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Chinese Domain Name Scams

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05/12/2016Tucker, Jane D.

Authored by Jane D. Tucker Chinese domain name scams are solicitations by entities in Asia to companies around the world requesting that the company register its brand name as a domain name with an Asian domain name registrar. The initial solicitation is via email and usually contains the following: A statement that a third party has… Read more »

Protecting Your Business’s Reputation on the Internet

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01/29/2016Eaton, Jennifer L.

Authored by Jennifer L. Eaton The internet is a helpful resource to promote your business, but it can also be a way for unsatisfied customers, disgruntled former employees, fake reviewers, and competitors to tarnish your business reputation. In order to reduce the impact of these online attacks there are certain steps you can take to be… Read more »

Virginia’s New Crowdfunding Law

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09/23/2015Rixey, James B.

Authored by attorney Jay Rixey A new Virginia code amendment, effective as of July 1, 2015, makes it easier for small Virginia companies to raise capital by allowing companies to raise up to $2 million through crowdfunding. The amendment, codified at Virginia Code §13.1-514(21), creates an exemption from the more detailed securities, broker-dealer, and agent… Read more »

An Ounce Of Prevention…

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09/22/2015Hemphill, Geoffrey G.

Authored by Geoffrey Hemphill Too many times in my practice, clients have come to me in the midst of a tumultuous intracompany squabble. Owners who once thought they were going to start the next Microsoft or Apple are now at each other’s throats, lobbing all sorts of accusations and wrestling for control of the company. Sadly,… Read more »

Preserving Small Business Status in Mentor-Protege Joint Ventures

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08/31/2015Vandeventer Black

Authored by summer associate Thomas O’Dea 8(a) small businesses that enjoy the benefits of a mentor-protégé relationship with a larger entity need to be mindful of the very specific requirements of the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) guidance regarding joint-venture agreements. The SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals (“OHA”) recently found that an 8(a) small business… Read more »

Foreign Owners of U.S. Businesses: Time is Running Out

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01/07/2015Hemphill, Geoffrey G.

If you are a foreign owner doing business in the U.S. you should review the requirements by the Bureau of Economic Analysis/U.S. Department of Commerce (“BEA”). BEA is collecting data to measure foreign direct investments in the U.S., and they are doing so retroactively back to January 1, 2014. The BE-13 Survey form will have… Read more »

New Updates to Cobra Notices Include Affordable Care Act Information

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12/28/2014Rixey, James B.

Authored by attorney Jay Rixey The U.S. Employee Benefits Security Administration recently announced updates to its model notices informing employees of their eligibility to continue health care coverage at the end of their employment through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).  The purpose of the changes is to include information related to the Affordable… Read more »

Joint Ventures & Double BPOL

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05/16/2013Hemphill, Geoffrey G.

Authored by attorney Geoffrey G. Hemphill There are many reasons to use a joint venture to bid on a construction project. One potential negative consequence seen recently is the threat of paying the business license tax twice. And as Seinfeld taught us, double dipping is bad and should be avoided. The Virginia Business Professional and… Read more »

Miller Act Payment Bond Protection Do Not Extend to Third-Tier Subcontractors

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04/08/2013Caramore, Megan

Authored by attorney Megan B. Caramore The Miller Act requires that a contractor who is awarded a government construction contract worth $100,000 or more must furnish a payment bond. It also limits the potential claimants on the bond to persons who provide labor and materials directly to the prime contractor or persons with direct contractual… Read more »

OSHA Guidelines Put a Damper on Employee Safety Incentive Programs

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07/13/2012Eaton, Jennifer L.

Jul 2012 , Vol. VI, No.1 Authored by Jennifer Eaton In March, OSHA issued a memorandum that discussed acceptable and unacceptable safety incentive programs. OSHA affirms that employers are not allowed to intentionally or unintentionally provide incentives to employees to not report injuries. OSHA identifies positive incentive programs that are allowed. These positive incentive programs… Read more »