Month: April 2019

A Virginia Employer’s Guide to Marijuana

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04/25/2019Bibeau Anne G.

The law on marijuana is changing so rapidly that I anticipate this article will be outdated before I finish it. Check back here regularly for updates! Virginia Law Marijuana remains illegal both federally and in Virginia. Some Virginia jurisdictions are dialing down enforcement of criminal penalties, but they remain on the books. Since marijuana remains… Read more »

Deconstructing Damages in Architect or Engineer Malpractice Actions

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04/10/2019Walker, James W.

No design professional is perfect all the time. At some point, they make mistakes—specify the wrong materials, leave out a required element, overlook a code requirement, bust a calculation, among other things. Sometimes they catch and correct their mistakes before any harm occurs. Sometimes, though, mistakes in construction documents cause our clients to spend “extra”… Read more »

Department of Labor Proposes New Rule on Joint Employment Status

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04/03/2019Pierce, Michael D.

On April 1, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule revising the standard for joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Once the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register, the public will have 60 days to submit comments to DOL for review. Interested parties may submit comments… Read more »

What are the key factors in client selection?

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04/01/2019Walker, James W.

Design professionals, like all professions (including lawyers), delight when the phone rings with a prospective new client on the line wanting to hire you for a new project. However, any lawyer who represents design professionals can tell you stories about projects that went south and ended up in litigation almost entirely because red flags at… Read more »

Malware – A Persistent Threat to the Maritime Industry

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04/01/2019Gallo, Jonathan V.

During the last several years, many industries have fallen victim to cyber-attacks, and the maritime industry is not immune.  Consider the following recent news reports:  In 2017, the largest container shipping company in the world, A.P. MØller-Maersk, fell victim to NotPetya, a type of destructive malware, that required the installation of 4,000 new servers, 45,000… Read more »