Category: Newsletters

Distributors: What Makes Them Unique From Other Retail Liquor Licenses

Pennsylvania alcohol consumers purchase most of their alcoholic products from restaurant licensees, state stores or from distributors in the case of beer or malt brewed beverages.  The Commonwealth serves as the wholesaler of wine and spirits and distributes those products to its state stores which… Continue reading

Latin Lovers: Shorthand Edition

Latin phrases pervade the legal profession; we see them in court opinions and in legal arguments.  In many ways, latin phrases are a form of “shorthand” for lengthier concepts. Here are some examples: Sui Juris:  In a legal complaint filing, it might say “Plaintiff, sui… Continue reading

The Importance of Contingencies

The purchase of residential real estate is the largest transaction many people ever engage in.  All too often, the details of the written agreement become obscured by all the decisions that confront the buyer upon the purchase of a home.  The purpose of this article… Continue reading

Exceptions to At-Will Employment

Pennsylvania, like many states, is an at-will employment state, meaning that both the employer and the employee may terminate the employment relationship for any reason and at any time without advance notice.  Generally speaking, an employer does not have to have a reason to terminate… Continue reading

The Queen’s English: A Grammatical Thunderclap

For anyone who cares about English grammar, the news will resolve an issue that has proved to be insoluble forever.  Merriam-Webster has announced that henceforth the pronoun they may be used to refer to a “single person whose gender identity is nonbinary.”  This no doubt… Continue reading

Realty Transfer Tax and Real Estate Companies

Notwithstanding its name, Pennsylvania realty transfer tax extends beyond the mere taxation of transfers of real estate. The tax also applies to certain transfers of ownership interests in a so-called “real estate company.”  Generally, a “change” of 90% of the total “capital and profits ownership… Continue reading

What is Gaming/Gambling According to the LCB? And Why Does it Matter?

Gambling is permitted in many Pennsylvania businesses licensed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“LCB”). The most obvious example is casinos which offer a myriad of games for their patrons.  There is also a special permit available to certain licensees from the LCB called a… Continue reading

The Queen’s English – Ever-Evolving Meanings

Drawing on Benjamin Dreyer’s “Peeves and Crotchats” in his Dreyer’s English, what follows are comments on common usage and mis-usage in some cases. Artisanal.  It’s difficult to be in almost any kind of a store and not encounter this term, especially in describing food products. … Continue reading

Update on Subsequent Home Purchaser’s Claim for Breach of Warranty of Habitability

In a previous edition of this newsletter we reported on the case of Conway v. Cutler, in which the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that a second (or subsequent) purchaser of a home could bring a claim against the builder of a home for a breach… Continue reading

The Importance of a Will

In 2017 AARP published an article on a study that found that sixty percent of adult Americans do not have a will.  What this statistic implies from state to state varies in the detail.  However, on a general level we can state what it means… Continue reading