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All companies registered to do business in Pennsylvania are subject to the courts’ general jurisdiction

On July 2, 2018 by Schnader in Appellate

In a decision not following developing nationwide rulings regarding the effect of registration to do business, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, in a unanimous decision, held that foreign companies that register to do business in Pennsylvania have “consented” to general personal jurisdiction in the Commonwealth. The Court in Webb-Benjamin, LLC v. International Rug Group, […]

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Requiring Public Employees to Pay Union Agency Fees Found Unconstitutional – Potentially Striking A Major Blow To Union Purses And Influence

On June 28, 2018 by Schnader in Criminal Defense

By Rachel A.H. Horton and Michael J. Wietrzychowski In a widely-anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, narrowly held that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits public sector unions from charging public employees an agency fee where an […]

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Addressing Romantic Relationships in the Workplace Through a Conflict of Interest Policy

On June 6, 2018 by Schnader in Environmental

By Michael J. Wietrzychowski With the continued media exposure of highly charged complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace, many employers have experienced an uptick in the number of administrative actions and lawsuits alleging sexual harassment. Employers concerned about workplace romantic relationships often fail to address them because they feel reluctant […]

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Third Circuit and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Issue Important Appellate Jurisdiction Decisions With Lessons for Trial and Appellate Lawyers

On June 6, 2018 by Schnader in Appellate

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued decisions addressing seemingly esoteric matters of appellate procedure. Yet trial and appellate practitioners within the Third Circuit and Pennsylvania should take careful note of the courts’ rulings.  First, on May 31, […]

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