Two More Reasons To Create Or Review Your Terms Of Use And Privacy Policy

As urged in previous posts by Larry A. Silverman, any company conducting business online (which means just about everyone) should create “Terms of Use” and a “Privacy Policy” carefully crafted to the operations of your company. Moreover, even if you already have these legal terms, those policies should be carefully reviewed to insure that they comply with recent changes in the law. Two examples of such recent changes — Class Action Suits Based On New Jersey's Consumer Protection Law and Delaware's New Online Privacy Act — are discussed in this post.

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Dickie McCamey Continues Its Growth In April

Pittsburgh-based law firm Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. (DMC) is enhancing its legal talent by hiring three established attorneys from the Pittsburgh law firm Grogan Graffam. Ronald J. Brown; Jay A. Costa, Jr.; and Dennis A. Watson are all joining as principals.

Ronald J. Brown

  Ronald J. Brown

Jay A. Costa, Jr.

  Jay A. Costa, Jr.

Dennis A. Watson

  Dennis A. Watson

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Pa. High Court's Oil And Gas Lease Ruling:  An Industry Win

J. Lawson Johnston Speaks on OSHA Proposed Constricted Recordkeeping Rules

On March 29, in the case captioned Shedden v. Anadarko E&P Co. LP, 2016 Pa. LEXIS 689 (Pa. 2016) (Slip Opinion No. J-7-2016, Case No. 103 MAP 2014), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a lower court’s application of Pennsylvania’s equitable doctrine of “estoppel by deed” (also known as the rule of after-acquired title) to an oil and gas lease holding that an oil and gas lessee is entitled to the subsequently acquired oil and gas interests of the lessor.

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DMC shareholder J. Lawson Johnston participated in The Knowledge Congress’ live webcast entitled “OSHA Proposed Constricted Recordkeeping Rules:  Best Compliance Practices Uncovered!” on March 18.

Mr. Johnston was part of a three-person panel discussing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed rule which aims to clarify employers’ continuing duty to create and keep an accurate record of work-related illnesses and injuries. The rule issued and published in July 2015 revises the recordkeeping regulations elucidating employers’ recordkeeping duty as an ongoing obligation for five years.

Mr. Johnston gave an overview of the following topics: 

  • Authority to amend recordkeeping regulations
  • Seven steps to the OSHA rulemaking process
  • Effect of proposed rule on employers
  • Employer preparedness and compliance

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