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Nauman Smith Partners Named Best Lawyer

Nauman Smith partners Craig J. Staudenmaier and J. Stephen Feinour have been named in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice of Commercial Litigation and Municipal Law, respectively. Craig concentrates his practice in the areas of state and federal litigation and Right-to-Know/media law. He routinely represents clients in all phases of the litigation process including mediation and arbitration… Read On

Rotary Installs Nauman Smith Partner as President

J. Stephen Feinour, Partner with Harrisburg law firm, Nauman Smith Shissler and Hall LLP, was recently installed as President of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg for 2016-17. Steve has been a member of Rotary for 14 years and has served as an officer since 2013. The Rotary Club of Harrisburg is one of 34,000 Rotary clubs now located in over 200 countries… Read On

Voluminous Request’s Specificity Affirmed, But Agency/OOR Given Additional Time to Consider Exemptions

PASSHE et al. v. APSCUF, July 6, 2016 The Commonwealth Court has affirmed the Office of Open Records’ (OOR) determination that a broad request involving budget and financial reports, as well as training and transitional documents from 14 Pennsylvania State System (PASSHE) universities and the Chancellor, was sufficiently specific to mandate public disclosure.  The case is significant due to the large quantity of documents and electronic information that the OOR required the universities and Chancellor to make public… Read On

Nauman Smith Wins PA Supreme Court Appeal for News Media Coalition

Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall, LLP, is pleased to report a victory for greater access to PUC records for its clients and for all Pennsylvania citizens in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) denied requests by reporters from the Times Leader of Wilkes Barre and The Morning Call of Allentown for documents related to a settlement agreement between the PUC and PPL Electric Utilities Corporation (PPL)… Read On

Nauman Smith and Simon Lever to Host Event

Planning for the succession of a business is never an easy topic, especially for family or other closely held businesses. It can be a stressful and emotionally draining experience.  Accountants, attorneys, and business advisors are often involved in the succession planning efforts, and frequently find they are helping clients manage the emotional aspects as well as the business… Read On

Employment Cases and Regulations to Watch this Year

CASES CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC, No. 14-1375 (U.S. Supreme Court) Issue: Can employers recover attorneys’ fees if the EEOC fails to satisfy its pre-suit obligations under Title VII? The EEOC brought suit against the petitioner, an interstate trucking service, contending that a female driver-trainee and other similarly situated female employees had been sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment by male lead drivers or co-drivers… Read On

RTKL Live Webinar

Craig J. Staudenmaier and Joshua D. Bonn will participate in an upcoming live webinar: Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law: Reducing Time and Expense February 17, 2016 – 1:00PM EST – 2… Read On

Nauman Smith, WITF Host Event on Future History of Media

Panel moderator, Mike Greenwald, with panelists from left to right, Kathleen Pavelko, President & CEO of WITF; Randy Parker, Managing Editor of the York Daily Record, Gregory Steirer, Assistant Professor of English & Film Studies at Dickinson College and Cate Barron, Vice President of Content for PA Media Group. Harrisburg, PA – The challenge of delivering quality journalism in a world where everyone with internet access is providing content was the focus of a recent panel discussion hosted by Harrisburg law firm Nauman Smith and public broadcasting station WITF.  … Read On

Emails Showing Employee Misconduct Are Not Public Records

The Commonwealth Court has held emails documenting agency employees receipt and delivery of pornography on public computers are not public records. Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General v. the Philadelphia Inquirer, ____ A.3d _____, No. 2096 C.D. 2014 (Pa.Cmwlth., Nov. 19, 2015). The court reasoned “… emails should not be considered ‘records’ just because they are sent or received using an agency email address or by virtue of their location on an agency-owned computer… Read On

Governor May Not Remove Executive Director of Office of Open Records Without Cause

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has affirmed a decision by the Commonwealth Court that reinstated Eric Arneson as the Executive Director of the Office of Open Records.   The Supreme Court agreed that the OOR is an independent body and that the Executive Director is insulated from the Governor’s power to remove appointees at will. Justice Baer, joined by Chief Justice Saylor and Justice Eakin… Read On


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