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Be Wary of “Binding Mediation”

May 15, 2018 By Richard C. Sokorai Over the last 100 years, High Swartz attorneys have engaged in countless cases involving alternative dispute resolution, representing litigants in arbitrations and mediations and serving as arbitrators and mediators.   Recently however, I have noticed a newer concept being incorporated into contractual provisions and settlement discussions:  “binding mediation”.  Such […]

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Statute of Repose in the Context of Construction Cases

June 6, 2017 By Kevin Cornish Imagine you are a homeowner and you hire someone to perform a construction project on your house. Or, you are a contractor who performed some type of construction.  Once a job is completed, what is the maximum amount of time that Pennsylvania allow for a lawsuit to be filed […]

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Mediation v. Arbitration

February 3, 2016 Most people know what litigation is, likely due to wisdom gleaned from television, if not from personal experience.  They probably also know that litigation is not something they want to be a part of if it can be avoided.  Litigation can be a long, expensive and demanding process as it’s not usually […]

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Stages of a Lawsuit Through the Eyes of a Football Fan

December 9, 2015 By: Mark R. Fischer Jr., Esq. Each time I begin working with a new client, I find myself explaining what will be involved in the handling of their lawsuit.  Most people generally understand that a lawsuit involves two parties that have a disagreement they cannot resolve on their own, so they turn […]

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Commercial Lease Agreements: Why You Need A Lawyer

September 24, 2015 By Kevin Cornish, Esq. Small business owners spend significant time and money preparing to open and operate their businesses.  From market research to obtaining necessary equipment to securing inventory, the tasks are endless.  Small business owners must also secure facilities from which to operate.  Often, this means renting commercial space from a […]

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Customer Contracts For Small Businesses

July 30, 2015 By Mark R. Fischer Jr., Esq. Handling commercial litigation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, I see a lot of “contracts” between small businesses and their customers.  They come in various forms, ranging from traditional written agreements signed by the customer and the business, to handwritten quotes accepted by the customer verbally.  Unfortunately […]

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What happens when your insurance company refuses to defend you?

June 24, 2015 by Kevin Cornish, Esq. Individuals and businesses purchase insurance to protect themselves and their assets: automobile insurance to protect them in the event of an accident involving a motor vehicle; homeowners insurance to protect their house and property; commercial general liability insurance to protect their businesses; professional liability insurance to protect professional […]

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HICPA Compliance and Unjust Enrichment Claim

By Kevin Cornish, Esq. March 11, 2015   This is a follow up to the June 1, 2014 blog entitled Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Decide Whether HICPA Allows Recovery under a Theory of Unjust Enrichment. HICPA does not preclude recovery on Unjust Enrichment Claim The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of […]

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Is a Homebuilder Liable for Hidden Defects? PA Supreme Court to Decide

By Mark R. Fischer, Esq. May 20, 2014 No one really knows what surprises lie ahead after purchasing a home.  That’s because many of the potential problems with a home cannot be seen by the purchaser, even with a reasonable inspection.  Also, even though problems may exist from the time the home is built, they […]

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Alternate Energy Can Be Costly

  By Ken R. Myers Electric and gas utilities in this area are required to allow customers to sign with an alternate energy supplier, part of a deregulation program that is past its tenth birthday and still not quite comfortable for utilities or customers.  Do you want to sign with an alternate supplier?  You might […]

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