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HTMLSchuylkill Products: Important Lessons and Reminders about the Power of the False Claims Act
Daniel E. Fierstein, Jennifer M. Horn, Katherine Tohanczyn; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
July 4, 2014, previously published on June 11, 2014
As many federal government contractors know, the False Claims Act (FCA) is a tool used by the federal government to deter fraud. Those found to have knowingly submitted false information to the government in violation of the FCA stand to suffer the imposition of fines, forfeiture of improperly...

 

HTMLSupreme Court's Pass on Berks Products Impacts PA Contractors
Jason A. Copley, Daniel E. Fierstein; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 11, 2014
Counterintuitive as it may seem, courts can exert significant influence by deciding not to consider a case. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania did just that on April 1, 2014 when it decided not to consider an appeal in the Berks Products Corp. v. Arch Insurance Co. case (Berks). The underlying case...

 

HTMLMessy Solar Construction Litigation Sheds a Little Light on the Intersection of New Jersey Lien Statutes and Public Private Partnership
Daniel E. Fierstein, Jennifer M. Horn; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
April 1, 2014, previously published on March 31, 2014
A recent case before the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey (Morris County Improvement Authority and Somerset County Improvement Authority v. Power Partners Mastec, LLC) involving solar construction has shed light (pun intended) on the complications associated with projects that...

 

HTMLNew Permitting and Licensure Requirements Take Effect in Philadelphia
Daniel E. Fierstein, Catherine Nguyen; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 8, 2014, previously published on January 06, 2014
As we reflect upon the past year, few in the Delaware Valley will forget the fateful day in June when a building located at 22nd and Market Streets collapsed in the midst of demolition work performed by contractor Griffin Campbell, which claimed six lives. In an effort to improve safety and prevent...

 

HTMLWhatever it Takes? School District of Philadelphia Sues Dozens of its Architecture and Design Professionals
Daniel E. Fierstein, Lane F. Kelman; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2013, previously published on September 6, 2013
As schools across the country open, most people in the Delaware Valley are well aware of the School District of Philadelphia’s financial woes. As the School District considers measures to help close its massive budget deficit, it has recently begun to take legal action that is particularly...

 

HTMLNew Jersey Supreme Court Sheds Light on Liability for Latent Construction Defects
Jonathan A. Cass, Daniel E. Fierstein; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
July 23, 2013, previously published on July 19, 2013
A few weeks ago, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision that could have a profound effect on members of New Jersey’s construction community. In Town of Kearny v. Louis F. Brandt, the Court issued two major holdings: (i) under New Jersey’s Statute of Repose, an architect with...

 

HTMLIs My Surety the Same As My Insurance Carrier? Not So Much Says a Federal Court in Pennsylvania
Lori Wisniewski Azzara, Daniel E. Fierstein, John A. Greenhall; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
July 18, 2013, previously published on July 12, 2013
As members of the construction industry know, to describe the relationship between a surety and the party to whom it issues a surety bond (the principal) as confusing would be an understatement. In fact, many believe that the surety-principal relationship is similar, if not identical, to the...

 

HTMLCity of Philadelphia Creates Its Own Adaptation of False Claims Act
Daniel E. Fierstein, Catherine Nguyen; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 19, 2013, previously published on June 14, 2013
Employers doing business in the City of Philadelphia must pay taxes on wages (including salaries, commissions, and other forms of compensation) and net profits. A new ordinance shores up current enforcement mechanisms, arming the City with aggressive penalties on overdue taxes and giving private...

 

HTMLCan I File a Mechanics' Lien on a Building that was Never Built? Maybe...
Daniel E. Fierstein, Jennifer M. Horn; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 6, 2013, previously published on June 5, 2013
Since the Recession of 2008, the story of the construction project that fell through shortly after breaking ground has repeated itself far too frequently. In too many of these situations, financing dries up, leaving owners without project funds to pay general contractors and general contractors...

 

HTMLWhat Do You Call a Contractor Who Provides an Owner with an OCP Policy, Additional Insured Status, and Indemnification? Confused
Jonathan A. Cass, Daniel E. Fierstein; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 2, 2013, previously published on April 26, 2013
For most people, there is only one thing more excruciating than a discussion about insurance coverage: a blog post about it. So brace yourselves dear readers.

 


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