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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...

 

HTMLPennsylvania Supreme Court Evenly Divided on Discoverability of Attorney-Expert Communications
Matthew L. Erlanger, Jennifer M. Horn; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 6, 2014, previously published on May 16, 2014
On April 29, 2014, an evenly divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order affirming the Pennsylvania Superior Court’s decision in Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital. The ruling means that communications between a party’s counsel and a party’s expert witness remain exempt from...

 

HTMLWant to Appeal a Bid Protest Decision Involving A Maryland State Contract? If New Legislation Becomes Law, You May Have to Pay to Play...
Jennifer M. Horn; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2014, previously published on March 7, 2014
New Proposed Legislation Would Require Bond: If House Bill 1488 becomes law in Maryland, bid protesters of state contracts appealing a decision to the Maryland Board of Contract Appeals would be required to simultaneously submit a “protest appeal bond or other form of acceptable...

 

HTMLHome Inspector Liability: Home Owners Should Inspect Their Inspectors and Their Contracts
Jennifer M. Horn, Matthew G. Tom; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 13, 2013
Owning a home can be an immensely rewarding experience, the keystone of the American Dream. Buying a home, however, can be an immensely complicated experience fraught with risks. Before taking the plunge into homeownership, it is important for a prospective home owner to engage a qualified home...

 

HTMLHomeowners Affected by Stucco Defects Should Watch This Pennsylvania Supreme Court Case
Jennifer M. Horn, Matthew G. Tom; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 22, 2013, previously published on November 15, 2013
Unfortunately, dealing with the serious and often financially debilitating issues related to defective stucco is nothing new to many Pennsylvania homeowners. In addition to repairing defective work, a homeowner’s status as a first purchaser of the home, as opposed to a subsequent purchaser,...

 

HTMLPA's Right to Know Law: An Overlooked Weapon On Public Construction Projects
Jennifer M. Horn; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 15, 2013, previously published on October 11, 2013
The phrase “knowledge is power,” like most clichés, proves true more often than not - especially on construction projects where the status and amount of payments, terms of written agreements, and the content of project documents are key. On public construction projects in...

 

HTMLAre Apps Taking Over the Construction Industry?
Jennifer M. Horn, Robert John O'Brien; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 17, 2013, previously published on August 14, 2013
Loyal readers will recall our previous discussion regarding the prevalence of tablets and iPads on construction project sites. As the industry becomes increasingly connected, user-friendly apps for mobile devices are changing the way contractors perform their work on a daily basis.

 

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...

 

HTMLIt's Good to Be the King: New Pennsylvania Supreme Court Case Reminds Contractors How Difficult It Can Be to Take Legal Action against the Commonwealth
Daniel E. Fierstein, Jennifer M. Horn; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
April 17, 2013, previously published on April 15. 2013
Public construction work can be attractive to contractors, especially in a down economy, because the payments are considered more certain and secure than with private work. One major pitfall of public work, however, is that legal recourse against a government entity can be much more limited than...

 

HTMLArchitectural Billings Index Continues To Indicate Increased Construction Activity
Jennifer M. Horn; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2013, previously published on February 11, 2013
The Architectural Billings Index (ABI), an important construction indicator, continues to show increased construction activity and economic momentum in a recent 2012 report. For the fifth straight month, architectural billings increased. In addition, business conditions improved in all regions of...