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02/17/2021 by Daniel L. Stephens AppellateArticlesLitigation

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 »

Marijuana Legalization in Virginia: It’s Almost 4:20

02/15/2021 by Anne G. Bibeau & Jonathan V. Gallo ArticlesHemp & Medical Cannabis

After almost six years of tiptoeing around medical cannabis and decriminalization, Virginia appears poised to take the plunge into legalization of the recreational use of marijuana. On February 5, 2021, the General Assembly passed two bills that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana and is currently working to reconcile the differences between those bills. As Governor Northam supports legalization, it appears that there is… 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

02/15/2021 by Daniel Salmon ArticlesGovernment Contracts

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

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 »

Virginia Circuit Court Upholds Rule Requiring Residents to Sign Assumption of Risk Form as a Condition to Using Certain Common Areas During the Pandemic

02/03/2021 by Deborah M. Casey, CCAL® and Kathleen Panagis ArticlesCommunity AssociationsCommunity Associations COVIDCoronavirus

A Charlottesville Circuit Court held that a rule promulgated by a Virginia property owners’ association requiring residents to sign an assumption of the risk form prior to using certain common areas was reasonable.

Don’t be a victim of an ADA drive-by!

02/02/2021 by George M. Nicholos ArticlesConstructionGovernment Contracts

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 »

DEQ Releases Draft Climate Change Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Management Regulations

02/01/2021 by Joseph Romero ArticlesEnvironmental Law Monitor

On January 21, 2021, the State Water Control Board (“Board”) published draft amendments to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Designation and Management Regulations that would require localities to incorporate coastal resilience and climate change adaptation into local land use ordinances.  This draft regulation implements amendments to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (“CBPA”) passed during the… Read more »

VOSH Standard Revisions Approved by the Governor

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

01/27/2021 by Deborah M. Casey, CCAL® and Kathleen Panagis ArticlesCommunity AssociationsCommunity Associations COVIDCoronavirus

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 »