Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus

Barbara L. Hollenbach and Richard Brent Somach Named Among Best Lawyers

Barbara L. Hollenbach and Richard Brent Somach, of the Firm’s Pennsylvania office, are among the 32 Members of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Barbara is listed for Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers and Richard is listed for Real Estate Law. Barbara was first listed in Best Lawyers in 2012.  She is certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This is Rich’s first listing in Best Lawyers. He practices in almost every facet of real estate law – from real estate development and management to foreclosures and commercial workouts to zoning matters.

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Workplace Bullying

Whether it is on the playground as children or in the workplace as adults, nobody likes to be bullied. Recent studies show that workplace bullying is prevalent, on the rise, and brings significant negative outcomes for both employers and targeted employees. Employees subjected to such behavior can suffer from anxiety, humiliation, and depression. Workplace bullying can also result in reduced productivity and morale as well as higher turnover and absenteeism rates. Read the rest of this entry »

Update on Cellphone Use While Driving

In a recent article, the consequences of driving while on a cellphone and causing an automobile accident were discussed.  Left open at the time of that article was the issue of whether mere use of a cell phone at the time of an accident would give rise to valid claims for punitive damages against the offending driver. Read the rest of this entry »

PA Supreme Court Holds that a Murder/Suicide in a Home is a Purely Psychological Stigma and Not a Material Defect Requiring Disclosure by Seller

On July 21, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Milliken v. Jacono, 2014 WL 3579791 (Pa., July 21, 2014, No. 48 MAP 2013), that purely psychological stigmas are not material defects of property that sellers must disclose to buyers.  The Court found that a murder/suicide on the premises was a purely psychological stigma and not a material defect requiring disclosure by the seller.

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New Tactic Emerges to Reduce Frivolous Shareholder Lawsuits

In the wake of greater shareholder activism, companies, private and public, are continuously searching for ways to curb frivolous shareholder lawsuits.  Recently, a few companies have explored the idea of incorporating “loser pays” provisions into their bylaws.  These “loser pays” provisions would require a shareholder who loses a shareholder lawsuit to pay for all of the company’s legal fees and costs in defending the action.  In the U.S., both parties usually pay their own legal costs. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Concert Series – August

Enjoy a summer night of R&B and soul with Joyous – performing on Friday, August 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Live at Riverside Summer Concert Series at Riverside Park, Easton.  Norris McLaughlin is a proud sponsor of this great community event!

Supreme Court Delivers Blow to Public-Sector Unions

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court weakened public-sector unions by ruling that thousands of “partial public employee” home health care workers in Illinois do not have to pay mandatory “fair share” fees to cover the union’s cost of collective bargaining.  The Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn limits the viability of public-sector unions in the home-care industry, which has been a rare source of union growth over the past decade. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Concert Series – July Performance

Enjoy a night out and see A Few Good Men perform on Friday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Live at Riverside Summer Concert Series at Riverside Park, Easton.  School of Rock, Easton, is the special opening act! Norris McLaughlin is a proud sponsor of this great community event!

Supreme Court Rules for Employers on Contraceptive Mandate

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that could help ease the burdens placed on many employers by the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores , the Court ruled that the federal government cannot force owners of closely-held, for-profit corporations to provide insurance coverage for certain types of contraception that violate their religious beliefs. Read the rest of this entry »

Inherited Individual Retirement Accounts Not Exempt from Bankruptcy Proceedings

On June 12, 2014, the United States Supreme Court released its decision in Clark v. Rameker, effectively allowing bankruptcy creditors the ability to go after a debtor’s inherited individual retirement account (“IRA”).

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