NEWSLETTER : January 2018

Liability of Healthcare Providers in the Wake of Maryland’s Opioid Crisis

By: Joan Cerniglia-Lowensen, Esquire and Katherine D. Jackson, Law Clerk When it comes to opioid use, the U.S. is in a league of its own. Roughly eighty percent of the world’s opioid supply is consumed within the United States. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. The likely source of these staggering numbers? Prescription painkillers, which currently outnumber heroin overdose deaths by almost sixty percent.[1] As a result of … Continue reading

I-9 Compliance: The Immigration Law Employers Can’t Afford To Overlook

By:  Jennifer Ciarrocchi, Esquire It is a common misconception of employers that if they do not sponsor foreign workers, they do not need to be worried about immigration laws.  However, there is one notoriously confusing form, created by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), that must be used by all employers who employ an individual in the U.S.  That form is the I-9, and an employer’s failure to complete it properly or … Continue reading

Commentary: Tartikov v. Pomona and RLUIPA

By: Dino La Fiandra, Esquire Over the years, I’ve represented a number of churches and synagogues in their pursuit of zoning and development approvals to build places of worship. In my consultations with these clients, inevitably someone says something like, “If they turn us down, we’ll just sue them under RLUIPA”, referring to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000. RLUIPA protects the use of land for religious purposes under federal law, … Continue reading