Category: Articles & Publications

DCED SECRETARY ANNOUNCES APRIL 3, 2020 DEADLINE FOR WAIVER APPLICATIONS FROM GOVERNOR’S ORDER

In response to the rapid spread of COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8:00 p.m. on March 19, 2020. Governor Wolf’s office and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) also established a procedure by which a non-life sustaining business can seek a waiver from this requirement that, if granted, allows the business to continue to maintain its physical operations.
 
The Secretary of the DCED recently announced that the deadline for submitting a waiver application for such purpose will close on Friday, April 3rd, at 5:00 p.m. Accordingly, any non-life-sustaining business in Pennsylvania that desires to seek a waiver from the Governor’s Order must submit a waiver application to the DCED no later than 5 p.m. tomorrow.
 
Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP and its Business & Finance Department are available to promptly assist you in these uncertain times and guide you through the waiver process. Please contact Paul T. Rushton, the Chair of RJG’s Business & Finance Department, at prushton@rjglaw.com as soon as possible in advance of this deadline if you desire to consider and/or submit a waiver application.

RJG Coronavirus - We Can Help You

Is your Business Complying with Recent Governmental Orders Aimed at Combating COVID-19?

As businesses struggle to understand and comply with the various governmental orders intended to combat, and new laws intended to address the economic impact of, COVID-19 (the Coronavirus), they should seek legal counsel to assist them in properly complying with those orders and understanding the requirements and implications of those new laws. In a rapidly changing climate, Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald’s Labor & Employment Department is available to assist business owners in fulfilling their obligations under these new requirements and in making any necessary business decisions as a result of these new requirements. If you require assistance with these matters, please contact Jim Valentine or Kieran Casey of our Labor & Employment Department at jvalentine@rjglaw.com or kcasey@rjglaw.com.

Title Isn't Everything - Paul Rushton

Title Isn’t Everything: Corporate and Tax Issues for Real Estate Investors to Consider Prior to Purchasing an Investment Property

If you are a real estate investor or have an interest in investing in real estate, you may find it useful to consult the information in Paul Rushton’s article about certain corporate and tax issues to be considered prior to purchasing an investment property.

Paul’s article can be found here.

If you would like to contact Paul, his contact information can be found at https://www.rjglaw.com/attorneys/paul-t-rushton/.

Recap - RJG at the Business Law Institute

The Closely-Held Business Committee Presents at the Business Law Institute in Philadelphia

The Closely-Held Business Committee of the Business Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, which is chaired by our own Paul Rushton, presented a trio of seminars at the Business Law Institute in Philadelphia last Friday.

The presentations addressed the options available to closely-held business owners who are approaching retirement. Our own Lee Piatt, who is a member of the Committee, gave a presentation focused on the succession planning techniques that are available to a closely-held business owner who desires to transition ownership and/or management of his or her business to family members and/or existing employees of the business.

A second presentation, given by Paul, highlighted the issues to be addressed by a closely-held business owner in preparing for, and ultimately consummating, a sale of his or her business to an outside party.

The final presentation identified the advantages of an ESOP for a retiring closely-held business owner.

If you are a closely-held business owner who is approaching retirement, please call Paul or Lee to discuss your options. Paul can be reached at prushton@rjglaw.com or 570-826-5623. Lee’s contact information is lpiatt@rjglaw.com or 570-826-5674.

RJG Featured in Back Mountain Chamber Newsletter

Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald was prominently featured in the Back Mountain Chamber’s most recent newsletter.

In her message accompanying the Newsletter, President Cynthia Post Mitchell specifically thanked Steven Roth and Christyan Telech of our Business & Finance Department for their professional time and in-kind service rendered to create a new set of Bylaws for the Chamber.

RJG was also featured in The Spotlight section of the Newsletter.

Thank you to the Back Mountain Chamber for this recognition and for all of the great work that the Chamber does each year!

Utilizing the Calm before the Storm – Suggested Steps to be taken in Advance of the Sale of a Closely-Held Business

By Paul T. Rushton, Esq.

The sale of a closely-held business is typically one of the most important and stressful events in a business owner’s life.  The dual challenge of addressing the requirements of selling a business while continuing to operate the business in its ordinary course can perhaps best be described as being in the “eye of a storm.”  This can be particularly true for a closely-held business that is managed by a small number of individuals without the assistance of in-house counsel and/or accountants. However, by taking the following steps before embarking on the sale process (or, in the “calm” before the “storm”, if you will), the owners and managers of a closely-held business can reduce the level of anxiety attendant upon a future sale of the business and minimize the prospects of incurring liability in connection with the sale:  

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Are You Doing Enough To Protect Your Brand Name? Understanding and Utilizing The Protections Afforded To Names And Trademarks.

By: MaryJo Kishel, Esq.*

If you are like most business owners, the protection of your brand name is very important to you.  However, many business owners make the mistake of assuming that they own the exclusive rights to their brand without taking the requisite steps to establish such exclusivity.  For that reason, business owners should take the time to better understand what brand name protections are available under the applicable law and how to obtain them. This article describes the available brand name protections and suggests the ways that business owners should consider and ultimately utilize some or all of such protections.  

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Rushton Articles Featured in PBA Business Law Section Newsletter

A pair of articles prepared by Paul T. Rushton, the Chair of our Firm’s Business & Finance Department, were published in the most recent Pennsylvania Bar Association Business Law Section newsletter. The newsletter can be viewed here.

One of Paul’s articles announced the formation of the Closely-Held Business Committee of the Section on Business Law of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. As the Chair of such Committee, Paul explained in his article the intended purpose and activities of the Committee.

Paul’s article titled “Title Isn’t Everything: Corporate and Tax Issues for Real Estate Investors to Consider Prior to Purchasing an Investment Property” was also included in the Newsletter. Such article identifies corporate and tax issues that real estate investors should evaluate prior to purchasing an investment property in Pennsylvania.

If you have any questions about these articles, please feel free to contact Paul. Paul’s contact information can be found here.

TRAGEDY STRIKES AGAIN ON INTERSTATE 380

Once again, tragedy strikes on Interstate 380 in the Pocono area when an Academy bus and an Xtra tractor trailer collided on June 3, 2015, causing three deaths and multiple injuries on this highway.  Reports indicate that the Academy bus, marked with Viaggidea on it, was transporting Italian tourists to Niagara Falls via Interstate 380. The Citizen’s Voice newspaper reports that the crash occurred on the same stretch of highway in Monroe County where singer Gloria Estefan was injured when a tractor trailer crashed into her tour bus in 1990 while heading to a concert in Syracuse, New York. At Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald, we are very familiar with the area of the crash. The Chairman of our Personal Injury Practice, Richard A. Russo, was one of the attorneys who represented Gloria Estefan in that crash, as well as multiple crash victims in a more recent bus accident on Interstate 380.

As a result of our experience in handling commercial vehicle accidents, we recognize the importance of moving quickly to preserve significant evidence. We know that buses and tractor trailers are equipped with black box like devices that can record critically important data regarding the cause of the crash, and we know that this data can be forever lost if a victim’s lawyer does not act more quickly to have it preserved. It is vitally important for accident victims to hire an experienced bus and tractor trailer accident lawyer as soon as possible to preserve evidence and protect their rights.

At Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald, we also are very sensitive to the human aspect of commercial vehicle crashes. We have a deep appreciation for the tragic loss of life and unimaginable harm that often results to entire families from collisions involving huge vehicles like a bus or semi-truck.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Marco Fornasetti, Rino Guerra and Alfredo Telemaco, as well as to each of the injured victims of this terrible crash.

Ufberg Appointed to State Board

The Times-Tribune – April 28, 2015

By Robert Swift, Harrisburg Bureau Chief

A prominent Wilkes-Barre attorney now sits on a state commission that reviews regulations to make sure they are consistent with the laws that led to them.

Murray Ufberg was named last month by Gov. Tom Wolf to a seat on the Independent Regulatory Review Commission. The commission has been in existence since the 1980s and is composed of five gubernatorial and legislative appointees.
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