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Recent Developments that Prohibit Common Separation and Settlement Agreement Provisions

Two federal agencies recently challenged the validity of what many would consider standard release agreement provisions. On August 10, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fined a company for including provisions…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

News from Second and State

Yesterday was the first day of fall, and it seems the summer is truly behind us. The House of Representatives reconvened this week for the final stretch of the 2015-2016 legislative session. This week most of the action was…more
| Conflict of Laws, Elections & Politics, Health, Real Estate - Residential

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Concludes that Section 303(i) Does Not Preempt State Law Claims of Non-Debtors Predicated on the Filing of an Involuntary Petition

In Rosenberg, et al. v. DVI Receivables XVII, LLC, 2016 WL 4501675, at *1 (3d Cir. Aug. 29, 2016), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that damages awarded pursuant to Section 303(i) of the Bankruptcy Code for an involuntary…more
| Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Conflict of Laws, Finance & Banking

Continuing a Recent Trend, the Federal Circuit Again Confirmed that Properly Drafted Software Claims Can be Patent Eligible Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

Continuing a recent trend, the Federal Circuit recently reversed a determination that claims of a patent are ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In McRO v. Bandai Namco Games America, the Federal Circuit again concluded that…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program Announced

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced the opening of the registration period for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program enables foreign nationals to apply for permanent…more
| Immigration Law

News from Second and Sate

Summer Recap: - As of our last newsletter, the General Assembly had recessed after pushing a 2016-2017 state budget over the finish line to meet the June 30 deadline just in the nick of time. Gov. Wolf let the budget become…more
| Elections & Politics, Health

Groundwork for an M&A Exit – Due Diligence Topics

Selling the company involves a lot of time and effort for management, but there are a few things you can do to get ready for a sale to improve the speed and reduce somewhat the pain of the process. Below are tips on…more
| Business Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions

A New Business Model: The IPR Troll

In my last post, I discussed new proceedings under the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2012 which a company can use to challenge third party patents. One of the more popular of these procedures is the Inter Partes Review (IPR). …more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Worth Another Look: Sentencing Reforms

In January of 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top ten issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. Since Pennsylvania will close out the 2015-2016…more
| Criminal Law, Elections & Politics

Worth Another Look: Electric Vehicle Fees

In January of 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top ten issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. Since Pennsylvania will close out the 2015-2016…more
| Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Taxation

The EEOC Issues Updated Guidance Regarding Claims for Retaliation

On August 25, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues. The new Guidance replaces the EEOC’s 1998 Compliance Manual Section on retaliation. The…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Worth Another Look: Human Trafficking

In January of 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top ten issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. Since Pennsylvania will close out the 2015-2016…more
| Elections & Politics

Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council Issue Final Guidance and Rule Implementing Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

On August 24, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR) issued a Final Guidance and a Final Rule, respectively, implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive…more
| Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

Worth Another Look: Anti-Discrimination Legislation

In January of 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top ten issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. Since Pennsylvania will close out the 2015-2016…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

KISSes and Other Convertible Equity Alternatives…Are They SAFE?

In earlier posts, we have discussed convertible debt, which remains a popular pre-equity funding path for early stage companies. However, in recent years, alternatives to convertible debt have emerged that offer certain…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking
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