Lancaster County continues to be an attractive marketplace for entrepreneurs in the technology sector. Over the last few weeks, the below articles caught my eye as interesting examples of what Lancaster has to offer to growing companies:

$50,000 Big Idea contest for tech entrepreneurs names 7 finalists

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA have been investing big time in Lancaster, including this contest and the TechCelerator at the Candy Factory. This article highlights the finalists in the Big Idea competition – best of luck to them!

A vision for Lancaster as the Silicon Valley of social enterprise

As co-executive director of Assets (a nonprofit that promotes entrepreneurship as a means to combat poverty), Jonathan Coleman shares his ideas for how Lancaster could be a hub for benefit corporations.

NeuroFlow is heading to Lancaster to see if its biz model makes sense

A medical technology startup takes advantage of Lancaster’s Smart Health Innovation Lab, a joint venture between Aspire Ventures, Capital BlueCross, Clio Health and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.

Where American Politics Can Still Work: From the Bottom Up

New York Times opinion columnist Thomas L. Friedman writes about the revitalization of Lancaster from a “crime ridden ghost town” 20 years ago to a thriving community that serves as an example for other cities.

These articles are just a few examples of the resources available to businesses and entrepreneurs in Lancaster County. We’ve previously written about other options available here, here and here. Have questions about starting or growing your business in Lancaster County? Feel free to contact us.

Matt Landis is an attorney at Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He received his law degree from Widener University Commonwealth School of Law and works regularly with business owners and entrepreneurs.

We’re trying something new on the Lancaster Law Blog – from time to time we’ll post roundups highlighting some of our content on a particular topic. In this inaugural roundup post, I’ll focus on a few issues that we’ve covered that apply to small businesses. If you have an idea for a roundup or just a topic you’d like to hear more about, feel free to contact us.

You’ve Formed a Business Entity – Now What? Silos and Piercing the Corporate Veil

Warning – this post is a unique blend of Lancaster County with a solid analogy between silos and the role of your business entity in protecting your personal assets. Learn more about what you need to do after creating your business to make sure you maintain the limited liability protection it was created for. Continue Reading Roundup: Legal Issues for Small Business

On Fridays, we compile and post Legal Links, a list of legal news, reported cases, community events and topics of interest to Lancaster residents and readers of the Lancaster Law Blog.

 1. Teens Sue For Right to Vote. As the fields narrow for Democrats and Republicans to determine their nominees for the 2016 Presidential Election, a group of 17 year olds have sued the Ohio Secretary of State to restore their right to vote in the primary since they will turn 18 in time to vote in the general election.

Interested in an overview of the development of voting laws in the United States? MassVOTE, a nonprofit organization with a mission of  promoting a culture of active political participation has a comprehensive timeline available here. Continue Reading Legal Links – March 11, 2016

On Fridays, we compile and post Legal Links, a list of legal news, reported cases, community events and topics of interest to Lancaster residents and readers of the Lancaster Law Blog.

 1.  Emotionally Supportive Pythons. A Council Bluffs, Iowa woman is at odds with a local ordinance that prevents owning snakes, because she wants to use her pet pythons as emotional support animals.

Coincidentally, Aaron Marines discussed this issue last week with respect to condominium and homeowners associations, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the distinction between emotional support animals and service animals in this post: Are SOME Dogs Allowed?

2.  At a Secret Location in Ephrata…artists are working on bronze replicas of the infamous Joe Paterno statute that was removed from the University Park campus in 2012 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Ever wonder about how the law protects sculpture and other original works of authorship?

Take a look at Section 102 of the Copyright Act of 1976 for some light reading on the subject. Or reach out to our own Matt Landis, who is currently taking a course on copyright law from Harvard Law School to supplement his knowledge of intellectual property and the law.

P.S. This blog post was written in a not-so-secret location in East Hempfield Township.

3.  #UnlockTheBox. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking last week that proposes to change the current model for providing video from cable companies.

Currently, consumers rent their cable boxes from their providers, costing consumers an average of $231 per year. Under the proposal, cable companies would be required to provide video using open standards, allowing consumers to purchase set-top boxes from third party manufacturers, such as potential offerings from Apple, TiVo, Roku, Google, Amazon or others who already provide access to streaming services through various products.

This article contains an overview of proposed effects of the FCC proposal: The FCC wants to blow up the cable box.

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On Fridays, we compile and post Legal Links, a list of legal news, reported cases, community events and topics of interest to Lancaster residents and readers of the Lancaster Law Blog.

 1.  Drone Deadline. If you have an unmanned aircraft system (commonly known as a drone) that weighs between 0.55 lbs. and 55 lbs., today is the deadline to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration, which can be completed online for $5.00 here.

Penalties for failure to register include both civil and criminal penalties.

2.  RIP Harper Lee. Harper Lee, author of classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird, passed away today at the age of 89. The timeless story and characters of Scout and her father, Atticus Finch, have inspired generations of readers since its publication in 1960 and 1962 film adaptation.

To Kill A Mockingbird

Personally, one of my most prized possessions is a hardcover version of the book that I received as a gift upon graduation from college from my favorite professor and pre-law advisor, Dr. Michele DeMary.

3.  Apple Takes a Stand on Privacy vs. Security Debate. Apple Inc. has publicly refused to comply with a judge’s order to compel the company to assist the FBI in retrieving information from the phone of one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.

Here’s Apple CEO Tim Cook’s open letter to customers outlining the principles behind the Company’s decision, and a review of some of the legal and ethical issues arising out of this case courtesy of the Harvard Gazette: Apple bites back.

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On Fridays, we compile and post Legal Links, a list of legal news, reported cases, community events and topics of interest to Lancaster residents and readers of the Lancaster Law Blog.

  1. The People Vs. O. J. Simpson. One of the first national news events I can recall is the verdict from the O. J. Simpson trial. I vividly remember a TV being rolled on a cart into my 5th grade classroom, I assume so that the teachers could get together and watch the verdict.

FX has put together a true crime TV series, with the first season focusing on the O. J. Simpson murder trial. The series has an all-star cast, featuring Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, to name a few.

If you haven’t seen it, you aren’t too far behind – only two episodes of the show have aired. Catch up On Demand or via the FX Now app.

Interested in the factual accuracy of the show? Both Vulture and Vanity Fair are running series that fact-check the show.

  1. Calling All Young Professionals! There’s a new networking group in town. The Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network will have their inaugural event on Wednesday March 2, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Boniface Craft Brewing Company.

The event is free for Ephrata Chamber members and $5.00 for non-members. If you’re interested in learning more, here’s a link for registration and additional information.

  1. Vehicle Registration Stickers. Speaking of registration – in 2017, Pennsylvania will eliminate vehicle registration stickers, saving over $3 million dollars in costs.
  1. Speaking Out. Next week, the dynamic duo of Matt Landis and Lindsay Schoeneberger will be giving a presentation about contracts and estate planning (respectively) to the Lancaster Networking Group. Matt will also be presenting a seminar to ASSETS Lancaster’s Lending Circles on the basics of employment law for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Interested in having a seminar at your organization? Feel free to contact us to see how we can help.

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On Fridays, we compile and post Legal Links, a list of legal news, reported cases, community events and topics of interest to Lancaster residents and readers of the Lancaster Law Blog.

1.  The Law in the News – 2015 Edition.The ABA Journal compiled and summarized what it considers the 10 most important legal stories of 2015, touching on major developments regarding same-sex marriage, capital punishment, and Syrian refugees.

In the number one spot is the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which provides same-sex couples the right to marry under the protection of the 14th Amendment.  This sparked some dissenting jurisdictions to enact religious freedom laws, and it also resulted in the Kim Davis controversy.

There was a notable decline in executions during the course of the year, which can be partially attributed difficulty in obtaining the drugs used for lethal injection; after large shipments of sodium thiopental had been confiscated by the FDA in Arizona and Texas, some states put scheduled executions on hold due to a shortage of the FDA-approved, “safe” supply of the drugs.

2.  Law Hawk flies to Super Bowl 50. A Texas criminal defense attorney named Bryan Wilson will star in a Taco Bell commercial that will air during the Super Bowl this weekend.

How did Wilson get such an honor? Wilson’s series of television commercials, where he refers to himself as “the Texas Law Hawk” have become an internet sensation. Here’s another one of his videos: Bryan Wilson, the Texas Law Hawk.

Who’s our pick for Super Bowl Champion? Although we’d love to see Peyton Manning go out on top, our pick is in line with FiveThirtyEight’s prediction: the Carolina Panthers.

3.  High School Seniors go to Trial. The 2016 Pennsylvania High School Mock Trial Competition, hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, is underway. Teams from across the state compete before real judges, each assuming the role of an attorney or witness. Local attorneys serve as jurors for the competition. Our own Matt Landis and Lindsay Schoeneberger frequently volunteer as jurors, and were particularly impressed with the teams they’ve witnessed this year.

 To read more about this year’s case, check out this link for the materials given to each participant.

 

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On Fridays, we compile and post Legal Links, a list of legal news, reported cases, community events and topics of interest to Lancaster residents and readers of the Lancaster Law Blog.

1.  Estate Planning and Digital Access.Apple takes password security seriously. Some might argue too seriously, especially considering the following circumstances: Widow Told by Apple to Get Court Order So She Can Continue to Play a Card Game on the Couple’s iPad After Her Husband’s Death. Our own estate planning attorneys Jon Gruber and Lindsay Schoeneberger discussed the importance of estate planning and the digital age in the following posts:

Death in the Digital Age
Emailing After Death
Facebook’s New Legacy Contact

2.  SPOILER ALERT. Ok, you’re safe reading this section but beware clicking on any of the links if you haven’t finished Making a Murderer.

Most of our office has been binge-watching the Netflix documentary, which tells the story of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey and paints a bleak picture of many aspects of our criminal justice system. There is plenty to read on the topic, be it online detectives on Reddit or exclusive interviews of the cast of characters.

We found this article about from The New Yorker fascinating as a commentary on the documentary itself: Dead Certainty – How “Making a Murderer” goes wrong

3.  Law Review – Winter Storm Jonas Edition. If you’re planning on driving during or in the aftermath of Winter Storm Jonas, make sure you clear your car of ice and snow.

It’s not just for safety reasons, it’s the law: Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Law Section 3720, enacted in 2006, states that when snow or ice is dislodged from a moving vehicle and causes injury, you could be fined up to $1,000.

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Happy New Year!  Legal Links is a list of legal news, reported cases, community events and topics of interest to Lancaster residents and readers of the Lancaster Law Blog.

1.  Got Plans? If not, watch the Red Rose drop and enjoy a free concert at the City of Lancaster’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration downtown at Binn’s Park from 10:00 pm to midnight. Learn more about the event here. You could also watch the shoe drop in Akron or the raising of a giant Hershey’s kiss.  Catch a list of all the celebration across central Pennsylvania here.

Here’s a list of alternative New Year’s Eve celebrations from LancasterPA.com.

2.  Best of the Best. At the end of each year, we seem to get bombarded by more and more “best of” lists. To save you some time from reviewing the thousands of lists, FiveThirtyEight has compiled The Best Of The ‘Best Of’ Lists, featuring the best of the best movies, TV shows, books and albums

3.  Happy New Year to you, dear reader, from all of us at Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP!

We hope you and your loved ones have a safe and wonderful New Year’s Eve and we look forward to seeing you in 2016.

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Legal Links will be taking a break for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will be spending time with family and friends, eating, shopping and taking part in countless other activities.  It is also a perfect time to reflect on all of the things we are thankful for and take time to help others in need.  There is an inspiring story from NYC, thanks to Carol Suchman, a New York philanthropist, who decided to purchase the inventory of an out-of-business toy store she was walking past on her way home one day.  In one grand gesture, Suchman purchased toys to donate to homeless children, helped the business owner by purchasing inventory that would otherwise need to be disposed of, and hopefully inspired countless others to pay it forward.  Purchasing a toy store isn’t the only way to pay it forward – think about how even one small act of kindness can make the world a nicer place as we begin this holiday season. You never know how your small act of kindness will inspire others to pay it forward.

From all of us at Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.