Monthly Archives: November 2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on Nov 26, 2015.

From our family to yours…  Happy Thanksgiving to all of our clients, friends, colleagues, and neighbors!

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Kaplin Stewart Construction Law To Offer Spring Seminar Series

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Kaplin Stewart News on Nov 24, 2015.

The Kaplin Stewart Construction Law Department is excited to announce its newest program offering. Starting in January, our attorneys will present our Spring Seminar Series to help our clients and friends prepare for the upcoming busy season. Designed to provide invaluable information to help construction firms plan their new projects, the programs will be approximately an hour long and held at Kaplin Stewart’s main offices in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. The program list is as follows:

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Is a State Wide Plumbing Licensure Structure On Its Way In Pennsylvania?

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Pending Legislation on Nov 20, 2015.

Pennsylvania House Bill 1357 is presently before the Professional Licensure Committee in the House of Representatives. The legislation, which is scheduled for a committee hearing next month, would impose a state wide licensure system on the plumbing trades in Pennsylvania if passed.

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WHEN RENEWING YOUR INSURANCE POLICY IS NOT RENEWING YOUR INSURANCE POLICY

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Insurance on Nov 17, 2015.

Although regular risk assessments and re-evaluations of insurance coverage are generally a good idea, it’s not uncommon for construction companies to take the approach of renewing their existing insurance policy when it comes up for renewal. Some policies – particularly specialty policies – have renewal clauses in them that sophisticated companies should be aware of when renewing their insurance though. A recent decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia sheds some light on this issue.

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Tips On Getting Paid For Your Construction Work

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Contract Clauses on Nov 16, 2015.

There is at least one universal truth in businesses of all kinds: no one likes to work for free. The risk of non-payment in the construction industry can be greater than in others because of the significant financial outlay that is required just to perform the work. Reimbursement for labor and material costs are required just to avoid losing money (not profit) on a job. And we all know what happens to companies that don’t at least break even most of the time.

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Did you know?

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on Nov 13, 2015.

Did you know that the Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 telescopic crane (pictured below) is one of the biggest pieces of construction equipment in the world? With a lifting capacity of up to 1,200 tons, a boom of 126 meters, and a reach of 126 meters more, it gets from place to place on a nine-axle suspension system.

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Veteran’s Day

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on Nov 11, 2015.

Kaplin Stewart and all of its employees are acutely aware of how much has been sacrificed by members of our Armed Forces through the years in order to keep us safe and defend the freedom we all hold dear. Each year we pause to recognize all those who serve this great nation: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.

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Pew Study Finds “Councilmanic Prerogative” As Strong As Ever In Philly

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Development on Nov 7, 2015.

It has long been the custom in Philadelphia that individual City Council members have the final say on land development and zoning issues within the bounds of the districts they represent. Even projects that are good for the City as a whole and supported by a majority of City Council members can be stopped by a single member of council when this unwritten rule is invoked.

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Did You Know?

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on Nov 6, 2015.

Did you know that the highest bridge ever constructed over water is the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado? It spans the Arkansas River and is a little more than 1,000 feet over the river. Built in 1929, it cost about $350,000 to build.

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FINAL UPDATE: House Bill 874 Becomes Law

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Pending Legislation on Nov 5, 2015.

Defying the conventional wisdom on how he would handle the recently passed union intimidation bill that was sent to him, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the legislation into law. In a short press release that can be found here, the Governor indicated that he agreed it was time to close the loophole in the law “that allowed both employees and employers” to engage in harassment without penalty when in a labor dispute.

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