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RJG Quarantine and Construction

Governor Wolf’s Order and Its Effects on the Construction Industry

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. This order was issued in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, Governor Wolf published a list that details the industries, sectors, subsectors, and industry groups that may continue physical operations, and those that may not. The list can be accessed by clicking this link: www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/all-non-life-sustaining-businesses-in-pennsylvania-to-close-physical-locations-as-of-8-pm-today-to-slow-spread-of-covid-19/ .

Pursuant to the Governor’s Order and list, businesses involved in the construction of buildings, heavy and civil engineering construction, and specialty trade contractors may not continue physical operations. An exception was made for emergency repairs. Some construction project owners have obtained waivers from the Governor in order to continue construction on projects. This puts contractors in a difficult position of having to staff the project. The Governor’s Order will have a major impact on the construction industry, businesses involved in construction, and current construction projects. Construction projects commonly have one or multiple contracts detailing the rights and obligations of contractors. These contracts contain clauses dealing with dates for completion, schedules, delays, extensions, and damages for non-compliance.

In light of the Governor’s Order, these provisions contained in construction contracts will become extremely relevant for Pennsylvania contractors and businesses in the construction industry. If not addressed properly and fairly by the parties involved, it is possible that a number of claims and litigation may arise as a result of delays incurred on construction projects due to the Governor’s Order.

Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald is ready, willing, and able to review construction contracts and determine the rights and obligations under those contracts. Moreover, Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald’s Litigation Department has extensive experience in handling construction claims and disputes, and the ability to achieve positive results without litigation.

If you are interested in learning more about these services, please visit https://www.rjglaw.com/litigation/ or call (570) 826-5600. You can also contact Attorney Robert D. Schaub at rschaub@rjglaw.com or Attorney TJ Jensen at ajensen@rjglaw.com

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.

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Is your Property Eligible for the Clean and Green program?

In 1974, The Pennsylvania General Assembly enacted the “Clean and Green” program. This preferential tax assessment program was designed to to encourage protection of the Commonwealth’s valuable farmland, forestland and open spaces. Attorney Thomas J. MacNeely, who serves as the Chairman of our Real Estate Department, has helped various clients secure “Clean and Green” approval for their properties with the Tax Assessor’s Office. His efforts have resulted in these clients saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in real estate taxes.

If you are interested in learning more about the Clean and Green program and if your property is eligible for it, please contact Attorney MacNeely at 570-826-5662.

Congratulations Garry S. Taroli

Garry S. Taroli appointed Co-Vice Chair of Animal Law Committee

Our own Garry S. Taroli has been appointed Co-Vice Chair of the Animal Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

In addition to being in the Firm’s Real Estate and Banking Department, Garry is a specially appointed Assistant District Attorney in Luzerne County (pro bono) for the prosecution of the animal cruelty cases originated by the SPCA’s Humane Police Officers. He is also the Solicitor (pro bono) for the Luzerne County SPCA; Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge; and Modified K –9/Concrete Angels Rescue.

We are proud of Garry’s volunteer efforts for these important causes.

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RJG Associates Volunteer as Jurors for the 2020 PBA Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Competition

On Tuesday, January 28, associates Nick Marinelli and Christyan Telech of our Business & Finance Department, and Rob Gawlas and TJ Jensen of our Litigation Department, volunteered as jurors for the 2020 PBA Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Competition.

The Mock Trial Competition runs throughout the state, and local high school teams from Luzerne and Schuylkill counties participate in simulated trials at the Luzerne County Courthouse, in which local judges preside over the “case.” Jurors score the teams based on PBA-established criteria and the teams compete to advance to the Pennsylvania state finals held in Harrisburg on March 27th and 28th.

The winner of the Pennsylvania competition advances to the National Championship in Evansville, Indiana in May. Our firm is proud of the efforts of our associates in participating in this great event and congratulates the Young Lawyers Division and all of the participants in the event.

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Dream Builders: Rockin’ Raffle

Our own Nick Marinelli, an associate in our Business & Finance Department, is participating in Leadership Wilkes-Barre. His group, Dream Builders, is asking for community members to play a role in a project that will make a huge difference in the lives of foster youth in our community.

Their goal is to acquire and install a new play area in the back yard of Brandon’s Forever Home (BFH) in Hazleton, in order to give the foster youth that receive services at BFH a safe, fun space to enjoy. Right now, they are holding a Rockin’ Raffle! Tickets are $25 each and only 200 are being sold. The grand prize winner will win 2 tickets to all three shows in Hershey: Motley Crue/Poison, the Hella Mega Tour (Weezer/Fallout Boy/Green Day), and Journey/The Pretenders. To purchase a ticket or to learn more about their project, please visit https://www.facebook.com/LWBDreamBuilders/ or contact any member of the Dream Builders team on the their Facebook Page.

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/.

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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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