SMGG Blog

Do I need an e-Discovery vendor? Likely, yes.

February 17, 2022
By Lydia Gorba
Posted in E-Discovery Services, Litigation

Most, if not all, cases brought today involve e-Discovery. Nearly everyone texts, emails, and uses ephemeral messaging apps.... Read more

The Road Blog, Part 1: Public and Private Roads in Pennsylvania

February 8, 2022

This blog is the first in a municipal law series on all things roads.  Property issues involving roads and paper alleys are fact specific and require an analysis of the facts and circumstances of your situation.  This blog series will provide an... Read more

Power of Attorney: Useful, When Executed Correctly!

February 8, 2022
By Jamie Drennen
Posted in Estates and Trusts

A Power of Attorney, (“POA”), is a useful instrument which allows you to authorize an “agent” to make financial decisions on your behalf, during your lifetime. This document, if executed correctly, is recognized by banks and other financial... Read more

All in the Family? Treatment of Hyperlinked Documents in Discovery

February 2, 2022

As technology changes, so, too, does our treatment of electronically stored information (ESI) for discovery purposes.  Today, hyperlinks are frequently utilized within communications to link the reader to another... Read more

The Line Between Agritourism and Entertainment

January 31, 2022

Despite the abundance of working farms in Pennsylvania and the popularity of farm weddings, there is a dearth of state specific caselaw where the two intersect. When they do, the legal analysis from a zoning... Read more

Steel Construction Companies to Pay $440,000.00 to Settle DBE Fraud Allegations

January 28, 2022
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

On January 27, 2022, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Illinois announced a $440,000.00 settlement with United Ironworkers (“United”), D&K Welding Services (“D&K”), Kim Rasnick... Read more

How Does a Person Prove LGBT Status for Purpose of Certification?

December 23, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If you are an LGBT business owner, you may have considered becoming a certified LGBT-owned business through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) certification or another... Read more

Fight for Your Right to Get Usable Data in Discovery

November 19, 2021

The production of documents as large combined PDF (Portable Document Format) documents is the modern-day equivalent of a discovery data dump.  We have all experienced the receipt of several 1,000+ page PDF documents... Read more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Declares Acting Secretary’s School Masking Order Void ab initio

November 10, 2021

In a 4-1 ruling today, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court declared the... Read more

Commonwealth Court Provides Guidance on Planned Residential Developments

November 8, 2021

Planned Residential Developments (PRDs) are a popular zoning classification across the Commonwealth, especially in the western Pennsylvania suburbs surrounding Pittsburgh. PRDs attract developers because they allow... Read more