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Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Decide Fresh Consideration Rule for Employee Non-Competes

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted allocator in Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc., 99 A.3d 928 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2014). Socko is the Pennsylvania Superior Court decision from May 2014 that re-affirmed the rule that fresh consideration is required for a non-compete signed after the inception of employment. In Socko, the employer tried […]

Understanding the Science of Climate Change with Richard Alley, Ph.D., in Philadelphia on November 6, 2014

I am very pleased to report that Bill Fedullo, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will be hosting a Chancellor’s Forum onNovember 6, 2014, on the subject of climate change. Bill has asked me to introduce the speakers. The principal speaker will be Noted Climate Scientist Richard B. Alley, Ph.D. of Penn State. Dr. Alley will […]

Payroll Cards Must Comply With Federal and State Law

In an era where technology equates with convenience, it’s not surprising that employers incorporate the latest technology in all facets of the workplace, including the way employees get paid. One way in which this is done is by issuing payroll cards instead of cash, check, or direct deposit. However, as is often the case with […]

NYC Climate Rally

The huge climate rally last week in New York City and other cities around the globe kicked off UN Climate Summit 2014, perhaps the most important government initiative ever. To show my support, I attended the rally on my folding bicycle and filmed what I saw with a GoPro camera strapped to my helmet. This […]

Lawyers Convince Court Client Never Died

Sharolyn Jackson never died. So ruled a Philadelphia court on June 10, 2014. As a result, the formerly homeless, 51-year-old Ms. Jackson can obtain social security benefits including medical care. This unique judicial ruling arose from unusual facts. Ms. Jackson is physically and cognitively disabled and thus entitled to social security. With the help of […]

Thinking of starting your own law firm?

If so, then you may wish to listen to this podcast of an excellent panel discussion, Making Private Practice Leap, sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association on June 4, 2014, as part of its Law Firm Laboratory Series.  The panelists were Steve Harvey of Steve Harvey Law LLC; Kevin V. Mincey of Mincey & Fitzpatrick, […]

They’re back! More employers using noncompete clauses.

“”There has been a definite, significant rise in the use of noncompetes, and not only for high tech, not only for high-skilled knowledge positions.” That’s according to law professor Orly Lobel quoted in the New York Times today. The truth is that noncompetes never went away. They have been used in many industries dating back to […]

Litigating Life … or Death—One Year Later

On June 5, 2013, federal judge Michael Baylson in Philadelphia made national news when he issued a temporary restraining order directing Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and the federal organ allocation system to disregard the age of Sarah Murnaghan (then ten) for purposes of allocating new lungs she needed to live. Sarah […]