Here’s a first look at Governor Carney’s State of the State today, January 17. Plenty of air time on a wide range of healthcare issues, including spending benchmarks, addiction, mental health, raising the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21, and even prison healthcare system reform. All in all an ambitious agenda for the 2019 legislative session.
Congratulations to Brittany Yodis who was sworn-in at the Delaware State Bar Association. Brittany will enhance the firm's Tax, Estates and Business Practice by providing personal and business-related tax planning, commercial transactions, and estate planning services.
In law school, Brittany served as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Sue L. Robinson in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, as well as a Research Assistant focusing on tax administration, tax compliance, and issues affecting the low-income taxpayer community. She also worked at the Villanova University School of Law Federal Tax Clinic, where she represented individual taxpayers and small-business owners in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and before the United States Tax Court. After graduating from law school, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Sherry R. Fallon in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Brittany is admitted to practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania and has a Master of Laws in Taxation.
A frequent lecturer on The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 since its passage in late December, Bruce W. Tigani will be presenting on the New Tax Act at the upcoming Delaware Tax Institute on December 7, 2018. His presentation will focus on the Qualified Business Income (QBI) Deduction and Choice of Entity Planning & Developments, including the recently announced guidance from the IRS impacting S corporation shareholders, LLC members, and proprietors. Bruce will conclude with case-study comparisons illustrating the impact of the QBI deduction and other aspects of the New Tax Act on entity selection for doing business. More ›
The 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® annual guide of the “Best Law Firms" recognizes Morris James as a "Best Law Firm" in the national category of Litigation-Mergers & Acquisitions as well as 25 additional categories for their Delaware practices. More ›
Morris James Takes the Lead in Delaware Today Top Lawyers Survey
Morris James LLP is pleased to announce that the lawyers listed below were recognized as Top Lawyers by their peers in a survey of Delaware attorneys conducted by Delaware Today magazine. Morris James had more top lawyers and top vote-getters than any other law firm in Delaware. 39 attorneys were named in 20 practice areas. More ›
Bruce Tigani, chair of Morris James' Tax, Estates and Business practice, presented on the New Tax Act at the Delaware Trust Conference held October 24th. http://bit.ly/2q4t3WF
(L-R) Bruce Tigani, Jordan Rosen, Jerry Grossman
With a law career spanning over 30 years, Bruce maintains a broad-based business, tax, healthcare and real estate practice. In providing clients an integrated focus to both transactional and planning aspects essential to their needs, Bruce delivers a coordinated and comprehensive approach to the representation of regionally based closely-held businesses, professional practices, and individuals.
Earlier this month the FDA announced that use of electronic cigarettes (or “e-cigs”) reached epidemic proportions among teenagers and it is cracking down. It placed the burden on five manufacturers to prove their devices are not being sold to minors and sent out notices to retailers reminding them of the prohibition against selling to minors under federal law. Delaware has had this same debate in slow motion starting in 2014, attempting to leverage its three main regulatory strategies: sales to minors, Clean Indoor Air Act, and taxes.
Delaware’s three major mechanisms are as follows:
- 11 Del.Code §§ 1115-27 - Prohibition of Tobacco Sale to Minors
- 16 Del.Code §2901 et al. - Clear Indoor Air Act
- 30 Del.Code § 5301 et al. - Tobacco Excise Tax
The first Delaware State Bar Association Health Law Section meeting with Morris James LLP attorney Andrew Wilson leading along with Rob Collins will convene on Monday, October 22nd at 12:00 pm when the Section will reconvene at the Bar Association on King Street. Drew Wilson was recently appointed as a co-chair of the Section. The group will discuss opportunities and goals for the section over the next year. It’s an exciting time in health law and policy; the section could play an impactful role. Anyone involved in the Delaware healthcare industry should contact Drew directly about ideas for the section, and the role it can play in education and awareness. Lunch will be provided, but those unable to attend in person can participate by phone. The call-in information is 1-800-391-2548, with pin code 75484489. There will also be an upcoming health-related CLE titled “The Opioid Epidemic and the Law.” on the morning of September 26th from 9: 00 am to 12:30 pm. The keynote speaker will be our Attorney General, Matt Denn, who has championed the issue during his time in office. Contact Drew for more details!
Morris James was named a top work place for mid-sized employers in Delaware for the eleventh consecutive year. This year's top workplace honor makes Morris James the only law firm in Delaware to be consistently top-ranked in the mid-sized employers category for the past eleven years. More ›
Thirty Morris James attorneys in thirty-two practice areas were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 edition. Additionally, three of those attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” for their respective practices, including David H. Williams for Education Law, Employment Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor and Employment, Richard Galperin for Healthcare Law, Medical Malpractice - Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and John M. Bloxom, IV for Real Estate. Congratulations to Kenneth L. Dorsney, Shannon S. Frazier, Kevin G. Healy, Eric J. Monzo, John H. Newcomer, Jr., K. Tyler O’Connell and Jill Spevack Di Sciullo for being recognized for the first time. More ›
Andrew B. Wilson of Morris James LLP, along with over 60 fellow experts in blockchain and telehealth sectors in healthcare, will address compelling issues, growth opportunities, and financial implications for the industry at the Partners in Digital Health 2018 Converge2Xcelerate Conference. This full day of presentations will take place onOctober 24, 2018 at Columbia University in New York City. More ›
In a previous post, we discussed how the opiate crisis has been blurring the lines in historic health policy, most recently as it comes to the tenability of taxes and fees on medications. Let’s now put on another pair of glasses and look at health policy through the eyes of law enforcement, particularly as it pertains to the prescription monitoring program, patient privacy, and House Bill 458.
House Bill 458 is a short bill. The meat of it is an innocuous strike-through of four words from the prescription monitoring program statute: “by an identified suspect.” Before we jump into exactly why that matters, let’s set a little context.
What’s a prescription monitoring program (PMP, or, in some states, a PDMP – Prescription Drug Monitoring Program)? Simply put, it’s a database of all controlled substances prescribed and dispensed to patients in Delaware. As section 4798 of Title 16 of the Delaware Code states, “It is the intent of the General Assembly that the Delaware Prescription Monitoring Act established pursuant to this section serves as a means to promote public health and welfare and to detect the illegal use of controlled substances. The Delaware Prescription Monitoring Act shall have the dual purpose of reducing misuse and diversion of controlled substances in the State while promoting improved professional practice and patient care.” More ›
Tune in July 16th to hear Morris James LLP employment attorney Allyson Britton DiRocco & Catherine Short of First Healthcare Compliance discussing the Americans with Disabilities Act (for employers) on 1st Talk Compliance - a HealthcareNow Radio talk show. Recorded versions will air 7:30 am, 3:30 pm, and 11:30 pm daily M-F for a month.
Morris James partner Kimberly Hoffman will speak at The National Business Institute Zoning and Land Use Law Seminar on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. Click here to view full program details and registration information.
With the primary senate sponsor of House Bill 110, Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, retiring this year, it remains to be seen if there will be any last-minute legalization of the adult use of cannabis in Delaware. While in the down-revenue budget last year marijuana was touted as a $22 million budget-booster, in the up-revenue budget this year the legislature is seeing green, but it doesn’t seem to be marijuana. However, a June amendment after a series of eight task force meetings makes it clear that the advocates and sponsors are not backing down from their goal.
The amendment is long and winding. It makes adjustments from the task force meetings through sales tracking, dollars to law enforcement, clarifications of implications for employment, and banning of candy to curtail concerns about children’s use. It’s a loud amendment, getting more press attention than nearly all filed bills short of gun control. More ›