Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Queen’s English The Verbs To Lie (down) and To Lay

The verbs to lie (as in recline) and to lay are vexatious in their grammatical challenges.  It is improper to say “I am going to lay down” or “Yesterday he laid on the hammock.”; and yet it seems that more often than not in ordinary… Continue reading

There’s No Place Like Home (For Your Business)

Local zoning laws have long recognized the right of individuals to conduct a business in their homes, typically called “home occupations.”  However, different municipalities have defined what business activities constituted home occupations differently, the typical list including professions and other businesses that have historically been… Continue reading

Protecting Our Hershey Bar!

In an action filed in the US District Court in Harrisburg (Hershey Co. v. Williams Sonoma, Inc.) the Hershey Co. has asked the Court to enjoin any further sales of a brownie pan sold by Williams Sonoma, Inc.  Hershey claims that the dimensions of the… Continue reading

Time to Buy (or Sell) a Business?

ith the economy beginning to rebound, now may be the perfect time to buy or sell a business.  Interest rates are low, consumer confidence is on the upswing, and prices have adjusted to the new economic realities. We handle many business acquisitions each year of… Continue reading

Reminder: Some 2010 Income Tax Credits

Income tax deductions are good; if you are in a 30% tax bracket and receive a $100 deduction, that’s $30 saved.  But tax credits are great!  For a $100 tax credit, you put $100 in your pocket, irrespective of your tax bracket. Congress has created… Continue reading

A Night Out Turns Lethal – – Whose Fault?

There’s an old joke which involves a young man who shoots his parents; when he is standing before the court, about to be sentenced for murder, he asks the judge to be lenient with him since he is an orphan.   Somewhat akin to that… Continue reading

Severance Packages and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Many severance agreements contain “waiver” language that releases or purports to release the employer from age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (the “ADEA”). For employees 40 years of age and older and their employers, the validity of that waiver is vital. … Continue reading