    Site visits and certification verification are just a few things companies can do to ensure their diverse suppliers are indeed diverse. Organizations with diverse supplier programs do all they can to ensure that participating firms are in fact ...

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    Bitcoin: Yet Another Source of Revenue for the IRS?
    February 4, 2014 / The Legal Intelligencer

    Bitcoin is an open-source, peer-to-peer payment network and digital currency that has been around since 2009. It is the most well known of the cryptocurrencies, which include Litecoin, Namecoin and Peercoin. Commercial use of Bitcoin is small ...

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    Maryland Shortlists Teams on Purple Line P3 Rail Project
    January 17, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    The Maryland Department of Transportation/Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT/MTA) recently announced that four of the six teams that submitted qualification statements will be permitted to submit proposals to design, build, finance, operate, and ...

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    Pennsylvania Issues Request for Qualifications for Rapid Bridge Replacement P3
    January 10, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    In the wake of the significant transportation funding legislation passed at the end of November 2013, Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation wasted no time issuing a request for qualifications (“RFQ“), seeking statements of ...

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    Construction Lunch & Learn Seminar
    January 10, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    Jennifer Horn, Partner in the Construction group of Cohen Seglias is speaking on Comparative Analysis of Critical Construction and Design Provisions Between Mid-Atlantic States at Providence Engineering in Lancaster, PA, on Tuesday, January ...

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    New Permitting and Licensure Requirements Take Effect in Philadelphia
    January 10, 2014 / Cohen Seglias

    In the City’s latest effort to improve upon safety, Philadelphia’s Licenses and Inspections Department (L&I) has issued new permitting and licensure requirements that took effect last week. The new requirements apply to all contractors ...

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    New Permitting and Licensure Requirements Take Effect in Philadelphia
    January 6, 2014 / Construction Law Now

    As we reflect upon the past year, few in the Delaware Valley will forget the fateful day in June when a building located at 22nd and Market Streets collapsed in the midst of demolition work performed by contractor Griffin Campbell, which claimed six ...

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    2013 Holiday Toy Drive
    December 26, 2013

    Cohen Seglias is pleased to continue our tradition of supporting worthy causes during the holiday season. The Firm matched contributions from clients and staff, and together we were able to bring holiday joy to less fortunate children locally and ...

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    Cohen Seglias Partner Wayne C. Buckwalter Named Five Star Wealth Manager
    December 20, 2013

    Cohen Seglias is pleased to announce that Wayne C. Buckwalter, Chair of the Firm’s Wealth Preservation Group, has once again been named a Five Star Wealth Manager. This elite group represents less than 4 percent of the wealth managers in the ...

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    Renewable Energy Construction: Moving into Federal Buildings
    December 20, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    In recent years, concepts such as “green construction” and “renewable energy” seem to have become almost commonplace. In what is perhaps an effort to lead the world by example in these areas, President Barack Obama recently ...

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    SDVOSB Victory: Miles II – Court of Federal Claims Awards Attorneys’ Fees and Provides Further Guidance
    December 18, 2013 / VetLikeMe

    Maria L. Panichelli authored an article “SDVOSB Victory: Miles II – Court of Federal Claims Awards Attorneys’ Fees and Provides Further Guidance” which appeared on VetLikeMe, a national news publication for Service-Disabled ...

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    Home Inspector Liability: Home Owners Should Inspect Their Inspectors and Their Contracts
    December 13, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Owning a home can be an immensely rewarding experience, the keystone of the American Dream. Buying a home, however, can be an immensely complicated experience fraught with risks. Before taking the plunge into homeownership, it is important for a ...

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    Primer on Mechanics’ Liens and Bond Claims
    December 4, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Jennifer Horn of Cohen Seglias is participating in the upcoming PBI construction seminar Primer on Mechanics’ Liens and Bond Claims – Everything you need to know about Pennsylvania Mechanics Lien Law after Bricklayers The seminar will ...

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    GREENBUILD 2013: EXHIBITORS AND ATTENDEES LEAVE PHILADELPHIA RE-ENERGIZED
    November 26, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    As the Greenbuild 2013 posters, web cafés and stages are removed from the Convention Center in Philadelphia, attendees and exhibitors from across the country have been reenergized in thinking about green building, sustainability and resiliency. ...

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    Maryland Issues Request for Qualifications for the Purple Line P3 Project
    November 22, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Maryland, P3, RFQ, RFP

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    American Legion Joins SDVOSB in “Veterans First” Appeal
    November 17, 2013 / VetLikeMe

    Maria L. Panichelli authored an article “American Legion Joins SDVOSB in “Veterans First” Appeal” which appeared on VetLikeMe, a national news publication for Service-Disabled Business Owners.

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    Homeowners Affected by Stucco Defects Should Watch This Pennsylvania Supreme Court Case
    November 15, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Unfortunately, dealing with the serious and often financially debilitating issues related to defective stucco is nothing new to many Pennsylvania homeowners. In addition to repairing defective work, a homeowner’s status as a first purchaser of ...

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    Staying on the Right Side of the Law: Companies Need to be Aware of Contracting & Procurement Laws
    November 1, 2013 / Highway Builder Magazine

    Earlier this year, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced criminal charges against a former state senator, five former Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) officials and employees, and two former PTC contractors. The charges were ...

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    Brief Note
    November 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 4

    We hope you’ve had a great year and are enjoying the holiday season. We are excited to celebrate our 25th Anniversary and to share some stories from the Firm’s history with you. As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any ...

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    25 Years at a Glance
    November 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 4

    Twenty-five years ago, at the tender age of 33, I decided that the time was right to start a law firm focusing on construction and commercial clients. Together with a second-year associate named John Greenhall and a business lawyer, Cohen & ...

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    Building for Future Success
    November 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 4

    This is a great opportunity for me to share my thoughts about Cohen Seglias as I reflect upon 25 years of success and growth. First and foremost, when I joined the Firm as a 4th year associate in February of 1998, I can assure you that I never ...

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    Cohen Seglias Timeline
    November 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 4

    1988 — Firm President Roy S. Cohen forms the foundation of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC with the establishment of a three-attorney office in Philadelphia 2000 — The Firm establishes a Business Practice Group to handle real ...

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    The Growth of Our Federal Practice Group
    November 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 4

    The Firm’s merger with my boutique government contract law firm, Payne Hackenbracht & Sullivan, in 2009, was one of many milestones in the development of Cohen Seglias as one of the largest, and most successful, construction law firms in the ...

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    Q&A with Our Partners
    November 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 4

    Q: What are you most proud of? A: George — I am really proud of our commitment to providing high-quality legal services to our clients at a reasonable cost. Because of this, we have been able to serve many of our clients for a long time and our ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 4
    November 1, 2013

    We hope you’ve had a great year and are enjoying the holiday season. We are excited to celebrate our 25th Anniversary and to share some stories from the Firm’s history with you.

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    Negotiating OCP Policies: Know the Benefits and Pitfalls of an Owners and Contractors Protective Liability Policy
    October 31, 2013 / Construction Business Owner

    In recent years, more owners have requested that our law firm’s contractor clients purchase an owners and contractors protective liability policy (OCP policy), a type of insurance policy with which many contractors are unfamiliar. As OCP ...

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    Delaware County Condo Association Settles Six-Year Dispute with Pulte Homes
    October 28, 2013

    Cohen Seglias has assisted a Newtown Square, Delaware County Condominium Association in reaching a $5.6 Million settlement agreement, ending a six-year dispute with Pulte and its subsidiary Pulte Home Corporation of the Delaware Valley Homes. The ...

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    How Pay if Paid Provisions are Treated in the Empire State
    October 21, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    By: Joyce J. Sun and Peter Plevritis As a contractor or subcontractor, timely receipt of payment can be the difference between continuing to grow your company and closing its doors. Because of this, contractors and subcontractors will frequently try ...

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    Criminal Corporate Liability: What Operators Must Know About The XTO Energy Prosecution
    October 18, 2013 / Pennsylvania Independent Oil And Gas Association (PIOGA) Press

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane recently charged XTO Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, with criminal violations of the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act and the Clean Streams Law, based on an alleged discharge of waste ...

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    Judge Gene D. Cohen (Ret.) Launches “Ask Judge Gene” on CBS Philly Talk Radio 1210 WPHT
    October 17, 2013

    Cohen Seglias Partner and retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge, Gene D. Cohen, has launched a Legal Talk Radio Show on CBS Philly 1210 WPHT. The show, which airs on Sundays at 5:00 pm, aims to cover a variety of hot legal issues ...

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    Matthew Tom was awarded the 2013 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Pursuit of Justice” Legal Writing Award
    October 16, 2013

     Photo: Philadelphia Bar Association Cohen Seglias Associate, Matthew G. Tom, was awarded the 2013 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Pursuit of Justice” Legal Writing Award by the Philadelphia Bar Association. A redacted version of his winning ...

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    PA’s Right to Know Law: An Overlooked Weapon On Public Construction Projects
    October 11, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    The phrase “knowledge is power,” like most clichés, proves true more often than not – especially on construction projects where the status and amount of payments, terms of written agreements, and the content of project documents are ...

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    Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking Law
    October 11, 2013 / Cohen Seglias

    On June 21, 2012, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed the Building Energy Benchmarking Law, Bill No. 120428-A, requiring owners of nonresidential spaces of 50,000 square feet or more to track and report energy and water use. This past ...

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    ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting Delivers on Public-Private Partnerships
    October 3, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Last week, the construction law section of the American Bar Association held its annual Fall Meeting. The program, held in Washington, DC, was entitled “Capital Projects: P3s, Design-Build, and Beyond.” The ABA Forum on the Construction ...

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    Best Options To Give Financial Help to Family and Friends
    September 18, 2013 / Cohen Seglias

    Many people are feeling pretty pessimistic about their finances and are wondering how they’re going to pay their bills. Their situation may be due to layoffs or stock market fluctuations among other things. If you have family and friends that ...

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    Is BIM Worth it? Discover the Benefits and Risks
    September 18, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Risk is unavoidable. It doesn’t matter what part of a project you are involved in or if you are the architect, engineer or contractor. What does matter is having a plan because risk management brings value to your company’s work and the ...

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    Recent New Jersey Supreme Court Case Drastically Affects Mediation: What You Need to Know
    September 13, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    In the construction industry, mediation has become an extremely popular vehicle for resolving disputes that develop during and after projects. It is particularly appealing because (i) it can provide an early opportunity for the parties to resolve a ...

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    ENR Webinar: Technology for Secure Job Sites
    September 10, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Join our Construction Partner, George Pallas, for the webinar “Technology for Secure Job Sites” on September 12th with Engineering News-Record. Reducing risk on the job site begins by controlling the perimeter fence and entry gate, and ...

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    Whatever it Takes? School District of Philadelphia Sues Dozens of its Architecture and Design Professionals
    September 6, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    As schools across the country open, most people in the Delaware Valley are well aware of the School District of Philadelphia’s financial woes. As the School District considers measures to help close its massive budget deficit, it has recently ...

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    Ridge Flats, By Onion Flats, Sets the Mark for Sustainable Development in the Philadelphia Area
    August 23, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Two weeks ago, the Philadelphia Zoning Board approved the construction of Ridge Flats at 4300 Ridge Avenue in East Falls—a project proposed by developer and design-builder Onion Flats. The Project The five story building will provide 146 ...

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    Look Before You Leap: Know the Law Before Joining the Housing Boom
    August 22, 2013 / Construction Today

    John Greenhall and Anthony Bottenfield authored an article, “Look Before You Leap: Know the Law Before Joining the Housing Boom” which appeared in Construction Today Magazine. “It is common knowledge that the construction ...

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    Three Attorneys Selected for the 2014 Best Lawyers List
    August 15, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that three Cohen Seglias attorneys have been named to the 2014 Best Lawyers in America® list. George Pallas was named to the Litigation – Construction category, Marc Furman for Employment Law Management and Labor ...

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    Are Apps Taking Over the Construction Industry?
    August 14, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Loyal readers will recall our previous discussion regarding the prevalence of tablets and iPads on construction project sites.  As the industry becomes increasingly connected, user-friendly apps for mobile devices are changing the way contractors ...

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    Maryland’s First P3 Project after Recent Legislation: $2.2 billion “Purple Line” Light Rail Project
    August 9, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    As our readership knows, states are increasingly looking to public-private partnerships as a means of construction and development.  Maryland is one such state.  We previously reported that Maryland had revised its existing public private ...

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    James Gandolfini’s Will and Lessons for the Rest of Us
    August 1, 2013 / Cohen Seglias

    The unexpected death of James Gandolfini at the young age of 51 has sparked national interest about the will of the man who made Tony Soprano a household name. The problems it caused remind us about taxes, how to provide for family in a sensible ...

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    What’s New
    August 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 3

    Brief Note: We hope everyone enjoyed their summer and are now ready to gear up for a productive fall. We are excited to announce the launch of the Firm’s Facebook page! Please like our company page for timely updates on Firm news and new ...

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    Don’t Be Fooled — New Jersey Court Warns of Misleading Bid Forms
    August 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 3

    Under the New Jersey Local Public Contracts Law, bid specifications set forth a list of documents that are required to be submitted along with a bid at the time of the submission. With respect to these mandatory submission requirements, the ...

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    Building in New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy? New Rules Regarding Construction in a Flood Zone
    August 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 3

    In January, Governor Chris Christie signed an Executive Order and proposed emergency regulations regarding construction after Superstorm Sandy in flood-prone areas of New Jersey. After a public hearing in March, the emergency regulations were made ...

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    Appellate Clarification of Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law
    August 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 3

    In a recent Pennsylvania appellate court decision, the court clarified the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law in the context of when groundwork is performed as part of the planned construction, but the building is never built. The filing of a ...

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    Protect Your Customers — New Pennsylvania Case Upholds Disclaimer Waiving an Employee’s Right to Sue
    August 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 3

    Does your business require your employees to perform work or services offsite at a customer’s place of business? Are you a customer concerned with the risks associated with having third-parties perform work on your premises? Is this an issue for ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 3
    August 1, 2013

    We hope everyone enjoyed their Summer and are now ready to gear up for a productive Fall. We are excited to announce the launch of the Firm’s Facebook page! Please like our company page for timely updates on Firm news and new legislation.

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    Inherited IRA Rules – What You Don’t Know Will Cost You
    July 25, 2013 / Cohen Seglias

    People who are named as IRA beneficiaries are often unfamiliar with the IRS rules to apply to taxable distributions following the death of the account owner. The rules differ dramatically for spouse and non spouse beneficiaries. A spouse beneficiary ...

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    New Jersey Supreme Court Sheds Light on Liability for Latent Construction Defects
    July 19, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    A few weeks ago, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision that could have a profound effect on members of New Jersey’s construction community.  In Town of Kearny v. Louis F. Brandt, the Court issued two major holdings: (i) under New ...

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    Is My Surety the Same As My Insurance Carrier? Not So Much Says a Federal Court in Pennsylvania
    July 12, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    As members of the construction industry know, to describe the relationship between a surety and the party to whom it issues a surety bond (the principal) as confusing would be an understatement.  In fact, many believe that the surety-principal ...

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    New Legislation to Take Effect That Aims to Bolster NYC’s Small Business Community
    June 27, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    In just a few days, a new law (Local Law No. 1 of the City of New York for the Year 2013) will take effect in New York City aimed towards increasing participation of Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBEs) ...

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    Proposed Changes To PA Mechanics’ Lien Law Will Require Advance Notice To Preserve Lien Claim Rights
    June 20, 2013 / Cohen Seglias

    As most contractors recall, the Pennsylvania Lien Law was modified in 2007 to reinstate lien rights.  We have previously reported on proposed changes to the lien law and lien rights preservation.  Additional proposed changes to the lien law, if ...

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    Proposed Changes To PA Mechanics’ Lien Law Will Require Advance Notice To Preserve Lien Claim Rights
    June 20, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    As most contractors recall, the Pennsylvania Lien Law was modified in 2007 to reinstate lien rights.  We have previously reported on proposed changes to the lien law and lien rights preservation.  Additional proposed changes to the lien law, if ...

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    City of Philadelphia Creates Its Own Adaptation of False Claims Act
    June 14, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Employers doing business in the City of Philadelphia must pay taxes on wages (including salaries, commissions, and other forms of compensation) and net profits. A new ordinance shores up current enforcement mechanisms, arming the City with ...

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    Recent Philadelphia Building Collapse – Legal Ramifications
    June 7, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    As most people have heard, a vacant building being demolished on the corner of 22nd and Market, in Center City Philadelphia, collapsed into a thrift store this past Wednesday morning.  The collapse resulted in 6 deaths and injuries to numerous ...

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    Can I File a Mechanics’ Lien on a Building that was Never Built? Maybe…
    June 5, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    The Backdrop Since the Recession of 2008, the story of the construction project that fell through shortly after breaking ground has repeated itself far too frequently.  In too many of these situations, financing dries up, leaving owners without ...

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    Managing the Liability and Risk of BIM
    May 31, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Jennifer M. Horn will be participating in a panel discussion focused on how you can manage the financial, legal, and technical liabilities and risks when using Building Information Modeling (BIM). Reserve your seat today! Event Details: Wednesday, ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorney Named to the 2013 edition of Chambers USA
    May 28, 2013

    Cohn Seglias is pleased to announce that Marc Furman has been named to The 2013 edition of Chambers USA: Pennsylvania Labor & Employment list, band 4. He was favorably described as “very personable, very professional and very ...

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    Cohen Seglias Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
    May 17, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that thirteen attorneys have been named Super Lawyers and four attorneys have been named Rising Stars, by Law & Politics Magazine in their 2013 edition. The Firm’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyers named for their ...

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    SBA Resource Partners Receive $19 Million to Support Hurricane Sandy Small Business Recovery Efforts
    May 7, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    On April 11, 2013, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that $19 million in grants will be made to SBA resource partners to support small business recovery in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The funding is part of a package ...

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    What’s New
    May 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 2

    Brief Note We hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather! For those of you who do public work, make sure to check out the article regarding the pitfalls of seeking legal recourse against a government entity – know your rights! In addition, we ...

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    Signing Is Everything: New Pennsylvania Case Distinguishes Between Partially and Fully Executed Public Contracts
    May 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 2

    Public construction work can be attractive to contractors, especially in a down economy, because the payments are considered more secure than with private work. One major pitfall of public work, however, is that the legal recourse available to ...

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    New York City’s New Law to Enhance Participation by M/W/EBEs
    May 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 2

    New York City has a new law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2013, amending the New York City Charter and the Administrative Code of the City of New York to strengthen the City’s program to increase participation by Minority-Owned Business ...

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    Landlord Alert – HUD Issues New Rule that May Impact Tenant Screening
    May 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 2

    The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued a new rule on February 15, 2013, that calls into question whether landlords/management companies can deny tenancy to a prospect simply because of a prior criminal record or ...

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    Anticipating Retaliation Lawsuits from Your Employees
    May 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 2

    An employee that wants to sue a current or former employer cannot always just file a lawsuit in court. For a significant number of employment claims, an employee is first required to file a “Charge” with the Equal Employment Opportunity ...

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    Backcharges Assessed Against Subcontractors Can Invalidate Lower-Tier Bond Claims
    May 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 2

    A recurring, and often frustrating situation for a general contractor on a public project in Pennsylvania, is when a claim is made by a lower-tier subcontractor against the general contractor’s payment bond, which arises when a subcontractor fails ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 2
    May 1, 2013

    We hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather! For those of you who do public work, make sure to check out the article regarding the pitfalls of seeking legal recourse against a government entity – know your rights!

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    Will Pennsylvania Get It’s Own Version of the False Claims Act?
    April 29, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Law360, an on-line publication, has reported that two Pennsylvania  Democrats, Rep. Brendon Newman (D – Washington) and  Rep. Anthony DeLuca (D – Allegheny), are preparing to introduce legislation that may bring the False Claims Act ...

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    What Do You Call a Contractor Who Provides an Owner with an OCP Policy, Additional Insured Status, and Indemnification? Confused
    April 26, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    For most people, there is only one thing more excruciating than a discussion about insurance coverage: a blog post about it.  So brace yourselves dear readers. With all kidding aside, the importance for contractors and owners to understand the ins ...

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    It’s Good to Be the King: New Pennsylvania Supreme Court Case Reminds Contractors How Difficult It Can Be to Take Legal Action against the Commonwealth
    April 15, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Public construction work can be attractive to contractors, especially in a down economy, because the payments are considered more certain and secure than with private work.  One major pitfall of public work, however, is that legal recourse against ...

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    Maryland Passes Legislation Aimed at Facilitating Maryland P3 Projects
    April 4, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jason Tomasulo The Maryland Legislature recently passed House Bill 560, which makes significant revisions to Maryland’s Public-Private Partnership law, effective July 1, 2013. The genesis for the revisions was the combination of Maryland’s ...

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    Managing the Liability and Risk of BIM
    March 19, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Please join us for a professional panel covering the technological, financial, and legal aspects of: History of BIM Future of BIM Benefits and Risks of BIM BIM Documentation and the Effects Case Studies Top 5 Takeaways by Industry ...

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    Get The Lead Out – Philadelphia’s New Lead Paint Disclosure And Certification Requirements For Residential Properties
    March 8, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    December 21, 2012 was the effective date of the Philadelphia Lead Paint Bill 100011-A (the “Ordinance”), which amended Chapter 6-800 of the Philadelphia Code and established new lead paint disclosure and certification requirements for ...

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    Covered Device Recycling Act
    March 1, 2013 / Pennsylvania Perspective

    Steve Williams authored an article, “Covered Device Recycling Act” which appeared in the PMHA Newsletter, Pennsylvania Perspective. PMHA is the Pennsylvania Manufactured Housing Association.

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    Contractual Notice Provisions: Read Them, Understand Them, and Follow Them
    March 1, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    One of the most commonly overlooked yet critically impactful provisions of a construction contract is a notice provision.  In their most typical form, a contractual notice provision will require contractors to provide written notice to their ...

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    Cohen Seglias Wins Big Case for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
    February 22, 2013 / Cohen Seglias

    For many Veterans and Service-Disabled Veterans attempting to do business with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the hope outlined in the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (the “Act”) has largely ...

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    Rebuilding in New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy? Make Sure you Comply with the New Rules Regarding Construction in a Flood Zone
    February 22, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    In January, Governor Chris Christie signed an Executive Order and proposed emergency regulations to guide the rebuilding process after Superstorm Sandy in flood prone areas of New Jersey.   Before the storm, the building code and flood-proofing ...

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    5th Annual Labor & Employment Seminar
    February 19, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    Join our Labor & Employment Group and the Firm’s newest partner, Honorable Gene D. Cohen (Ret.), for a fast-paced seminar on cutting edge labor and employment law issues impacting your business. Far from an academic discussion, attendees ...

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    Architectural Billings Index Continues To Indicate Increased Construction Activity
    February 11, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer M. Horn The Architectural Billings Index (ABI), an important construction indicator, continues to show increased construction activity and economic momentum in a recent 2012 report.  For the fifth straight month, architectural billings ...

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    Maryland Governor’s Proposed Budget Allocates $373 Million for School Construction Work
    February 6, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jason C. Tomasulo In January, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley introduced his $37.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins in July 2013, and which includes a plan to spend $373 million for school construction and renovation.   ...

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    What’s New
    February 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 1

    We are very excited to announce some new additions to the firm. In addition, Lisa Wampler has been named Partner in the Construction Group; she is based in the Pittsburgh office. Please join us in welcoming and congratulating everyone! Ashling ...

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    Pay My Lawyer: Fee Shifting Provisions in New Jersey
    February 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 1

    Litigation expenses can make even the best litigation outcomes bittersweet. For that reason, whenever possible, parties take advantage of statutes and rules that force the losing party to pay for costs and attorney’s fees that were incurred in ...

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    Conway – Good News for Homeowners and Bad News for Builders
    February 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 1

    This past fall a Pennsylvania appellate court ruled in Conway v. The Cutler Group that second homeowners who purchase homes from original owners of new construction can sue builders if a home is defectively built and, as a result, uninhabitable. ...

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    Pre-Employment Criminal Background Checks – Proceed, but Proceed with Caution
    February 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 1

    Due to the increased risk of hiring an employee who has a bad track record, or who appears more likely to become a liability to the employer because of his or her criminal history, many employers routinely perform or are considering performing, ...

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    Potential Liability of a General Contractor for a Subcontractor’s Union Fund Obligations
    February 1, 2013 / Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 1

    If your company is the general contractor (“GC”) on a project, and one of your subcontractors is facing claims of non-payment of pension fund contributions to a union fund – do you know if you can be held liable for the subcontractor’s ...

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    Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 1
    February 1, 2013

    We are very excited to announce that Lisa Wampler has been named Partner in the Construction Group; she is based in the Pittsburgh office. Please join us in congratulating her!

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    Clean Construction Pilot Credit Added to LEED Certification Rating System
    February 1, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    By: Lane Kelman and Lori Wisniewski Azzara In an effort to reduce exposure to diesel exhaust in and around construction areas, on January 18, 2013, the US Green Building Counsel announced a Clean Construction Pilot Credit that can count toward ...

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    New Pennsylvania Case: When Does a Contractor’s Mechanics’ Lien Rights Begin to Expire?
    January 22, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    By: Tony Byler and Kathleen Morley Mechanics’ lien claims are powerful tools for contractors and suppliers who are owed payment for work or materials. To be enforceable, the contractor or supplier (“Contractor”) must file a lien claim within ...

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    Attention Pennsylvania Home Builders: The Warranty of Habitability May Extend to Subsequent Purchasers
    January 11, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    By John A. Greenhall and Jennifer R. Budd For decades, Pennsylvania Courts have limited the scope of the implied warranty of habitability to the first user of the home. For the first time, in Conway v. Cutler Group, Inc., the Pennsylvania Superior ...

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    Lisa M. Wampler Named Partner with Cohen Seglias
    January 2, 2013

    Firm Announces Attorney Promotions; First Female Construction Partner in the Pittsburgh Office  Philadelphia – January 2, 2013 – Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC is pleased to announce that Lisa M. Wampler has been promoted to a ...

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    Judge Gene D. Cohen (Ret.) Joins Cohen Seglias
    January 2, 2013

    Firm Announces New Lateral Hires and Attorney Promotions Philadelphia – January 2, 2013 – Cohen Seglias is pleased to announce that Judge Gene D. Cohen (Ret.) has joined the Firm as a Partner in the Commercial Litigation Group. Since leaving the ...

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    Protecting Supplier Lien Rights in New Jersey – Follow the Money
    January 2, 2013 / Construction Law Now

    By: Tony Byler and Daniella Gordon Suppliers frequently provide supplies on lines of credit to contractor customers who are involved in multiple construction projects.  In an ideal world, both the customer and the supplier would maintain accounting ...

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    Hurricane Sandy, Issues Relevant to Commercial Landlords and Tenants
    December 11, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    As commercial property owners and their tenants assess the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, they need to understand their rights and obligations under leases, mortgage loan documents, and insurance policies. LEASE PROVISIONS As a result of storm ...

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    Call For Artists/Sustainability Champions/Green Creators of All Shapes and Sizes
    December 6, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is coming to Philly November 20-22, 2013 and we are actively seeking proposals for the annual Legacy Project. The Legacy project could be anything from a straw bale playhouse or school gardening ...

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    Precasters’ Opportunities & Liability in Green Projects
    November 30, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    Cohen Seglias Partner Lane Kelman and Associate Lori Wisniewski Azzara recently authored an article, “Precasters’ Opportunities & Liability in Green Projects” which appeared in the November/December issue of Precast, Inc. ...

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    New York U.S. Attorney’s Office Expands Inquiry into Fraudulent Billing Practices
    November 21, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Daniella Gordon and Jennifer M. Horn Several top New York construction companies have been served with federal subpoenas seeking information regarding their billing practices in connection with New York public works projects.  Skansa USA ...

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    Potential for Design-Build Bidding At the New Jersey Turnpike Authority – What You Need to Know
    November 13, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer R. Budd and George E. Pallas A bill allowing the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (“NJTA”) to enter into design-build contracts has been introduced in the New Jersey Assembly (A1561) and the Senate (S1211). The NJTA is the entity ...

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    Measures to Prevent Damages in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
    November 2, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Lane F. Kelman and Jennifer R. Budd Cohen Seglias hopes that you, your friends and family made it through Hurricane Sandy unharmed and without great loss. This storm caused billions of dollars of damage up and down the Northeast Corridor and ...

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    Philadelphia’s Actual Value Initiative and Homestead Exemption – How to Soften The Blow of Property Tax Increases
    October 25, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Marian Kornilowicz and Mark Leavy If you are a resident of Philadelphia, then you likely know about the ongoing turmoil surrounding Mayor Nutter’s pursuit of real estate tax reform. His plan is known as the Actual Value Initiative, or AVI, and ...

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    New Gender Equity Notice Requirement for New Jersey Employers
    October 12, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Melissa C. Angeline The New Jersey legislature recently enacted a law requiring employers to post and distribute written notices informing employees of their “right to be free from gender inequity or bias in pay, compensation, benefits or ...

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    Presentation & Networking Cocktail Reception – Avoiding the Pitfalls in Federal Construction Contracting
    October 4, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    Please join our Federal Contracting Practice Group for a Networking Cocktail Reception preceded by a precise presentation on Avoiding the Pitfalls in Federal Construction Contracting. This networking event will facilitate interaction between large ...

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    The Check’s In the Mail? In New Jersey, You’d Better Mean It
    September 28, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    Separate but commonly owned or related companies are common place in the construction industry. It is also common for contractors to get squeezed by late or nonpaying owners and/or subcontractors demanding payment for work performed. A recent case ...

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    Electronic Document Retention: How You Are Handling E-Documents Can Be Critical to Your Company’s Survival
    September 14, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    Construction today is not your father’s industry. With the growing use of electronic forms of communication and document creation, the rules have changed. Businesses continue to strive for a paperless office. Now, rather than drowning in ...

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    New Jersey Legislature Considers Permanent Debarment for Contractors Convicted of Fraud in Connection with the Execution of Public Contracts
    September 4, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Daniella Gordon and Jennifer M. Horn The New Jersey legislature is considering a bill which would permanently bar contractors who are convicted of fraud in connection with work on government contracts from bidding on future public contracts in ...

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    Update Regarding House Bill 109 – For Delaware Construction Projects, Legislature Overrides Choice of Law and Venue Provisions In Some Construction Contracts
    August 27, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Scott T. Earle and Jennifer M. Horn The recently passed and amended Delaware House Bill 109 (“HB 109”) has important implications for anyone concerned with construction law in Delaware. According to amended HB 109, any provision in a ...

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    Gist of the Action Doctrine Gains Traction in Pennsylvania
    August 10, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer M. Horn The “Gist of the Action” Doctrine may bar plaintiffs from asserting tort-based claims, such as fraud, where the “gist” of the lawsuit is the breach of a contract. Although the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has not yet ...

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    Getting One’s Priorities Straight: Bank vs. Contractor – PA Case Could Have A Significant Impact
    August 6, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Daniel E. Fierstein and Jennifer M. Horn Banks do not typically loan money if they can not be assured “priority” status over any other encumbrances that may arise. “Priority” in this context refers to the order in which various ...

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    Philadelphia Now Requires Commercial Energy and Water Use Reporting
    July 27, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Lori Wisniewski Azzara and Robert G. Ruggieri Philadelphia City Counsel recently passed Bill No. 120428-A, which amends Chapter 9-3400 of The Philadelphia Code, to establish a system of benchmarking and reporting energy and water usage data for ...

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    Pennsylvania Now Requires E-Verify on Public Work
    July 17, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By Mark J. Leavy and Marc Furman On July 5, 2012, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law the Public Works Employment Verification Act. The law will take effect January 1, 2013. The law requires contractors and subcontractors on “public ...

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    Pennsylvania Law Amends the Landlord and Tenant Act
    July 16, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Steve Williams Pennsylvania now has a law that prescribes how landlords must handle a tenant’s abandoned property in certain circumstances. Senate Bill 887 was signed into law by Governor Corbett on July 5, 2012 (as Act 129-2012), becomes ...

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    Pennsylvania Passes Public-Private Partnership (P3) Law
    July 13, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jason C. Tomasulo Governor Corbett recently signed legislation to encourage the financing and investment by private industry aimed at addressing Pennsylvania’s aging infrastructure needs, lack of adequate funding, and anticipated growing ...

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    On a Construction Site: Think Before You Speak
    June 29, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Kathleen M. Morley and Jennifer M. Horn The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently issued a decision in the case of Bennett v. Masterpiece Homes et al. in which the Court found that an owner of a construction company personally assumed ...

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    Pennsylvania Court Finds That Use of a Subcontractor’s Bid Does Not Create a Contract
    June 22, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Robert J. O’Brien and Robert G. Ruggieri In a matter of first impression in Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Court in Ribarchak v. Municipal Authority of the City of Monongahela recently addressed the issue of whether the use of a ...

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    2012 International Green Construction Code Released
    May 31, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Lane Kelman and Lori Wisniewski Azzara After three years of public hearings and input from industry specialists, the International Code Counsel (ICC) recently released the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), which is the first ...

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    Green Jobs Account For 2.4% Of Employment In 2010
    May 22, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Lane Kelman and Lori Wisniewski Azzara In its first-ever survey of green goods and service jobs, the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently reported that “green” jobs accounted for 2.4% of the nation’s total ...

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    Building a Sustainable Business: Managing Risks and Reaping Rewards in Green Building – Upcoming Event
    May 18, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    Green building is more popular than ever, and achieving LEED certification for projects is a mark of distinction. Construction companies and developers need to understand how they can effectively manage the risks and reap the rewards of these ...

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    EMPLOYERS: Hold Off Posting Notice of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act
    May 2, 2012 / Cohen Seglias

    A federal appeals court has temporarily enjoined the April 30, 2012 deadline for employers to post the Notice of Employee Rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently ordered that the ...

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    Virginia Shortens Sub-subcontractors’ Time to Provide Notice on Public Payment Bond Claims
    May 2, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jason C. Tomasulo An amendment to the Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA) has cut in half the amount of time a sub-subcontractor or supplier has to make a payment bond claim on public construction and transportation projects in Virginia. ...

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    Q&A with Evan A. Blaker
    April 18, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer M. Horn and Robert Ruggieri Partner Evan A. Blaker recently joined Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC. We sat down with him to discuss his background and his thoughts on the state of the construction industry. Keep reading ...

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    Supreme Court Limits Prevailing Wage Obligations In Mixed-Funding, Multi-Phase Construction Projects
    April 13, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Melissa Angeline The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently limited application of the prevailing wage law to multi-phase construction projects involving a mix of private and public funding. In 500 James Hance Ct. v. Pa. Prevailing Wage Appeals ...

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    Primer Piece – “No Damage for Delay” Clauses
    April 6, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer M. Horn As part of an ongoing series, Construction Law Signal will examine basic construction contract clauses and offer tips for navigating the nuanced arena that is the negotiated construction contract. “No Damage for Delay” ...

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    Breaking Bad: Top Signs That The Subcontractor Is In Trouble
    March 9, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    It goes without saying that subcontractor management is a tricky business for those who select and contract with subcontractors in these interesting economic times. The earlier a general contractor can recognize the warning signs of a ...

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    LEED-Certified Existing Buildings Surpass New Construction
    February 17, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Lori Wisniewski Azzara and Jennifer M. Horn According to a recent report from the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED-certified existing buildings are outpacing their newly built counterparts for the first time. As of December 2011, the square ...

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    Montgomery County, Maryland Changes Aimed at Facilitating Construction
    February 9, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jason C. Tomasulo Montgomery County, Maryland, recently simplified its construction permitting and inspection processes to better accommodate businesses and developers. Montgomery County consolidated the inspection of fire protection systems ...

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    Q&A with Maryland Construction Network’s Founder, Rob Bertazon
    February 1, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    I recently had the pleasure to chat with Robert W. Bertazon, founder of Maryland Construction Network, an innovative forum for the Maryland construction industry. I asked Mr. Bertazon to comment on the genesis of the Maryland Construction Network ...

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    Definition of “subcontractor” in Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law Given Liberal Interpretation by Pennsylvania Superior Court
    January 16, 2012 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jason A. Copley and Lori Wisniewski Azzara  On January 6, 2012, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, in a 7-2 decision, significantly expanded the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law’s definition of a “subcontractor” in Bricklayers of ...

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    Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Among the Top Cities to Employ Green Infrastructure to Address Stormwater Challenges
    December 21, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Lori Wisniewski Azzara and Jennifer M. Horn As a follow up to its 2006 report, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has issued a new report – Rooftops to Rivers II – that provides case studies for 14 geographically diverse cities ...

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    Mayor Nutter Signs a Pro-Project Labor Agreement Executive Order for Philadelphia Public Building Projects
    December 12, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Mark Leavy and Marc Furman On November 29, 2011, Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed Executive Order No. 15-11: “Public Works Project Labor Agreements”. The Order strongly recommends – but does not strictly require – the use of ...

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    What’s in a Name? Pennsylvania Decennial Filing Deadline -December 31, 2011
    November 23, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Marian A. Kornilowicz The Pennsylvania Department of State Corporation Bureau (Corporate Bureau) identifies entities that may no longer be in existence in order to make their names available for use by new active entities. To make sure your ...

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    New Jersey Employer Alert: New Posting Requirement Effective November 7, 2011
    November 14, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Melissa C. Angeline On November 7, 2011, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) released a new 6-page workplace notice for all New Jersey employers. The Employer Obligation to Maintain and Report Records Regarding ...

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    Unlicensed Subcontractor’s Claim Against General Contractor Valid
    November 3, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer M. Horn For over ninety years, Maryland’s Court of Appeals has refused to honor the claims of unlicensed entities, including those of subcontractors and contractors who failed to adhere to the applicable regulatory licensing ...

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    Construction Trust Funds Act Introduced to Pennsylvania Senate
    October 27, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Lori Wisniewski Azzara and Robert G. Ruggieri On October 20, 2011, Senate Bill No. 1227 was introduced to the Pennsylvania Senate. The bill requires that funds paid by an owner to a contractor for work performed and/or materials furnished by a ...

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    PA Court Deems PennDot’s Design-Build Best-Value Bid Procurement Illegal
    October 20, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer Horn In a decision this month PennDot’s Design-Build Best-Value Bid (DBBV) procurement method has been deemed illegal by Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court. Strengthening earlier rulings, the Court noted that the illegality of the ...

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    President Obama Selects 14 Infrastructure Projects for Fast-Track
    October 13, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jason Tomasulo A number of outlets including Infrastructure Investor and the Washington Post are reporting the announcement by the Obama Administration of 14 projects that will be expedited through the permitting and environmental review ...

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    NEW UPDATE: Employers Catch A Break With Postponement of Employee Rights Notice Requirement
    October 7, 2011 / Cohen Seglias

    Just in time for the Fall Classic! Within moments after sending Wednesday’s email update about the National Labor Relations Board’s publication of its employee rights notice, we learned that the Board decided to push back the notice deadline to ...

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    NEW UPDATE: Employers Catch A Break With Postponement of Employee Rights Notice Requirement
    October 7, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Melissa C. Angeline In its October 5, 2011 press release, the National Labor Relations Board states that it has postponed the November 2011 deadline for employers to post the “Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act” notice. ...

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    Update: National Labor Relations Board Releases Employee Rights Poster
    October 5, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    The National Labor Relations Board has published its new poster, titled “Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act.” As previously reported on our blog, the Board recently adopted a new rule requiring private employers to post a ...

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    Are Tablet Computers Taking Over the Construction Site?
    September 23, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer M. Horn Construction owners and managers are utilizing computer tablets such as the iPad more and more on the job site to help streamline business. Engineering News Record posted a video clip and article about a few construction ...

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    The Perils of Contracting with Public Entities in Maryland
    September 16, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer M. Horn and Robert Ruggieri A September 1, 2011 decision by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals reminds us of the critical importance of strictly following contractual and procurement procedures before performing change order work for ...

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    New $44M Cancer Center to Break Ground in Lancaster, PA
    September 9, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer M. Horn On September 14th, Lancaster General Health (LGH) is set to break ground on the new Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Center. According to the press release from the LGH, the 70,000 square foot, $44 million center will, “bring ...

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    Proposed Legislation to Address Decreased Value of Solar Renewable Energy Credits In New Jersey
    September 8, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Christopher Soper and Lane Kelman Recently New Jersey State Senator, Bob Smith (D., Middlesex), chairman of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, explained that New Jersey has “done such a good job at stimulating solar that the market ...

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    National Labor Relations Board to Require Employers to Post Employee Rights Notice
    September 1, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Melissa C. Angeline On August 25, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board announced a new rule that requires private employers to post a notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). By November 14, ...

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    What if the Earthquake had Struck in Philadelphia?
    August 26, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer M. Horn The Philadelphia Inquirer posted an interesting article about what would have happened if the 5.8 earthquake that struck the east cost on August 24, 2011 had been closer to the city. According to the article, Philadelphia would ...

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    New Technology Launched to Monitor Heat Risks
    August 25, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer M. Horn The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a new smart phone application that will “enable workers and supervisors to monitor the heat index at their work sites in order to prevent heat-related ...

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    Questions about the Impact of Sloan v. Liberty Mutual
    August 19, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Robert Ruggieri Last week we blogged about an important decision recently handed down by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on the enforceability of pay-if-paid provisions in Pennsylvania. In Sloan & Company v. Liberty Mutual Insurance ...

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    What Employers Can Ask About Criminal Backgrounds during the Hiring Process
    August 18, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Melissa C. Angeline Philadelphia has become the first major city to bar private employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background. The “Ban the Box” law, otherwise known as the Fair Criminal Record Screening ...

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    For Subcontractors Filing Mechanics’ Liens in Maryland: Clarification of “Owner”
    August 14, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer M. Horn As all subcontractors are aware, mechanics’ lien rights are precious tools to recover payment on a project for work performed. Often with the aid of a title search, subcontractors and their counsel strive to ascertain the ...

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    The Third Circuit Weighs In On Pay-If-Paid/Pay-When-Paid Clauses
    August 12, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jennifer M. Horn In a precedential opinion that overturned a Pennsylvania District Court ruling, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (the Third Circuit) interpreted several important provisions of a construction contract. ...

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    Delaware Construction Legislation Stalls in the Senate
    August 5, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Scott T. Earle House Bill 109 (HB 109), which was passed by the House of Representatives, has stalled out in the Senate. This Bill was a proposed amendment to Title 6, Chapter 35 of the Delaware Code Building and Construction Payments section ...

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    We Need Technology to Boost Our Traffic Management
    July 29, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    “Technology has transformed dozens of ways we interact with the world. How we communicate, learn, work, entertain, and provide for ourselves have all been radically altered by computers, sensors, and software. One area where technology is ...

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    Pennsylvania Adopts New Fair Share Act that Limits Joint Liability in Negligence Actions
    July 25, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    By: Jason A. Copley and Kathleen M. Morely Contractors and subcontractors, and really any business associated with construction, should be pleased with a new law that just took effect in Pennsylvania. In cases where there is more than one defendant, ...

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    Too Much of a Good Thing Damages the Value of Solar Certificates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
    July 22, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Over the past couple of years, the solar industry has thrived in Pennsylvania and New Jersey due to federal and state programs that have provided hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives. These programs are necessary for solar energy to compete ...

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    For Contractors Performing Home Improvements In New Jersey: The Consumer Fraud Act Applies
    July 21, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    If you are a Contractor performing residential home improvement work in New Jersey, a recent case clarifies that you may be subject to Consumer Fraud Act claims even when your contract is with a homeowner who serves as a “general ...

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    PA High Court Restricts PennDot’s Design-Build Best Value Bid Procurement
    July 16, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    As many contractors know, Pennsylvania’s attempt to formulate and use innovative procurement methods has incurred a series of setbacks from the Commonwealth’s appellate courts. The latest setback came when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found ...

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    Maryland’s Adoption of the International Green Construction Code Raises More Questions Than Answers
    July 15, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    As many in the industry are aware, Maryland became the first state to fully adopt the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) when Governor Martin O’Malley signed HB 972, effective March 1, 2012. In response to our IGCC blog post on this ...

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    For Contractors Bidding on Public Jobs in NJ: Court Clarifies “Aggregate Rating”
    July 8, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    If you are a contractor bidding on public projects in New Jersey, a recent NJ case sheds light on an aggregate rating requirement which, if violated, could cause your bid to be disqualified. What Are Aggregate Rating Requirements Under NJ Law? Most ...

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    Use of Inflatable Rats by Unions Found Acceptable by NLRB
    July 7, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Look familiar? If you have not already seen the infamous “inflatable rat” in a neighborhood near you, it is likely that you are going to see one soon. This comes as a result of a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board ...

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    New Jersey Considering Leasing Portions of the Continental Shelf to Wind Power Developers
    July 1, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    The State of New Jersey, in conjunction with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), is exploring the possibility of leasing portions of the continental shelf to wind power developers and studying the feasibility ...

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    Philadelphia Zoo Breaks Ground on First LEED Rated Building
    July 1, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    The Philadelphia Zoo recently broke ground on the brand new Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo and Education Center. The Zoo website describes the center as a “joyful, engaging experience for children and families while promoting a lifetime ...

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    Update on PA House Bill 1602: Proposed Legislative Changes to Pennsylvania’s Mechanic’s Lien Law
    June 23, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Last week, Pennsylvania’s House Labor and Industry Committee considered PA House Bill 1602  (HB 1602). Construction industry experts, including Cohen Seglias’ own Jason A. Copley, critiqued the bill in testimony presented at a televised public ...

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    World’s First BIM Claim
    June 22, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a technological process that allows building and construction data to be modeled and managed three dimensionally. The technology can be used to represent a building in ways that the more traditional drawings ...

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    Pennsylvania Superior Court Permits Mechanic’s Lien Claim For Excavation Work Despite Cancellation of Project
    June 16, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    On June 7, 2011, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, in what appears to be a departure from past rulings and conventional interpretations of Pennsylvania’s Mechanic’s Lien Law (Lien Law), issued a ruling that permits an excavating contractor to ...

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    Philadelphia Water Department Storm Water Management Rate Changes: How the New Structure Could Impact your Business
    June 14, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has enacted a new method for charging customers for Storm Water Management Services (Services). It is important to understand the new rating system, as it could significantly impact all property owners in ...

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    Update on House Bill 377 – Residential Sprinkler Law Repealed
    June 10, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Pennsylvania Governor Corbett has signed, House Bill 377 (HB 377) into law. The new law repeals the sprinkler mandate that became effective on January 1, 2011 that required builders to install sprinkler systems in all new single- and two-family ...

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    Mid-Atlantic Construction Update
    June 8, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Pennsylvania: PNC Financial Services Group (PNC) is moving its headquarters to Pittsburgh. PNC, which is the largest bank in Pennsylvania, plans to build a $400 million “green” office structure in downtown Pittsburgh, which will create ...

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    Maryland Becomes the First State to Fully Adopt the International Green Construction Code
    June 2, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley recently signed bill MD HB 972 into law, effective March 1, 2012. The law “authorizes the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development to adopt the IGCC, while allowing local jurisdictions to ...

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    Maryland’s Job Applicant Fairness Act
    May 23, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    The “Job Applicant Fairness Act,” (the Act) signed into law on April 12, 2011, prohibits most Maryland employers from using credit reports and credit histories as a means of determining hiring and retention. Generally, employers are ...

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    Philadelphia’s Historic Preservation Alliance Honors Local Preservation Heroes
    May 19, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Earlier this week, Philadelphia’s Historic Preservation Alliance hosted its Eighteenth Annual Achievement Awards, where individuals and organizations were honored for significant contributions to historic preservation. Congratulations to the ...

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    Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center Highlights Need for Evaluation of LEED Buildings After Construction
    May 17, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    A recent study of Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC) showed that the building has been “wasting energy” for years. The finding has brought much criticism from taxpayers. The study performed by the Green ...

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    Mid-Atlantic Construction Update: Looking Up?
    May 12, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Is construction picking up throughout the Mid-Atlantic region? Here are just a few summaries of headlines for Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania Maryland: As of March 2011, construction projects in several Maryland counties continue to increase, ...

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    West Virginia Construction Industry Update
    May 9, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    It is hard to dispute that the past three years have been difficult for West Virginia’s construction industry, and so far 2011 hasn’t seen much improvement. Employment in the construction industry is down approximately 10% this year over ...

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    Recent Advances in Green Building
    May 6, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    International Energy Conservation Code Upgrades The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) has been upgraded to require that newly constructed and renovated residential and commercial buildings achieve energy savings 30% higher than the ...

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    These (Construction) Boots Were Made for Walkin’ (Across State Borders)
    May 5, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    For an increasing number of contractors, survival in the current economy has resulted in the need to find and secure work in other states. The migration of contractors to neighboring states is apparent throughout the country. Besides the work ...

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    Upcoming Event: How Does the Law Change When Contractors Cross State Borders?
    May 4, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Cohen Seglias is hosting a series of seminars, throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, for regional contractors and trade subcontractors whose work areas span multiple states. The “Crossing Borders” program highlights distinctions in the laws of ...

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    Maryland Court of Appeals Issues BEKA Decision – County Boards of Education Can be Sued for Contract Disputes
    April 28, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    On April 26, 2011, the Maryland Court of Appeals (Court of Appeals) issued a decision in BEKA Industries, Inc. v. Worcester County Bd. of Education. This case involves a number of issues, the most significant of which is the application, extent and ...

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    New Jersey to Spend $800M on Turnpike Upgrades
    April 28, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    New Jersey Turnpike officials recently announced that they expect to advertise approximately $800 million in Turnpike related construction projects to be completed by February 2012. The projects will include road widening, bridge deck, resurfacing, ...

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    Pennsylvania Rail System Receives $6.8M Grant
    April 25, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    With Marcellus Shale natural gas continuing to grow in demand, it has become increasingly important to update the rail systems used to transport the product. With this in mind, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on April 18, 2011, announced a ...

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    New Energy Grants Help to Expand Alternative Fuel, Clean Energy and Efficiency Sectors in Pennsylvania
    April 21, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    On April 8, 2011, the Commonwealth Financing Authority announced its approval of $6.5 million in new alternative and clean energy grants. According to C. Alan Walker, acting Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development, these ...

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    Cohen Seglias Co-Hosts Solar Networking Event
    April 18, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Two weeks ago, April 3-5, the 2011 PV America conference was held in Philadelphia. More than 3,000 attendees, including PV manufacturers, distributors and installers, industry financiers and project developers, converged upon the Pennsylvania ...

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    Residential Sprinklers – Update on HB 377
    April 14, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    On April 12, 2011, the Pennsylvania Senate voted to pass House Bill 377 (HB 377). The Senate’s version of the bill contained some changes, and HB 377 was sent back to the House for a concurrence vote. A day later, the House voted to approve ...

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    Subcontractors Wanted for Construction of Maryland Live! Casino
    April 14, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Maryland Live! Casino, which broke ground in January of this year, is hosting an event on Monday, April 18, 2011, “for subcontractors, vendors and suppliers to participate in the construction of the $200 million project.” Casino management is ...

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    New Baltimore Task Force Plans to Reduce Building Vacancies
    April 11, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    According to the Baltimore Business Journal, downtown Baltimore’s office vacancy rate is, amazingly, about 19%. A new task force, co-chaired by  J. Kirby Fowler, President of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Inc. and Colin Tarbert, Deputy ...

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    Graterford Prison Contract to Be Rebid
    April 1, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    The on-again-off-again Graterford Prison project has just met another hurdle. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s administration just announced that the Department of General Services will re-bid the project to include a new death row wing, and a ...

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    3rd Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar Recap
    March 30, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    On March 24, 2011, Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman’s Labor & Employment Group hosted the 3rd Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia. About 70 people attended the half-day seminar to ...

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    Targeting Growth Markets in the Mid-Atlantic Region: Three Economists Opine
    March 26, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    What do leading economists have to say about an economic recovery for the construction industry? The reviews are mixed, but hopeful. The following three economists recently spoke at an American Institute of Architects (AIA) sponsored webinar in ...

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    New Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program
    March 25, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) held an event during which Karen Waigand, the Women’s Business Coordinator for the Small Business Administration (SBA), spoke about the ...

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    Upcoming Event: Unraveling the Mysteries of Federal Construction Contracting
    March 18, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    In order to succeed in today’s world of federal construction contracting, with emphasis on “best value,” indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracting, and teaming arrangements, a contractor must have a thorough understanding of ...

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    Maryland-Based Minority Owned Business Needed for $115M Broadband Project
    March 17, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    The Baltimore Business Journal reported on March 14, 2011, that, “Howard County (Maryland) is recruiting small and minority-owned businesses to help build the state’s $115 million “One Maryland Broadband network.” The proposed One Maryland ...

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    U.S. Nuclear Power Plants to be Re-Evaluated in Light of Japan’s Earthquake
    March 16, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    With reports still coming in about the devastation in Japan, one thing is clear: had the 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck a populated coastal region of the United States, even greater destruction would have occurred. In terms of earthquake and ...

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    Real Estate Q&A with Grubb & Ellis’ Anne Klein, Senior Vice President of the Southern New Jersey Office
    March 11, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Ms. Anne Klein, Senior Vice President of the Office Services Group of Grubb & Ellis’ Southern New Jersey Office, where she serves as a senior broker. With 26 years of experience in the ...

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    Baltimore Construction: Things Are Looking Up
    March 11, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    According to a recent study released by McGraw Hill Construction, “Contracts for future commercial construction in the Baltimore-Towson Metropolitan statistical area for January 2011 were up 72 percent when compared to the same month in ...

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    Indiana Power Plant Demonstrates the Consequences of a Poorly Managed Project
    March 10, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    In 2006, Duke Energy Corp. (Duke) estimated that it would cost $1.6 billion to build a massive 630-megawatt power plant in Edwardsport, Indiana (the Project). From 2006 to the present, the price for constructing the Project has grown to $2.9 ...

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    New Zealand’s Quake Topples Contemporary Buildings – Even Those with Seismic Retrofitting
    March 3, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    The powerful 6.3 magnitude shallow earthquake that hit New Zealand last week struck less than 6 miles from Christchurch’s historic downtown district, and only about 3 miles below the surface. Engineers were not surprised by the damage and ...

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    New Jersey Announces $584M Plan to Renovate and Rebuild 10 Schools
    February 24, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that 10 schools in the state will receive a total of $584 million through the Schools Development Authority (SDA) to rebuild and renovate existing space. In addition to the allocated money, $100 million ...

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    Maryland Awards $11.1 Million for Sustainable Building Projects
    February 18, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Governor Martin O’Malley recently announced that through the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program, ten different projects throughout Maryland received grants totaling $11.1 million towards sustainable construction. O’Malley said ...

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    Upcoming Event: Are You Prepared to Face a Construction Claim?
    February 16, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Join Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, PC and Karden Construction Services, Inc. for an informative seminar that will be invaluable to contractors conducting business in the current economic climate. In today’s competitive ...

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    New Jersey Construction Lien Law Changes: Protect Your Right to Get Paid
    February 15, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently enacted legislation revising the New Jersey Construction Lien Law, which was last amended in 1994. The amendments are effective immediately and include changes to critical timing, definitional, and ...

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    New Jersey Establishes Process for Bid Withdrawal
    February 14, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Since public bidding began in the State of New Jersey, contractors have had to be especially diligent in the computation and review of their bid packages. This is because New Jersey has remained one of the few states that does not have an ...

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    Lancaster, PA, Bans Project Labor Agreements on County-Funded Projects
    February 10, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners announced on January 26, 2011, that they passed an ordinance banning the use of project labor agreements (PLAs) “on all county-funded construction projects.” With the passage of Ordinance 99, all ...

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    SBA Offers Federal Contract Program for Women-Owned Small Businesses
    February 8, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Cohen Seglias partner Edward T. DeLisle recently wrote the following post for our sister blog, Federal Construction Contracting Blog, which we thought would be of interest to Construction Law Signal readers as well. As of Friday, February 4, 2011, ...

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    New Jersey Governor Signs Power Plant Bill and Tax Reimbursement for Revel Casino
    February 7, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Update: Christie Signs NJ Power Plant Bill New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law last Friday the controversial power plant bill (S-2381) that, among other things, is aimed to lower energy rates by increasing the energy generated ...

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    Delaware Department of Transportation Files Lawsuit Over Indian River Bridge
    January 31, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDot) recently filed a lawsuit for $19.6 million in damages against Florida based engineering contractor Figg Bridge Engineers (Figg) and its engineering subcontractor MACTEC Engineering (MACTEC). The ...

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    IGCC Public Version 2.0 Released
    January 27, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Christopher P. Soper, LEED® AP contributed to this post. To further the efforts to reduce the negative impact that buildings can have on the environment the International Code Counsel (ICC) created the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) ...

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    Q&A with Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.’s Chief Economist, Anirban Basu
    January 24, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Economic Forecast for the 2011 Construction Industry: Outlook Good? I recently had the pleasure to chat with Mr. Anirban Basu, Chief Economist for the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) and Chairman & CEO of the economic and policy ...

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    Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Fraud: New Trends
    January 20, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Lane F. Kelman contributed to this post. A recent increase in fraud investigations relating to disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) has caused companies to revisit the qualifications of the DBEs they work with. Two recent investigations in New ...

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    Heated Debate over NJ Power-Plant Bill
    January 20, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    A controversial bill, know as “LS Power Bill” has recently put New Jersey Governor Chris Christie under some pressure. The bill, A. 3442, is a reaction to regional power-grid operator PJM Interconnection’s (PJM) reliability pricing ...

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    Protecting Against Faulty Workmanship Claims
    January 17, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Recent Pennsylvania court decisions have virtually eliminated any insurance coverage under commercial general liability policies for claims brought against general contractors arising from the faulty workmanship of their subcontractors. Jonathan A. ...

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    Allentown Enacts Project Labor Agreement
    January 17, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    On December 15, 2010, Allentown’s City Council passed a bill that requires contractors to sign project labor agreements (PLAs), as a condition to receiving contracts for work on construction projects sponsored by the City of Allentown. This ...

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    Luxury Philadelphia High-Rise 10 Rittenhouse in Bankruptcy
    January 11, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    The developer of 10 Rittenhouse, the luxury Philadelphia condominium building with 33 floors and units priced from $600,000 to $15 million, recently filed for bankruptcy protection under the court’s Chapter 11 procedures. In doing so, the ...

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    Presentation: The Green Building Trend: Environmental Issues that Impact the Developer
    January 11, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    On February 16, 2010, Cohen Seglias partner Lane F. Kelman will present a program to The Environmental Information Association’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter on the interrelationship between the current trends in Green Building, the environmental ...

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    How Will the Tax Relief Act of 2010 Impact Your Estate Plan?
    January 9, 2011 / Cohen Seglias

    On December 17, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Act).  The compromise legislation became effective on January 1, 2011, but is only temporary, as most ...

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    Transportation Becoming a Priority in PA and NJ
    January 7, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    On September 6, 2010, President Barack Obama proposed a six-year, $50 billion plan to rebuild the nation’s highways, railways and airport runways. Obama’s plan includes rebuilding 150,000 miles of roads, construction and maintenance of ...

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    Subcontractors in Pennsylvania Must Be Careful When Filing a Lien for Work Performed On Multiple Plots of Land
    January 6, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    Smart contractors now more than ever must be vigilant about preserving their rights to mechanics’ liens. Lien rights provide another avenue of protection if and when payment is not made for work performed. Contractors should beware however, ...

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    Four Seasons to Finish New $197M Hotel in Maryland
    January 5, 2011 / Construction Law Now

    The luxury hotel chain, the Four Seasons, has been building an 18-story, 256-room hotel in Harbor East, Baltimore for over a year now. Until now, they have not been able to fully finance the $197 million project. On Thursday, January 6, 2011, ...

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    What’s on the Outside DOES Count in Philadelphia
    December 30, 2010 / Construction Law Now

    Building owners in the City of Philadelphia had better start paying closer attention to what’s on the outside. Earlier this year, Mayor Michael Nutter signed an ordinance — Periodic Inspection of Exterior Walls and Appurtenances of ...

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    New Jersey at the Forefront of Solar Power
    December 28, 2010 / Construction Law Now

    In terms of solar power, New Jersey is very progressive. New Jersey is a frontrunner in renewable energy production, and currently has the second highest capacity of solar power in the country – California is first. The Garden State’s ...

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    Pennsylvania Superior Court to Hear Re-Argument on Important Case Regarding Attorney-Expert Communications
    December 23, 2010 / Construction Law Now

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court has decided to reconsider its own recent ruling that made information considered by an expert fair ground for full discovery by other parties in the lawsuit. Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital On September 16, 2010, in ...

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    Pennsylvania Update: The HICPA Crackdown Continues
    December 16, 2010 / Construction Law Now

    The Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act, HICPA, went into effect on July 1, 2009. HICPA was designed to protect purchasers of home improvement services from contractors engaging in deceitful business practices or doing shoddy ...

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    Pennsylvania Governor Announces New State Investments – 400 Construction Jobs to be Created
    December 15, 2010 / Construction Law Now

    Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell announced Monday that new state investments for Warren and Erie counties have been approved. The new projects will receive $45 million in state funding and $68 million in private funding and will create more than 400 ...

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    Perfecting Mechanics’ Liens in Pennsylvania
    December 9, 2010 / Construction Law Now

    Contractors and subcontractors must be particularly vigilant in protecting their lien rights in these uncertain economic times. Despite an investment of time and labor into a project, contractors and subcontractors may be faced with a defaulting ...

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    The Philadelphia Eagles to Build First Ever Renewable Energy Sports Stadium
    December 8, 2010 / Construction Law Now

    A new trend in sports stadiums becoming environmentally friendly has begun to take off. The new Meadowlands Stadium, home to the New York Jets and New York Giants, was built “green” using 40,000 tons of recycled steel and features solar ...

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    Philadelphia Airport Plans Multi-Billion Dollar Expansion
    December 7, 2010 / Construction Law Now

    The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is proposing a $5.3 billion expansion, which would create 45,000 construction jobs over 12 years and 2,880 permanent jobs. PHL is said to be the 6th most delayed U.S. airport. The expansion plan includes ...

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    Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declares Insurance Defense Costs May Not Be Reimbursable
    December 2, 2010 / Construction Law Now

    Jonathan A. Cass, senior counsel with Cohen Seglias contributed to this post. Your company is sued as a result of an alleged constructive defect. You tender the claim to your insurance company and they hire and pay for a lawyer to defend your ...

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    Recent Developments in the Comprehensive Health Care Reform Law
    December 1, 2010 / Construction Law Now

    On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the comprehensive health care reform law (Reform) to expand health care coverage in the United States. Impact of Comprehensive Health Care Reform Law on Employers It is an understatement to say that ...

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    Delaware Wind Farm Assembly Suffers Setback but Long Term Confidence in the Project Remains High
    November 30, 2010 / Construction Law Now

    The federal government recently denied the state of Delaware’s application for a $22 million grant for a wind turbine manufacturing facility in the Port of Wilmington (The Port). The Port, along with NRG Bluewater Wind (NRG), sought the grant ...

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    Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act: Contractor Awarded Attorneys’ Fees Incurred During Collection Proceeding
    November 24, 2010 / Construction Law Now

    Owners and contractors should be aware of a significant October 2009 Pennsylvania Superior Court decision, Zimmerman v. Harrisburg Fudd I, L.P., which clarifies the standard for the award of post-judgment interest and attorneys’ fees under the ...

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