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Government Contracting: DUNS Number, SAM Registration, and CAGE Code

Government Contracting: DUNS Number, SAM Registration, and CAGE Code

Daniel Salmon
For prospective government contractors, the first step in this venture is to ensure your business is properly registered.  Registration requirements include obtaining a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number, registration in the System for Award Management (SAM), and obtaining a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code for each unique facility location.  Simply put, all three ...
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Virginia Has Created a New Right of Appeal for Civil and Criminal Litigants

Virginia Has Created a New Right of Appeal for Civil and Criminal Litigants

W. Thomas Chappell, Daniel Salmon
Until this last legislative session, Virginia was the only state in the nation without a right of appeal from civil judgments and criminal convictions.  However, the most recent General Assembly session passed, and the Governor signed, perhaps the most consequential piece of legislation affecting the Virginia legal system in many years: the creation of a ...
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Heat-Related Illness Prevention: Training and Supervision

Daniel Salmon
In the previous article, we highlighted tips for creating a heat-related illness prevention plan (HRIPP) and discussed the importance of considering total heat stress and personal risk factors. In this article, we will focus on the importance of adequate training and day-to-day supervision in preventing heat-related illness in the workplace. Training is one tool that, ...
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Heat-Related Illness Prevention: Creating an Effective Plan

Daniel Salmon
In the last article, we discussed federal standards related to heat-related illness. As it warms up this summer, now is a perfect time to update or create a heat-related illness prevention plan (HRIPP) for your business. In this article, we will highlight the benefits of creating an effective HRIPP as well as helpful tips for ...
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Heat-Related Illness Prevention: Introduction to Federal and State Standards

Jenniffer Serrano
Heat-related illness can affect various industries and work environments. As temperatures rise this summer, it is important for businesses to have a plan to address heat-related illness to protect both the employer and its employees from avoidable harm.  This article is the first in a three-part series and will highlight sources of federal and state ...
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Virginia’s JLARC Recommends Changes to Virginia’s New Cannabis Law

Cannabis Law
Jonathan V. Gallo
The Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review JLARC (JLARC) released a briefing comparing Virginia’s recently passed cannabis law to the recommendations in its study released in November 2020.  For background on the 2020 study, review our previous article. JLARC found that the General Assembly implemented 80% of its recommendations and policy options from ...
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New Developments in the Colonial Pipeline Attack Provide Businesses Good News – And Some Important Lessons

Jonathan Gallo
It has been barely a month since we reported on the recent ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline Company, yet news continues to break with additional revelations about the recent attack.  What we have learned during the past several weeks should give businesses encouragement, while reinforcing some important lessons. Shortly after the attack, it was ...
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Governor’s Office Issues New Mask Policy

Daniel Salmon
Last month, Governor Northam made news when he announced that the Virginia mask mandate had been lifted for fully vaccinated people, but the devil is in the details. On May 14, 2021, the Governor’s office set forth its updated policy by issuing Executive Order (“EO”) 79 replacing EO 72, effective May 28, 2021.  This EO ...
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Plugging In: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Virginia Community Associations

Kathleen W. Panagis
The past decade has seen an explosion in the popularity of electric vehicles. All expectations are that this popularity will continue to grow.  There are many makes and models of electric vehicles, and they can be classified as either battery electric vehicles (“BEVs”) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (“PHEVs”)—both of which need to be charged ...
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2021 Legislative Changes Impacting Virginia Community Associations

Deborah M. Casey, Kathleen W. Panagis
Updated June 4, 2021* July 1 means new laws become effective in Virginia.  The 2021 legislative session and special sessions were busy and resulted in sweeping changes—many of which impact Virginia community associations.  Of significance to property owners’ associations (“POAs”) and condominium associations are the following laws that become effective July 1, 2021: Use of ...
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Positive Economic News from the Construction Industry as the effects of COVID-19 Pandemic decrease

George M. Nicholos
Positive signals in the construction industry; the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index through April 2021 indicates a strong rebound as the effects of COVID-19 continue to subside. The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is a composite index derived from monthly report surveys from American Institute of Architects (AIA) member firms located throughout the country reporting on activity ...
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Recent Attack On World’s Largest Meat Supplier Shows Businesses Are Vulnerable To Ransomware

Jonathan V. Gallo
A few weeks ago, details of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack filled the news cycle, and by now, most people have heard about the latest ransomware attack to hit the news.  Brazil’s JBS S.A., the world’s largest meat processing company, was targeted this week by a ransomware attack that, according to reports, appeared to have ...
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Cryptocurrency: Entrepreneurs Leveraging New Technology

Daniel Salmon
Our previous article in this series looked at the legal framework surrounding blockchain technology.  This article will look at practical uses for the technology. Blockchain technology has implications for many business owners, even those not interested in the speculative trading element in cryptocurrency which is akin to trading in the stock market.  In addition to ...
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Cryptocurrency: A Legal Framework for a Fast-Moving Technology

Daniel Salmon
Our previous article considered the technology behind cryptocurrency. This article will focus on the legal framework governing the industry.  The cryptocurrency market is subject to a patchwork of inconsistent legislation and regulations that continue to evolve, leading to uncertainty about its future.  While the blockchain industry has grown for years, regulators have not kept pace ...
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Cryptocurrency: An Evolving Market Still in its Infancy and Where it Stands Today

Daniel Salmon
Bitcoin was first introduced in a 2009 white paper, Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.[1]  Since then, cryptocurrencies[2], also known as virtual or digital currencies, have exploded, with thousands of different types in circulation, achieving a $2T market cap in early 2021[3], and with the number of blockchain wallet users rising to more than 70 ...
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The Trademark Modernization Act – Greater Protections for Trademark Owners

The Trademark Modernization Act – Greater Protections for Trademark Owners

Jane D. Tucker
The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (“TMA”), signed into law on December 27, 2020, provides trademark owners with additional tools to challenge registered marks that are no longer in use or have never been used on the goods or services claimed in the registration.  It also establishes a rebuttable presumption of irreparable harm in trademark ...
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Community Associations Legal Alerts: Ending of Certain Public Health Restrictions Effective May 28, 2021

Deborah M. Casey, Kathleen W. Panagis
Effective May 28, 2021, certain public health restrictions that have been in place for well over a year will end.  Executive Order Number 79 (“EO79”) terminates the Seventh Amended Executive Order Number 72 and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine (“EO72”) on May 28, 2021.  EO79 can be found here and EO72 can be found ...
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Colonial Pipeline – A Ransomware Attack Hits Close To Home

Technology Roundup
Jonathan V. Gallo
If you had never heard of the Colonial Pipeline Company before last week, chances are that you have heard about it now.  Sitting in your car waiting in long lines to fill up at your local gas station hoping they don’t run out is likely not something you have experienced unless you are old enough ...
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Cultivating a Cannabis Business Under Virginia’s New Marijuana Law

Cultivating a Cannabis Business Under Virginia’s New Marijuana Law

Cannabis Law
Jonathan V. Gallo, Geoffrey G. Hemphill, Anne G. Bibeau
This video discusses Virginia’s recently passed marijuana law and what entrepreneurs need to know about the legal framework of the state’s newest industry ...
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GAO Sustains Protest for Agency’s Violation of SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Regulations

Daniel Salmon
In the recent matter of Innovate Now, LLC, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) sustained a protest on the grounds that the Agency’s solicitation required that both parties in a mentor-protégé joint venture (“MP-JV”) meet the same experience thresholds, despite Small Business Administration (“SBA”) regulations to the contrary. As background, the MP program allows a small ...
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