SBA Announces Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued a statement today, June 8, 2020, following the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act, which is designed to provide enhanced flexibility for borrowers who have already received PPP loans to keep employees on the payroll and … Continue reading SBA Announces Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

June 1 Changes in Utility Electric Energy Prices and Tips to Decrease Your Electric Bill

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) today, May 27, 2020, reminded consumers that most electric distribution companies (EDCs) across the state will be adjusting electric generation prices on June 1 for non-shopping customers. Depending on your service territory, energy prices could be increasing or decreasing for the summer months, and the PUC encourages … Continue reading June 1 Changes in Utility Electric Energy Prices and Tips to Decrease Your Electric Bill

FTC-FCC warning letters suggest a different kind of distancing

Agencies Target Companies Routing Scam Robocalls to Consumers about Fake COVID-19-Related Refunds, Loan Reductions, and Social Security Threats May 20, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) demanded that gateway providers allowing COVID-19 pandemic-related scam robocalls into the United States cut off this traffic or face serious consequences.  This is the second … Continue reading FTC-FCC warning letters suggest a different kind of distancing

PaPUC Approves Acquisition of Wastewater System in East Norriton Township, Montgomery County, by Aqua PA Wastewater Inc.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) today, May 21, 2020, approved an acquisition application of Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater Inc. (Aqua) for Aqua’s purchase of East Norriton Township’s (East Norriton) wastewater system assets in Montgomery County. The Commission voted 4-0 to approve a Joint Petition for Settlement of All Issues for the transfer of East Norriton’s  wastewater system … Continue reading PaPUC Approves Acquisition of Wastewater System in East Norriton Township, Montgomery County, by Aqua PA Wastewater Inc.

PaPUC Clarifies Settlement Involving ‘Remaining Life Study’ & Enhanced Public Reporting on Integrity of Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 Pipeline

Today, May 21, 2020, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) clarified a section of a March 2020 Tentative Order directing an independent “remaining life study” of the Mariner East 1 (ME1) pipeline crossing Pennsylvania – and established a 10-day period for comments by active and interested parties. The Commission voted 4-0 today in … Continue reading PaPUC Clarifies Settlement Involving ‘Remaining Life Study’ & Enhanced Public Reporting on Integrity of Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 Pipeline

PaPUC to Investigate Rate Increase Requests by PA-American Water Co. & PA-American Water Co. Wastewater Division

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) today, May 21, 2020, voted to suspend and investigate rate increase requests by Pennsylvania- American Water Company (PAWC) and PAWC’s Wastewater Division (PAWC-WD). The Commission voted 4-0 to investigate PAWC’s requests for multi-year rate increases in its water and wastewater rates. For water service, PAWC proposes to increase total annual operating … Continue reading PaPUC to Investigate Rate Increase Requests by PA-American Water Co. & PA-American Water Co. Wastewater Division

Pay the Computer Ransom? – 94% get their data back

The State of Ransomware 2020 global study conducted earlier this year on behalf of Sophos and reported this week in its blog found that organizations that decide to pay the ransom to get their data back, do so in 94% of cases. The research questioned 5,000 IT managers from 26 countries (500 from the US … Continue reading Pay the Computer Ransom? – 94% get their data back

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?

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