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Month: June 2015

Landlords Beware

A landlord cannot escape the reach of a municipal lien when a tenant fails to pay for a municipal service.  In City of Philadelphia v. Perfetti, 2171 C.D. 2014, (Pa. Cmwlth., filed June 8, 2015), Perfetti’s tenants were responsible to pay their gas bills, but failed to do so for a number of years.  The City finally caught up …

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

What hath the U.S. Supreme Court wrought in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona (decided June 18, 2015)?  In this case, the small, financially-strapped Good News Community Church could not afford a building of its own, so it held temporary services at different locations.  The church would place temporary signs around town in the public …

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Blowing the Whistle While You Work

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently decided a case involving a fired zoning officer and the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law, 43 P.S. §§1421-1428.  In Rohner v. Atkinson, et al., (1654 C.D. 2014, decided June 10, 2015), the Township’s zoning officer issued negative reports on a school construction project for leaks in the roof and deviations from the …

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