SMGG Blog

An Emoji is Worth 1,000 Words

July 19, 2021

By Lynne Hewitt and the eDiscovery Committee at SMGG:  Gretchen Moore, Read more

Painting Contractor to Pay $400,000.00 to Settle Violation of DBE Program Rules

July 14, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

On July 13, 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York announced a $400,000.00 settlement with Spectrum Painting Corp. (“Spectrum”) to settle civil fraud claims. The U.S. Attorney... Read more

Bill Providing Optional Year of Education Due to COVID-19 Becomes Law

July 1, 2021
By Matthew Morella
Posted in Education

On June 30, 2021, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 664 (the “Bill”) into law.  The... Read more

Pennsylvania Fuel Distributor to Pay $692,000.00 to Settle Violation of DBE Program Rules

June 14, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

In early June, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York announced a $692,000.00 settlement with Naughton Energy Corporation (“Naughton Energy”) and its owners Mariette Naughton and Joseph... Read more

Practicing Careful Time Keeping: Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees Under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL)

June 8, 2021
By Kathleen Mannard
Posted in Litigation

If an attorney works on a plaintiff’s claim raised under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL), they must be careful with their time keeping of billable hours if they want to recover... Read more

CBD Here, CBD There, CBD Everywhere: Tension Between State and Federal Authorities Leaves CBD Companies in Limbo

May 28, 2021
By Matthew Morella
Posted in Medical Marijuana

You can’t miss them: signs reading “CBD PRODUCTS SOLD HERE” are appearing in gas stations and drug stores across the country. Cannabidiol (“CBD”), a naturally occurring non-psychoactive compound derived from... Read more

AEON Clinical Laboratories $25,000 Settlement for Potential HIPAA Security Rule Violations

May 26, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Health Law

On May 25, 2021 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) announced at $25,000 settlement with Peachstate Health Management, LLC, doing business as AEON Clinical... Read more

UPDATE: Supreme Court to Hear Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. First Amendment Speech Protection Case

May 10, 2021
By Adam Tragone
Posted in First Amendment Matters, Litigation

The Supreme Court of the United States will hear argument in Mahanoy Area School... Read more

Thinking about including a no-poach clause in your contract? Think again.

May 7, 2021

At the end of April, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided whether no-hire, or “no-poach,” provisions that are ancillary to a services contract between business entities are enforceable under the laws of this... Read more

CLIENT ALERT – ICYMI: Employer Workshops for Pennsylvania’s New Unemployment Compensation System

May 7, 2021

After a year of trouble, Pennsylvania has revamped its Unemployment Compensation (UC) system.  To help employers and claimants, the Commonwealth is hosting a series of workshops.  Information regarding the workshops is available here: Read more