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U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES THAT TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYER’S ARBITRATION AGREEMENT WITH INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE FEDERAL ARBITRATION ACT

03/26/2019 by Vania Ratliff

Generally, once parties sign a contract with an arbitration provision, disputes arising out of the contract are required to be heard by an objective arbitrator. After Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) in 1925, the long-established federal policy has been to liberally favor arbitration agreements. Prior to the FAA, however, there was no guarantee… Read more »

Bad Company Corrupts Good Licenses

02/26/2019 by Ashley G. Moss

Poor business associations can jeopardize contractors’ and design professionals’ licenses Virginia regulations set forth a long list of “dos and don’ts” for contractors and design professionals.   Most of the prohibitions concern the contractor’s or design professional’s own conduct.  For example, contractors may not practice contracting without a license; they may not provide services using expired… Read more »

Trump “Strengthens” Buy-American Act:

02/25/2019 by Gretchen M. Ostroff

On January 31, 2019, the President signed another Executive Order which purportedly “strengthen[s] Buy-American principles” for federally-funded infrastructure projects.  This Executive Order was not President Trump’s first effort at creating a preference for American-made goods.  Just four days into office, he signed a Presidential Memorandum aimed at requiring “materials and equipment produced in the United… Read more »

Mediation: What Is It And Why Do It?

01/22/2019 by Neil S. Lowenstein

Mediation is often confused with arbitration. They have similarities, including that both are overseen by third-party neutrals that do not have financial stakes in the outcomes. The key difference is that while arbitration results in the neutral evaluating the outcome (which typically is binding, but by agreement can be non-binding), while in mediation the third-party… Read more »

Virginia and Fourth Circuit Case Summaries

01/18/2019 by James B. Rixey

In PNC Bank N.A. v. Dominion Energy Mgm’t Inc., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62577 (E.D. Va. April 12, 2018), the Eastern District of Virginia held that an individual has the opportunity and capacity to read loan documents cannot avoid liability by claiming fraudulent inducement based on oral statements allegedly made by bank representatives different from… Read more »

Untimely Challenges: Keeping Department Of Labor Decisions Free From Constitutional Appointments Clause Challenges After Lucia V. Sec. (Part Two)

01/16/2019 by Vania Ratliff

(PART TWO) This is the second and last of a multi-part series regarding the implications that Constitutional Appointment Clause challenges have for prior and current administrative hearings before the Department of Labor. As Appointments Clause Challenges Continue to Rise, Should Employers and Insurance Companies be Concerned about Re-litigating the Decisions Where an ALJ has Denied… Read more »

Untimely Challenges: Keeping Department Of Labor Decisions Free From Constitutional Appointments Clause Challenges After Lucia V. Sec. (Part One)

01/15/2019 by Vania Ratliff

(PART ONE) This is the first part of a multi-part series regarding the implications that Constitutional Appointment Clause challenges have for prior and current administrative hearings before the Department of Labor. Lucia v. SEC On June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court issued Lucia v. SEC, an important case clarifying the definition of “inferior officers” under… Read more »