• Legal Hotline: CAN-SPAM

      • May 05, 2016
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  • Legal Hotline: Social media defamation

      • Apr 28, 2016
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  • Legal Hotline: Firing an unnamed employee

      • Apr 21, 2016
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  • Legal Hotline: Political ads

      • Apr 14, 2016
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  • Legal Hotline: FERPA honor roll

      • Mar 31, 2016
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  • Legal Hotline: Sunshine recording limit

      • Mar 24, 2016
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  • Legal Hotline: NCAA terms

      • Mar 17, 2016
    Q: What are the rules when using the terms “March Madness,” “Sweet Sixteen,” “Final Four,” and other NCAA trademarks in advertising? A: Advertisers cannot use any National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) trademarked terms, phrases or logos without permission from the NCAA.
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  • Legal Hotline: Unsolicited faxes

      • Mar 10, 2016
    Q: We are considering a blast fax to local businesses highlighting our reach in the community and advertising strength. Are there any laws that apply to this kind of practice? A: Yes. Federal law and FCC rules prohibit unsolicited advertising fax messages unless certain conditions are met.
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  • Legal Hotline: 911 audio

      • Mar 03, 2016
    Q: Are 911 call recordings and transcripts public records under the Right to Know Law? A: The Right to Know Law makes 911 audio recordings and transcripts non-public, but the law allows the records to be released when it serves the public interest. 911 time response logs are public records under the law.
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  • Legal Hotline: Libel red flag words

      • Feb 25, 2016
    Q: Our editorial staff reviews letters to the editor for defamation prior to publication, and if we see any issues, we get an attorney involved. Do you have a list of red flag words to assist staff reviewing for defamation?
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  • Legal Hotline: Confidentiality Clauses

      • Feb 18, 2016
    Q: Are settlement agreements involving public agencies considered public records? Can an agency rely upon a confidentiality clause in a settlement agreement to deny access? A: Settlement agreements between public agencies and third parties are public records, and the Pennsylvania appellate courts have consistently held that confidentiality clauses in these agreements are not enforceable.
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  • LNP breaks down Sunshine Act with detailed video

      • Feb 16, 2016
    LNP (Lancaster) has been covering a number of Sunshine Act issues regarding the Mannheim Township School Board.
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  • Legal Hotline: Sunshine work sessions

      • Feb 11, 2016
    Q: A newly elected borough council has begun to hold private “work sessions,” where a majority of council discusses and decides which issues will be addressed at the next public meeting and which will not. Their solicitor says work sessions are not required to be public because there are no final votes taking place. Doesn’t the Sunshine Act require these types of discussions and decisions about agency business to be held at a public meeting? A: Yes, the Sunshine Act applies.
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  • Editorial Round Up - Week of Feb. 1

      • Feb 08, 2016
    A weekly review of legal and legislative editorials.
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  • Legal Hotline: Beer delivery

      • Feb 04, 2016
    Q: Several local bars and restaurants that deliver food want to run ads that tell readers they can now deliver beer along with a food order. We have seen ads saying things like “now delivering beer,” or “beer delivery/up to two six packs.” Can they do that, and can we publish that kind of ad?
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  • Email discussion by board members raises Sunshine Act concerns

      • Feb 04, 2016
    Emails obtained in a RTKL request showed that Chambersburg Area School board members apparently held a series of email discussions over a one week period in December.
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  • Editorial Round Up - Week of Jan. 25

      • Feb 01, 2016
    A weekly review of legal and legislative topics.
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  • Legal Hotline: Super Bowl logos

      • Jan 28, 2016
    Q: What are the rules when using terms like “Super Bowl,” “Super Sunday,” and NFL team names and logos in ads?
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  • Editorial Round Up - Week of Jan. 18

      • Jan 26, 2016
    A summary of the week's editorials relevant to legal and legislative issues
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  • Legal Hotline: Snow Emergency

      • Jan 22, 2016
    Q: Some of our carriers were ticketed by local police for delivering during the recent snow storms. Don’t news media personnel have the right to drive on roads that have been closed to the general public, such as during some snow emergencies? A: Yes. Under Pennsylvania Law, certain vehicles are given special operating privileges on Pennsylvania roads. More specifically, the law grants certain privileges to vehicles used in the business of newsgathering for any news medium.
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