The Court of Appeals of Maryland has determined that the statute of limitations governing an action for back rent is three years.  This result is not altered for a residential lease signed under seal, where the limitation is typically twelve years, or by waiver language contained within the lease.      In Smith v. Wakefield, LP,

Enforcement of the anti-business referral provisions of the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act1 has certainly had its ups and downs over the years. Originally enacted in 1974, RESPA provides the following prohibition against payment or receipt of anything of value in exchange for the referral of settlement service business in connection with a federally-related

In recent years, the Maryland Fair Scheduling, Wages, and Benefits Act (the “Act”) has been introduced to the General Assembly, and it is likely to be on the minds of many law makers again during the 2019 session that began on January 9, 2019. Early versions of the Act required, among other things, that employers

Society’s attitude towards marijuana has changed rapidly in the last several years. As a society, we have moved from a war on drugs to having most states legalize some form of marijuana use and possession. Pennsylvania is no exception. On May 17, 2016, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act went into effect. The Medical Marijuana Act allows

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it is changing the requirements for its reverse mortgage program. The changes are expected to help protect taxpayers while still pursuing the mission of the program. The purpose underlying the changes is to protect other programs in place that are

It is often said that employees are a company’s most important asset.  This is particularly true in the retail banking industry where employees regularly interact with the bank’s customers and often are the “face” the institution.  Because engaged and devoted employees are so critical to the success of an institution, attention must be given not

As the summer months approach, many of us start to think about taking a few days off to visit the beach or the mountains. For employers, this may be a good time to review your company’s vacation policy and to ensure your practices are consistent with your policy. In Pennsylvania, employers are not required to

 Recent Trends in Wage Equity Legislation By Erin R. Kawa and Erin K. Benson On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law Bill No. 160840, which amends the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance and prohibits employers from inquiring about prospective employees’ salary histories. Following on the heels of the passage of similar legislation

By: Marty B. Ellis On June 1, 2015, in two consolidated cases (Bank of America, N. A. v. Caulkett and Bank of America, N. A. v. Toledo-Cardona), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that in a bankruptcy liquidation Chapter 7 proceeding, the debtor cannot void a second mortgage when the value of the

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On January 13, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in a case captioned Jesinoski et ux v. Countrywide Home Loans, et al., (October term, 2014 – No. 13-684) interpreting the rescission provisions applicable to mortgage loans under the Truth-in-Lending Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1601 et seq. and Regulation Z, 12 C.F.R. Part

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