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WILL “WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES” DEFINITION BECOME LESS FLUID?

12/26/2018 | Articles & Alerts

By way of brief background, the federal Clean Water Act prohibits discharges to “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) without a permit. However, there was no definition of WOTUS. In 2015, the Obama Administration finalized the WOTUS Rule, which applied an expansive meaning to the term to broaden federal jurisdiction. In October 2015, the Sixth Circuit delayed the effective date of the WOTUS Rule pending judicial review. In January 2018, the Supreme Court ordered that the Sixth Circuit lift its […]

“THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA”© 2018

10/21/2018 | General

CONGRATULATIONS KAPLIN STEWART ATTORNEYS LISTED IN “THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA”© 2018 The 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers recognizes eight Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C.  principals as leading lawyers across 34 areas of specialization.  Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding lawyers by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” Kaplin Stewart is extremely […]

PENNSYLVANIA ENACTS AMENDMENTS TO ITS CONTRACTOR AND SUBCONTRACTOR PAYMENT ACT

7/26/2018 | General

Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (“CASPA”) was enacted in 1994 to address construction industry payment abuses between owners, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. The underlying purpose of CASPA is to protect the payment rights of contractors and subcontractors and to encourage fair dealing among parties to a construction contract. The statute provides rules and deadlines to ensure prompt payment, to discourage unreasonable withholding of payment, and to address the timing of progress payments and retainages. Under circumstances prescribed in the […]

DELAWARE COUNTY TO ENGAGE IN REASSESSMENT OF ALL COUNTY PROPERTY

3/14/2018 | Articles & Alerts

DELAWARE COUNTY TO ENGAGE IN REASSESSMENT OF ALL COUNTY PROPERTY

Pursuant to a recent order of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, the County will now undertake the first reassessment of all property valuations since 2000. The reassessment is required to address the apparent lack of uniformity in property assessments, which constitutes a violation of the Pennsylvania Constitution.  The tax burden for some taxpayers may rise substantially. Historically, values have increased, though recently some types of property in certain areas have remained unchanged or even decreased in value. No […]