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Not So Anonymous

Click on “reviews” and you can skim numerous customer comments – some negative and some positive.  When posting such comments, customers believe that they can speak freely about their experience with a product or service. But what happens when the service company reviewed believes that the comments are false and defamatory?   Can the company force an internet site to turn over user identities?  That’s the issue before the Virginia State Supreme Court. Read the rest of this entry »

Curious about how much your co-worker makes? Just ask them!

President Obama recently signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against their employees who discuss their compensation with one another. Although the order is limited in scope, it still has a sizable impact, as nearly one quarter of American workers are employed by federal contractors. In addition, many companies have written policies that specifically tell employees not to discuss their compensation with their fellow employees, which would now be deemed improper. Read the rest of this entry »

Can a CRIZ Authority exercise the power of eminent domain?

For a qualifying municipality to be awarded a CRIZ zone an entity known as a “contracting authority” must apply to the DCED (Department of Community and Economic Development) for approval of a “zone plan.” A contracting authority is the entity that governs a CRIZ (Community Revitalization and Improvement Zone) zone and it has the power of eminent domain.  Read the rest of this entry »

The NLRB’s True Colors

Once again, the National Labor Relations Board is showing its true colors. In a controversial and unprecedented ruling that could potentially change the landscape of college athletics, the Chicago Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board sided with football players at Northwestern University on Wednesday in their bid to form a union. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tenants by the Entirety: Separate Debt May Not Be a Joint Problem

In Pennsylvania, and many other jurisdictions, property owned jointly by a husband and wife is held as tenants by the entirety. This means that the husband and wife are considered as one, and in order to execute on property held as tenants by the entirety, there must be a joint judgment against both husband and wife.  Stated another way, a creditor may not attach entireties’ property to satisfy the debt of one spouse.  A creditor may only attach property held as tenants by the entirety if the creditor has sought and obtained a judgment against both spouses. Read the rest of this entry »

A Comparison of the Practice of Law in 1965 (Or was it 1865?), and the Practice of Law Today in Lehigh County

On March 27, Don Lipson will present a BALC Lunch and Learn Seminar entitled “A Comparison of the Practice of Law in 1965 (Or was it 1865?), and the Practice of Law Today in Lehigh County.” Both newly admitted attorneys and seasoned attorneys will want to attend this brief look back into history! Many aspects of the practice of law have changed drastically since 1965, and through Don’s eyes, you will get a glimpse of how the profession of law came to be what it is today. This seminar is approved for 1 substantive credit.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m., and the seminar runs from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., at the Bar Association of Lehigh County, 1114 West Walnut Street, Allentown. Tuition is $40 for members and $55 for non-members. To register call Nancy at (610) 433-6401 x 16 or email

Report Provides Strategies for Economic Development in Lehigh Valley

A recent report commissioned by the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (“LVEDC”) provides refined strategies for creating economic development in the Lehigh Valley. The report, A Blueprint for Success: An Economic Development Strategy (“Report”), dated January 31, 2014, was the result of a study conducted by Garner Economics, LLC.  Read the rest of this entry »

Economic Development in the Lehigh Valley

As a sign of continued economic development in the region, the Lehigh Valley was just ranked 2nd in Site Selection Magazine’s annual economic development rankings. The rankings focus on the region’s ability to attract new employers and to help companies expand. In its class, the Lehigh Valley competed with other metropolitan areas ranging in population size from 200,000 to 1 million. This marks the Lehigh Valley’s sixth consecutive year in the Top 10 within its size group. Some of the local projects leading to this award include expansions for Bimbo Bakeries, Yourway Transport, Kraft Foods, and Coca-Cola. Click here to read more about this.

In other economic development headlines, the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone project was featured in the New York Times as an example of a tax program aimed at revitalizing economically depressed areas. Estimating the overall development costs being poured into downtown Allentown at $350 million, the article emphasized the role of the state program in conjunction with private financing. The article also cited the City of Bethlehem’s recent CRIZ designation as yet another program generating life into areas in need of redevelopment.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about how the Lehigh Valley could be a good fit for your company’s expansion or relocation, please contact our economic development team.

Chuck Smith Discussing Economic Development Live on WFMZ

Check out Chuck Smith on WFMZ discussing the CRIZ in Bethlehem – click here.