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Malware – A Persistent Threat to the Maritime Industry

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 »

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 »

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New Salary Threshold

03/08/2019 by Anne G. Bibeau

After much anticipation, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has finally proposed new regulations to increase the salary threshold for the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” exemptions. The notice of proposed rulemaking would raise the salary threshold to $679 per week ($35,308 per year). Since 2004, the FLSA salary threshold for white collar… 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 »

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 »