SMGG Blog

Why the Need for Municipal Stormwater Management?

March 15, 2016

When land is left undeveloped, stormwater can easily penetrate the ground and become part of the natural hydrological cycle. This cycle allows the water to be absorbed by soil and vegetation, naturally entering our groundwater and recharging our... Read more

Landlord Liability for Tenant’s Dog

February 3, 2016

In a  negligence action arising from the conduct of animals, generally the owner of the animal is the person who bears responsibility for injuries to others caused by his or her pet.   McCloud v. McLaughlin, 837 A.2d 541, 544 (Pa. Super.... Read more

Pennsylvania Attorney General Files Civil Suit Against Chesapeake Alleging Violation Of The Unfair Trade Practices Act

December 14, 2015

On December 9, 2015, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's ("AG") office filed a civil complaint against Chesapeake Energy Corp., Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, Chesapeake Operating, Inc., Chesapeake Energy Marketing, Inc., and Williams Partners, LP. The... Read more

“Mama Bear” – Citizen’s arrest or illegal assault?

December 9, 2015

On February 11, 2015, a Texas woman driving a minivan was waiting at a red light when she was struck from behind by another vehicle. Angry that this collision might have injured her teenage son, who was a passenger in the minivan, the woman... Read more

Preparing for Changes to the Pennsylvania Mechanic’s Lien Law

December 8, 2015

In approximately one year, changes to Pennsylvania's Mechanic's Lien Law (the "Act")  are expected to take effect providing owners and general contractors with an added defense to subcontractor and second-tier subcontractor and supplier mechanic's... Read more

Workplace Violence: Have a Plan

December 7, 2015

Disclaimer - The information provided below is NOT a substitute for an emergency plan developed with the assistance of security and public safety professionals. This information is intended to encourage you to get a professional emergency plan... Read more

When Is Failure to Pay Delay Rentals Enough To Break A Lease?

November 30, 2015

Many Oil and Gas leases are "paid up," which means that the leasing company does not have to pay regular delay rental payments to hold the lease. However, in Pennsylvania, there are still some leases that require the leasing company to make "delay... Read more

Who Owns the Oil and Gas?

November 10, 2015

Recently, the Pennsylvania Superior Court emphasized the difference between a "reservation" and an "exception" in a deed.  The court explained that a reservation is a way for a person who conveys property to hold certain... Read more

Required Information For An Oil And Gas Royalty Statement

October 14, 2015

In 2013, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed a law that requires Oil and Gas producers to provide a minimum amount of information related to Oil and Gas production and royalties (e.g., the amount of gas produced, the selling price, and other related... Read more

65 Years After A Property Sale – Pennsylvania Court Determines Sellers Kept Their Oil And Gas Rights

October 14, 2015

If there is a dispute about who own oil and gas rights, Pennsylvania courts may likely look to a deed to determine what the parties to the transaction intended. In Wright v. Misty Mountain Farm, LLC, 2015 Pa. Super 218 (Oct. 9, 2015), the... Read more