Year: 2021

“I DEMAND A JURY”: NO TURNING BACK

02/17/2021Stephens, Daniel L.

At the beginning of most cases filed in state court, litigants must make up their mind whether they want to exercise their right to a jury trial.  This decision requires consideration of multiple factors such as: What kind of case is it?  Are the issues complex?  Is a jury likely to find one side or… Read more »

Federal Circuit Holds CICA Stay Clock Begins at Time of Debriefing When Disappointed Offeror does not Avail Itself of Right to Ask Additional Questions

02/15/2021Salmon, Daniel

No questions, no stay. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled on the interplay of debriefings and automatic stays.[1]  In NIKA Technologies v. United States, the Federal Circuit reversed a Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) decision requiring an automatic stay of contract performance pursuant to the Competition in Contract Act… Read more »

OSHA Issues COVID Guidance

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02/08/2021Salmon, Daniel

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently released Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (“OSHA Guidance”). The OSHA Guidance is similar to the Final Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19 (“Virginia Standard”) recently approved by the Virginia Occupational Safety and… Read more »

Don’t be a victim of an ADA drive-by!

02/02/2021Nicholos, George M.

This past year marked the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. The Act is a civil rights law that promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of life, including existing buildings and facilities.  Under Title III, the Act defines… Read more »

VOSH Standard Revisions Approved by the Governor

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01/28/2021Salmon, Daniel

On, January 27, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam approved the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program’s Final Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention of the SAR-CoV-2 Virus that Causes COVID-19 without change from the standard approved by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s (DOLI’s) Safety and Health Codes Board on January 13, 2021.  This… Read more »

Hindsight is 2020 – A Look Back at Impact of COVID-19 on Community Associations Focuses Efforts Moving Forward

01/27/2021Panagis, Kathleen W.

Since March 2020, society has learned how to navigate through and adjust to many upheavals and changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is certainly true for community associations conducting business and carrying out routine operations. Looking back on what was an extraordinary year due to the pandemic provides clarity for Virginia community associations about… Read more »

Estate Planning under the Biden Administration: What should you do for 2021?

01/25/2021Herman, Patrick W.

With a new Administration in town there are rumors everywhere about the “new Estate Taxes” and the “Loss of our Tax Exemptions”. What should you expect? What should you do to plan and prepare for possible changes?   Let’s start with your current estate tax exemptions amounts: Under current law you may give your children or… Read more »

Federal Circuit Adopts Narrow Definition of “Printing” to Avoid Constitutional Separation of Powers Question

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01/20/2021Salmon, Daniel

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently reversed a bid protest decision appealed from the Court of Federal Claims after the protester raised a constitutional question.  In Veterans4You LLC v. United States, the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”), an executive branch entity of the United State government (“USG”), sought to procure cable… Read more »