Deciding what to do with a marital home during a divorce can be tricky. Sometimes one or both parties wishes to retain the house after the divorce by buying the other spouse out of their interest. Other times, the parties may choose to sell the home either during the divorce or after the divorce is finalized.

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The Third Circuit Court of Appeals hit PennEast Pipeline Company with another setback on November 5, 2019. The Court of Appeals denied the company’s request for a rehearing of the Court’s earlier decision, which held that the 11th Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits PennEast Pipeline Company from suing the State of New Jersey in Federal Court. Order Rehearing Denied 11.5.19.

So, where does PennEast go from here? We hope home, but that is unlikely.

PennEast can ask the United States Supreme Court to review the decision, however, appeals to the United States Supreme Court are not automatic and an appealing party must file a petition and ask the Court to accept the case for review. The United States Supreme Court only agrees to review about 1% to 2% of the cases where parties seek a review by the high court.

Stay tuned for the next step in the saga of PennEast versus New Jersey and its residents. PennEast is not going away, but either are the people fighting the good fight!

This past week, Chapter 11 debtor Sears Holdings Corporation (“Sears”) filed hundreds of preference complaints to recover money from paid pre-petition creditors.

For most creditors, it must seem odd to be receiving a complaint to return money for goods or services sold prior to October 15, 2018 (the date when Sears filed for bankruptcy protection). However, the practice of recovering “preferences” in bankruptcy is allowed by federal statute – 11 U.S.C. 547. Before you go a writing a check to Sears, know what defenses you have against this statutory claim.

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Destination Maternity Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday in Delaware under docket number 19-12256.

The large maternity-wear retailer owns approximately 458 U.S. stores comprised of 362 Motherhood Maternity Stores, 26 Pea in the Pod stores, and 70 Destination Maternity stores.

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This is the second blog in a series of blogs examining the differences between New Jersey Lien Law and Pennsylvania Lien Law. Read part one discussing notice and timing differences here.

Since these states share a border, and many contractors operate in both states, they should be aware of the differences in the corresponding Lien Law Statutes. One key difference between the two states concerning the ability to file construction liens by a contractor is the writing requirement. Pennsylvania and New Jersey are on the polar opposites of the spectrum when it comes to the necessary writings to file a lien claim on a property.

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When community association board members hire a transition attorney for their condominium or homeowners association, they may not know exactly what to look for. They may not know much about transition to begin with, or may not know the right questions to ask in order to find the right transition attorney. If your association is looking for a transition attorney, or you are reconsidering the one you have, the following may help you to identify the right transition attorney.

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A shortage of economically attractive men is yet another reason you may need a pre-nup before tying the knot. A recent Cornell University study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family says that one of the reasons the U.S. has seen a decline in marriage is because there is a shortage of men who are “economically attractive.” The study attributes the shortage to various factors, including the economy, which currently has more lower-paying and unstable jobs. Additionally, women are climbing the economic ladder and now have different expectations for a spouse.

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CBD products: you may have seen them at your local grocery store, convenience store, or chiropractor’s office in the form of gummies, brownies, sodas, and cookies. CBD is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, which gives users a “high,” CBD contains little to no psychoactive properties, but comes with many benefits. CBD is being heavily studied and is showing great promise as a nutritional and wellness supplement. CBD products are currently being used to treat pain, inflammation, stress, and symptoms resulting from a wide range of medical conditions, such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, anxiety, and chronic pain. CBD binds to the body’s cannabinoid receptors to induce feelings of calmness and pain relief. It has been hailed as a safer, more natural alternative to opioids and other addictive drugs.

While the CBD craze has resulted in an influx of CBD products hitting the market, the CBD market remains unregulated and susceptible to abuse and deceptive practices. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seized various CBD products from store shelves across the country after health claims relating to products which are not approved by the FDA, but suggest they are approved and/or intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. After the passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act (the “Farm Bill”), which legalized the cultivation, processing, and sale of hemp and hemp products, the FDA Commissioner reaffirmed that CBD, regardless of whether or not it is derived from hemp, cannot be lawfully marketed with a claim of therapeutic benefit without prior FDA approval.

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