SMGG Blog

Pennsylvania 2017 Tax Amnesty – Discount Tax Relief

January 30, 2017
By S. John Kelly
Posted in Business Services

During the 60-day period from April 21 to June 19, 2017, the Pennsylvania’s Department of Revenue (“PA DOR”), will offer Tax Amnesty for pre-2016 taxes.  Taxpayers owing PA state taxes (such as PA employer payroll tax, corporate income tax,... Read more

All Adult Adoptions are Not Created Equal: Revocation Exception for Same-Sex Couples

January 20, 2017
By Gerri Sperling
Posted in Adoption

By:  Gerri Sperling, Counsel[1] Adult adoption has existed in Pennsylvania for many years and until recently the law... Read more

Oil and Gas Pipeline Easements and Right-of-Way Agreements

December 29, 2016

In the past several years landowners in Pennsylvania have been challenged by the drilling of natural gas primarily from the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale strati.  As a natural progression of the oil and gas industry, the energy companies must now... Read more

Private Nuisance Claim Against Oil and Gas Company Headed to Trial

December 29, 2016
By Scott Fellmeth
Posted in Oil and Gas

Recently, District Judge A. Richard Caputo of the Middle District of Pennsylvania denied a motion for summary judgment in a case, which allowed a landowner to pursue a claim for nuisance against a driller for excess noise. See Tiongco v.... Read more

CLIENT ALERT: NEW YEAR, NEW I-9

December 29, 2016

Beginning January 22, 2017, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require employers to use the 11/14/16 edition of Form I-9, which verifies the identity and employment authorization of new employees. Although employers can use the... Read more

New Department of Health Regulations Provide Additional Direction on Medical Marijuana Dispensary Operations in Pennsylvania; 28 Pa. Code §§1161 et seq.

December 13, 2016

by David L. Pollack, Of Counsel[1]  NOTHING IN THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED OR SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS ADVICE TO PARTICIPATE IN, OR COUNSEL WITH RESPECT TO, CRIMINAL OR... Read more

IS YOUR EX CRAZY?

December 5, 2016

IS YOUR EX CRAZY? Even if that is the case, you cannot access his or her mental health records in a custody proceeding.  The fear that a parent with mental health issues will digress to serious misjudgment and violent behavior creating an... Read more

CLIENT ALERT – OVERTIME LITIGATION UPDATE

December 2, 2016

For anyone thinking that the injunction entered by a Texas federal court would end the change to the overtime regulations, think again.  The matter has been appealed to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In broad terms, one... Read more

CAN’T WAIT TO GET A DIVORCE? Well … the wait just got significantly shorter.

December 1, 2016

Pennsylvania introduced its current no fault Divorce Code in 1980, enabling couples who both consent to divorce to move forward with resolving their economics and obtaining a divorce in 90 days, provided each spouse files an affidavit declaring the... Read more

CLIENT ALERT – OVERTIME REGULATION CHANGE HALTED (FOR NOW)

November 26, 2016

For those of you preparing to change exempt status or salaries based on the new overtime regulations, you can relax.  On November 22 a federal court in Texas granted an injunction temporarily stopping the new regulation from taking effect December... Read more