Ken Scholtz The new pandemic aid legislation was eight months in the making, includes 5,600 pages, and $2.3 trillion in aid and spending. With national unemployment at a record high, and moratoriums on evictions, and utility shutoff abeyance soon set to expire, media outlets have focused on … [Read more...] about A Missed Opportunity for Immunity
Chris Voltz In Anonymous v. Norristown Municipality, AP 2020-2496, the Municipality received a request for records about a police officer from a Requester identified only as “E3E3” that was sent from firstname.lastname@example.org. The Municipality denied the Request and the Requester appealed. On appeal, … [Read more...] about OOR Confirms that Local Agencies are not Required to Respond to Anonymous RTKL Requests
Chris Voltz In Rosner v. Buckingham Township, AP 2020-1364 (“Rosner II”), the Township redacted residents’ names, home addresses, and tax map parcel I.D. numbers from the requested invoices setting forth charges to residents under the Township’s Stormwater Management Ordinance on the basis that … [Read more...] about OOR Continues to Hold that Names and Home Addresses Are Protected by the Constitutional Right to Privacy, but that Tax Map Parcel I.D. Numbers Are Not Protected
Chris Voltz In Rosner v. Buckingham Township, AP 2020-0623 (“Rosner I”), the request sought Stormwater Management Agreements and Grant of Easement Agreements relating to certain properties within the Township. The Township redacted the names and home addresses from residents and the … [Read more...] about OOR Holds that Individual Names and Addresses contained in Stormwater Management Agreements and Grant of Easement Agreements Are Not Protected by the Constitutional Right to Privacy
Michael A. CassidyTucker Arensberg, P.C.December 14, 2020 Recent reports indicate that House and Senate Committee leaders have apparently mutually agreed on a bipartisan arrangement for correcting or preventing surprise medical bills, although legislation has not yet been … [Read more...] about Potential Federal Action Regarding Surprise Billing
After a seemingless endless wait, news of COVID vaccine distribution has business owners, government offices and school district administrators faced with a legal question they could not have foreseen at the beginning of 2020. Can we require employees to get a vaccine? The short … [Read more...] about What Can Employers Do About Employees Who Refuse a Vaccine?
By Chris Voltz In Schultz v. Montgomery County, AP 2020-1280, the Requester sought records related to a County Commissioner’s social media accounts, including sent and received Twitter Direct Messages and private Facebook messages, all Facebook posts, all deleted Facebook and Twitter messages and … [Read more...] about OOR Rules that Elected Official’s Social Media Accounts are Records of the Agency
Michael A. CassidyTucker Arensberg, P.C.December 2, 2020 EHR Safe Harbor Permanent The existing electronic health records items and services Safe Harbor in 42 CFR Section 1001.952(y) was amended by deleting the sunset provision, thereby making the protection permanent. Cybersecurity … [Read more...] about Cybersecurity AKS Safe Harbor and Stark Exception
Michael A. Cassidy Tucker Arensberg, P.C. November 24, 2020 The Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) is presenting its virtual 2020 Fall Summit on December 1st through December 4th. Mike Cassidy will participate in the Keynote Panel addressing the telehealth issues presented … [Read more...] about Mike Cassidy to Participate in CTeL 2020 Summit Keynote
By Hon. Judith K. Fitzgerald (Ret.) Here’s an interesting read: LaTasha Tennial v. REI Nation, LLC, No. 20-5358, --- F.3d ----, 2020 WL 6304352 (6th Cir. Oct. 28, 2020). After a lengthy analysis of prior cases, all of which held that Bankruptcy Rule 8002(a)(1)’s 14-day time limit for filing a … [Read more...] about Time to Appeal Under Bankruptcy Rule 8002(a)(1): What the Right Hand Giveth, the Left Hand Taketh Away
By Mark Mazza Pursuing the registration of a federal trademark or service mark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is among one of the most advantageous and essential first steps for any new business owner. Whether opening a new coffee shop, or developing the next … [Read more...] about The Importance of Federally Registering Your Company’s Trademark
By Ashley Wagner Teladoc has sued competitor Amwell over patent claims in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Teladoc is accusing Amwell of infringing on its patents related to telehealth carts, a digital scope and stethoscope and has demanded that its competitor … [Read more...] about Dispute Between Telehealth Giants Heats Up
Tucker Arensberg is pleased to announce that two of its senior associates, Mark C. Hamilton and Brian A. Pepicelli, have been elected to the firm’s membership as shareholders. Mark Hamilton represents and advises clients on commercial, real estate, personal injury, energy and estate litigation, … [Read more...] about Two Attorneys Elected as Shareholders at Tucker Arensberg, P.C.
In Weik v. Pennsylvania State Police, AP 2020-1139 (October 6, 2020), the Requester sought records related to a fatal police shooting. The State Police identified a responsive Incident Report, but denied the request, arguing, among other things, that Incident Report related to a criminal … [Read more...] about OOR Rules that Police Investigative Report is Exempt in its Entirety
Daniel Conlon is featured on the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition website's Hispanic Heritage Month Profile. Use this link to view the profile. The mission of the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition is to promote regional economic growth by assisting … [Read more...] about Daniel Conlon Featured on Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition Website