Protecting Your Business’s Reputation on the Internet

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01/29/2016Eaton, Jennifer L.

Authored by Jennifer L. Eaton The internet is a helpful resource to promote your business, but it can also be a way for unsatisfied customers, disgruntled former employees, fake reviewers, and competitors to tarnish your business reputation. In order to reduce the impact of these online attacks there are certain steps you can take to be… Read more »

Agency Agreements

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01/28/2016Palais, Douglas M.

Authored by Douglas M. Palais Agreements between insurers and their appointed agents set forth the actual authority, as opposed to the apparent authority, of the agents. While commission schedules often change with some regularity, there are other portions of these agreements that agents should monitor on a regular basis. This article will very briefly point out… Read more »

Court Vacates FHWA 90-Percent Threshold and Miscellaneous Products Exemptions Aspects of FHWA Secretary’s 2012 “Buy America” Exceptions Memorandum

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01/27/2016Vandeventer Black

LEGAL ALERT: Court Vacates FHWA 90-Percent Threshold and Miscellaneous Products Exemptions Aspects of FHWA Secretary’s 2012 “Buy America” Exceptions Memorandum By recent order, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 2012 Memorandum regarding exceptions to the “Buy America” preferences for use of domestic steel and iron… Read more »

FHWA BA Exemption 2012 Memo Vacated

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01/27/2016Vandeventer Black

LEGAL ALERT: COURT VACATES FHWA 90-PERCENT THRESHOLD AND MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTS EXEMPTIONS ASPECTS OF FHWA SECRETARY’s 2012 “BUY AMERICA” EXCEPTIONS MEMORANDUM  By recent order, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 2012 Memorandum regarding exceptions to the “Buy America” preferences for use of domestic steel and iron on federally… Read more »

Federally-Funded Highway Projects Facing Impacts by Federal Cargo Preference Act Changes

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01/26/2016Vandeventer Black

By Memorandum dated December 11, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) changed the FHWA’s legal position regarding applicability of the Cargo Preference Act (CPA) to federally-funded highway projects. That Memorandum reversed and superseded contrary position in place since 1988. The Law. Congress passed the CPA in 1954 to promote a U.S. maritime transportation system. The… Read more »

Cybersecurity Regulations: Implementation Update Per New DOD Interim Rule

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01/26/2016Vandeventer Black

Our October 16, 2015 blog discussed DOD’s cybersecurity regulatory changes. This blog updates that information. After issuing its earlier rule, the DOD has issued a new interim rule delaying most compliance implementation until December 31, 2017. This is apparently in recognition of the difficulties and expense associated with implementation as noted in our earlier blog…. Read more »

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The Risk of “Helping Out” an Owner

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01/20/2016Walker, James W.

This article was authored by attorneys James W. Walker and J. Brandon Sieg for publication in the January 2016 issues of Communiqué. Communiqué is a monthly practice management newsletter published by the Design Professional Unit of XL Catlin. Click here to read “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The Risk of ‘Helping Out’ an Owner“.

EDI Compliance Penalty Information

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01/18/2016Caramore, Megan

Authored by Megan B. Caramore EDI transactions are required reports under Virginia Code Section 65.2-902.  The Commission’s EDI Compliance Initiative (now in its seventh year) is preparing to issue penalties for failure to file such reports.  Requests that will result in a penalty include, but are not limited to: Failure to file initial FROI. Failure to… Read more »

Will Virginia Adopt a Medical Fee Schedule?

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01/18/2016Caramore, Megan

Authored by Megan B. Caramore The Commission and Legislature appear to be exploring the possibility of a medical fee schedule for the Commonwealth’s workers’ compensation system.  Virginia currently has no fee schedule and relies on the usual and customary rates of providers in various geographical areas.  Under Virginia law, it is difficult to prove that a… Read more »

New Case Law on Wage Loss Benefits After Retirement

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01/18/2016Caramore, Megan

Authored by Megan B. Caramore What happens when an employee announces his retirement but is injured shortly before his effective retirement date? Is he still entitled to wage loss benefits?  The Supreme Court of Virginia recently ruled on this issue and determined that the Claimant is still entitled to temporary total wage loss benefits, but not… Read more »