Steven M. Williams

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Steven M. Williams is the Managing Partner in the Firm’s Harrisburg office, Chair of the Firm's Commercial Litigation Group, and a member of its Labor & Employment, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, and Government Law & Regulatory Affairs Groups. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, real estate, landlord and tenant law, condominium and homeowner law, employment law, business and corporate law, and construction law.

Steve lectures regularly, and is a frequent writer, on such topics as landlord and tenant law, fair housing, debt collection, employment law, the impacts of social media on individuals and businesses, and miscellaneous business issues.

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This article originally appeared in The Legal Intelligencer on January 9, 2019. The Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL), 73 P.S. Section 201-1 et seq., and the Administrative Code of 1929, specifically 71 P.S. Section 307-3, vest the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (OAG) with the power to investigate “unfair methods of competition” and “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” by companies doing business in Pennsylvania. The statutory definition of these phrases…
Pennsylvania Court Adds ‘Last Month’s Rent’ to Definition of ‘Security Deposit’ As most residential landlords know, the Pennsylvania Landlord and Tenant Act (the “Act”) contains comprehensive and complicated rules and procedures regarding security deposits1. One such rule governs the amount a landlord may collect and hold as a security deposit. …
In some states, courts allow contractors to sue design professionals for negligence even in the absence of a contract. In others, like Maryland, courts apply a rule known as the Economic Loss Rule (ELR) to bar such claims. Courts apply the ELR when, without a contract in place, someone sues another for purely financial losses (i.e., not for personal injuries or property damage). The ELR is very important in the construction world because contractors…
On June 25, 2015, Justice Kennedy delivered the Supreme Court’s decision in Texas v. Inclusive Communities Project.  In the case, the Court determined that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 includes disparate impact claims.  Prior to Texas v. Inclusive Communities Project, nine of the twelve federal Courts of Appeals had ruled that the Act encompassed disparate impact claims. Nevertheless, there remained much dispute over the Act’s inclusion of such claims. There are two forms of…
By: Steve Williams Pennsylvania now has a law that prescribes how landlords must handle a tenant’s abandoned property in certain circumstances. Senate Bill 887 was signed into law by Governor Corbett on July 5, 2012 (as Act 129-2012), becomes effective on August 4, 2012, and amends the Landlord and Tenant Act. In summary, Act 129 requires that tenants remove their personal property when they relinquish possession of an apartment. Relinquishment occurs when a tenant is…
Pennsylvania Governor Corbett has signed, House Bill 377 (HB 377) into law. The new law repeals the sprinkler mandate that became effective on January 1, 2011 that required builders to install sprinkler systems in all new single- and two-family homes. Under the new law, builders must provide homebuyers with the option to install a sprinkler system and inform them of the benefits of sprinklers. The state code already requires hard-wired smoke detectors be installed in…
On April 12, 2011, the Pennsylvania Senate voted to pass House Bill 377 (HB 377). The Senate’s version of the bill contained some changes, and HB 377 was sent back to the House for a concurrence vote. A day later, the House voted to approve the bill as it came out of the Senate. HB 377 is now on its way to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett for signature. HB 377, if enacted, will remove the…