Monthly Archives: March 2014

PA House Bill 427 Would Impose New Rules On Homebuilders

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Pending Legislation on Mar 20, 2014.

Although introduced as part of the 2013 legislative session, House Bill 427 now seems to be gaining some momentum in the state legislature. The bill, whose primary sponsor is Representative Readshaw, would impose a number of new rules for residential home builders.

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Pennsylvania Legislation Removing Exemption for Stalking, Harassment, and Threats to Use Weapons of Mass Destruction From Criminal Code Passes Pennsylvania House

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Construction Industry News on Mar 19, 2014.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently passed legislation which removes the exemption for harassment, stalking, or threats to use weapons of mass destruction when involved in a labor dispute from the criminal code. The bill, which can be read in its entirety here, passed the house with a vote of 115-74 and has moved over to the Senate for consideration.

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Construction Trivia

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on Mar 14, 2014.

There is an ongoing debate in the construction and development industry about the usefulness of building more office space. Technology has made workers more mobile, particularly when it comes to traditional “desk jobs. This discussion is prompted in part by the amount of office space already available.

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Kaplin Stewart Construction Attorneys Win “Bait and Switch” Trial

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Kaplin Stewart News on Mar 12, 2014.

A team of Kaplin Stewart attorneys recently won a significant verdict on behalf of one of its site contractor clients. Mohammad A. Ghiasuddin served as lead counsel at trial and was assisted by Mike Hogan.

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Billion Dollar Judgment Against Lead Paint Companies

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Construction Industry News on Mar 11, 2014.

Your eyes did not deceive you when you read the title. Lead paint companies were hit with a $1.15 billion verdict – that is billion with a b – in California recently. In addition to the size of the award, the theory by which it was obtained is of some interest. The question for the construction industry in this region is whether this case is a precursor to similar litigation in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware.

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Deadline for Comment on New OSHA Record Keeping Rule Approaching

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in OSHA Safety Issues on Mar 5, 2014.

The amended deadline for public comment on the new regulation pertaining to keeping records on construction worksite injuries is looming. As of today, public comment on the proposed change will close on March 8, 2014.

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