A Plan for Municipal Ordinances to Deal with COVID-19

According to the news this morning, several counties are now considering backing down on their plans to reopen after Governor Wolf's threats yesterday. For that reason,  NOW is the time for you to contact your county and municipal government. These officials need to know that they have your support if they challenge the Governor.   … Continue reading A Plan for Municipal Ordinances to Deal with COVID-19

May 11, 2020 – The Day Governor Wolf Lost Control of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

May 11, 2020 will go down in history as the day the Governor Wolf lost control of the state. In a series of statements today, Governor Wolf called the counties seeking to reopen against his wishes “cowardly.” He stated that businesses who reopen against his wishes could face loss of licenses, certificates of occupancy and … Continue reading May 11, 2020 – The Day Governor Wolf Lost Control of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Berks County Commissioners Seek to Reopen Berks County in Defiance of Governor Wolf’s Quarantine Order – But Is It Lawful?

In a stunning move, the Berks County Commissioners are discussing their own plan to reopen Berks County; a plan that will apparently not include Governor Wolf. The legal question is, assuming, arguendo, that the Governor's order is lawful, can County Commissioners enter an order that would be contrary to the Governor’s order and reopen the … Continue reading Berks County Commissioners Seek to Reopen Berks County in Defiance of Governor Wolf’s Quarantine Order – But Is It Lawful?

Governor Wolf and Attorney General Shapiro Attempt to Prohibit Evictions and Foreclosures

Today the Governor of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Attorney General took the outrageous step of attempting to prohibit evictions and foreclosures until July 10, 2020. This move is a violation of basic separation of powers principles that you may remember from 6th Grade Social Studies. The Governor and Attorney General are both members of the … Continue reading Governor Wolf and Attorney General Shapiro Attempt to Prohibit Evictions and Foreclosures

Landlord-Tenant Eviction Process and Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

An unprecedented time in Pennsylvania law will be occurring in the next few weeks. For the past six weeks, Pennsylvania has been under work restrictions which have led to record numbers of employees being laid off or furloughed. This has led to tremendous numbers of tenants who have not paid rent for April or May. … Continue reading Landlord-Tenant Eviction Process and Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pennsylvania Game Commission Resuming Hearing Regarding Revocations of Hunting Privileges

I’m pleased to report that as of yesterday, the Pennsylvania Game Commission Administrative Offices are attempting to resume operations in respect to hearings for revocation of hunting privileges. So far the Game Commission has been in contact with 3 of my clients about rescheduling hearings. If you have a pending revocation hearing and do not … Continue reading Pennsylvania Game Commission Resuming Hearing Regarding Revocations of Hunting Privileges

Unemployment Eligibility and COVID/Coronavirus Concerns

We just got notice that the Pennsylvania Unemployment Office is resuming hearings for unemployment claim challenges. For the moment, all unemployment hearings will be conducted with all parties appearing by telephone. As is their standard practice, all unemployment hearings are audio recorded. We’ve had several questions about unemployment eligibility in the past few weeks. The … Continue reading Unemployment Eligibility and COVID/Coronavirus Concerns

Pennsylvania Municipalities Enacting Unlawful Curfews

We recently became aware that several Pennsylvania Municipalities have imposed curfews due to coronavirus/COVID concerns. Upon initial review, the curfews are likely illegal. So far, we're aware of the following curfews: West Hazleton Borough: http://www.westhazletonboro.org/Pages/Home.aspx Hazleton: http://www.hazletoncity.org/Latest-news/emergency-proclamation-from-hazleton-mayor-jeff-cusat.html West York: https://westyorkpa.gov/ Freeland: https://www.freelandborough.org/ Hazle Township: http://www.hazletownship.com/ While we assume there are more municipalities that have enacted … Continue reading Pennsylvania Municipalities Enacting Unlawful Curfews

Pennsylvania State Police Are Now Enforcing Governor Wolf’s Stay-At-Home Order

Police agencies are now taking steps to enforce the Governor and Department of Health’s “Stay Home” order. A woman in York county has now been cited for driving her car in violate of the “Stay Home” orders. It is therefore a good time to review what that order says: The Governor has ordered: All individuals … Continue reading Pennsylvania State Police Are Now Enforcing Governor Wolf’s Stay-At-Home Order

Has Your Business Shuttered By Governor Wolf? You May Have Insurance Coverage

As many businesses have been ordered shuttered by Governor Wolf, there is a growing concern by all businesses, both big and small, as to how they can pay their debts and survive, while being forced to close by the Governor. Many business are unaware of business interruption insurance, which is frequently bundled with your general … Continue reading Has Your Business Shuttered By Governor Wolf? You May Have Insurance Coverage