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Exceptions to Restrictions - Using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

In our last post, we discussed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Prevention Act of 2015 (the “Act”). It prevents a citizen of one of 38 VWP countries (Australia, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, etc.) who is also a…more

B-1, B-2, Customs and Border Protection, DHS, Exceptions

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Obama Administration Announces Gift Tax Annual Exclusion Proposal

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, the Obama administration released its FY15 Budget. At the same time, the Treasury Department issued its accompanying “Green Book” that describes various changes in tax law and the resulting revenue…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Gift Tax, Gift-Tax Exemption, Tax Reform

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Virginia Environmental Regulatory Developments (February 2014)

A. Fast Track Regulations - 1. 9VAC5-10. General Definitions (Rev. D13) (amending 9VAC5-10-20). Statutory Authority: § 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia; federal Clean Air Act (§§ 110, 111, 123, 129, 171, 172, and…more

Environmental Policies

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Supreme Court Reins In Qui Tam FCA Limitations But Allows Revival of Cases Initially Barred Under First-To-File Rule, Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter, No. 12-1497

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected efforts of False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam relators to use the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA) to extend the statute of limitations for their actions. In…more

Criminal Prosecution, False Claims Act (FCA), Federal Contractors, First-to-File, KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root)

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Department of Labor Publishes Guidance on Employee Misclassification

In recent years, various initiatives and enforcement efforts on both the state and federal level have arisen in an attempt to combat the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Misclassification occurs when an…more

Administrative Interpretation, Best Management Practices, DOL, Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues

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2016 HIPAA Audits to Begin: Are you Confident in Your HIPAA Compliance?

Although the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or “HIPAA,” has been around since 1996, with its implementing regulations first published in the early 2000s, it is definitely not “old news.” In light of recent…more

Business Associates, Covered Entities, HIPAA, HIPAA Audits, HIPAA Breach

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OIG Targets Integrated Hospital Systems With Recommended Changes to Medicare’s 3-Day DRG Payment Window

On February 19, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) released a report recommending two changes in the Medicare Diagnosis Related Group (“DRG”) payments…more

Healthcare, HHS, Hospitals, Medicare, OIG

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Clearing Up the Confusion as to Preclusion: Supreme Court’s Trademark Ruling Gives Deference to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)

B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., 575 U.S. _____ (2015). The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that federal court decisions on “likelihood of confusion” can be precluded by earlier findings on the same…more

B&B Hardware v Hargis Industries, Issue Preclusion, Likelihood of Confusion, Popular, SCOTUS

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First Round of ATR Cases Goes to Banks

The CFPB’s ability-to-repay (ATR) rule became effective in January 2014. It requires mortgage lenders to determine during underwriting that a borrower has a reasonable ability to repay a loan according to its terms…more

Ability-to-Repay, Banking Sector, CFPB, Consumer Lenders, Foreclosure

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Williams Mullen FDI USA News - December 2015

FDI USA News highlights the FAQs arising from your projects—from how to finance a deal to selecting the right visa or tax strategy and more. We want to keep FDI News interactive and relevant to your international business. This…more

Due Diligence, EB-5, Foreign Direct Investment, Trade Secrets, Visas

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FAA to Broaden Registration of Drones in Effort to Increase Safe Operations

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced a plan this week that will require all owners of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to register their…more

Commercial Use, Department of Transportation (DOT), Drones, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Registration Requirement

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Class Action Trends in Virginia: Employment Background Reports

Forty percent of the consumer class actions filed in Virginia in 2014 alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) relate to background reports for employment purposes. With one exception, all of the cases are…more

Background Checks, Class Action, Consumer Reports, Credit Reporting Agencies, Employer Liability Issues

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Sharpening the Blue Pencil: NC Court of Appeals Allows Buyer and Seller to Authorize Trial Court Reformation of Non-Competes Arising from the Sale of a Business

With its split decision in Beverage Systems of the Carolinas, LLC v. Associated Beverage Repair, LLC, et al. (No. COA14-185), the North Carolina Court of Appeals has created a new question about the universal application of the…more

Appeals, Corporate Sales Transactions, Non-Compete Agreements, Sale of Assets

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s . . . Super Priority! A Brief Primer on Purchase Money Security Interests

What is a “Purchase Money Security Interest”? A “purchase-money security interest” (or “PMSI”) is a security interest securing a “purchase-money obligation”, or an obligation incurred by a debtor to buy collateral (known…more

Collateral, Lenders, Purchase Money Loans, Super Priority, UCC

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Important Changes to the AAA Construction Industry Mediation and Arbitration Rules

The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) is one of the primary providers of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and arbitration, in the United States. Many construction contracts call for disputes to be…more

American Arbitration Association, Arbitration, Mediation

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Williams Mullen Construction Industry Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2014

In This Issue: - CGL Insurance & Defects - No Sure Thing - Contract Quicksand - The Nuclear Option - Federal Contractors - Excerpt from CGL Insurance & Defects: Does Your Insurance Cover…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Contracts, Construction Workers, Contractors, Federal Contractors

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New NLRB Election Rules Drastically Change the Playing Field

On April 15, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush election” rules became effective, and going forward any representation petitions filed by unions will be subject to the new rules, which drastically expedite the…more

Ambush Election Rules, NLRB, Popular, Unions

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[Event] Second Annual - Managing Risk and Legal Issues in the Education Sector - Oct. 1st, Richmond, VA

Marsh, Mercer, Ernst & Young, and Williams Mullen will hold a one-day, multi-session seminar for Virginia's private K-12, colleges, and universities. The event will address a wide range of issues currently facing the education…more

Colleges, Events, Private Schools, Risk Management, Universities

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Recently Signed North Carolina Budget Includes Important Tax Changes

Nearly three months after the beginning of North Carolina’s fiscal year, on September 18 the state General Assembly finally adopted a budget for the next two years which was signed by Governor Pat McCrory on the same…more

Corporate Taxes, General Assembly, Legislative Agendas, State Budgets, Tax Credits

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Supreme Court Rules on Plan Fiduciaries Duty to Monitor Plan Investments

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held on Monday, May 18, 2015, that a plan trustee has a continuing duty to adequately monitor plan investments and remove imprudent ones. Tibble v. Edison, Int’l, 2015 BL 152750,…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty, Retirement Plan, SCOTUS

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Department of Labor’s Regulatory Scheme to Extend Federal Overtime and Minimum Wage Requirements Halted

The ever changing regulatory framework for Home Care Organizations and Personal Care Providers has created an uncertain environment in which to operate. As January 1, 2015, approached, many providers began preparing to…more

Companionship Exemptions, DOL, FLSA, Home Health Agencies, Home Health Care

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Congress Passes One-Year Extension of Business and Individual Tax Provisions

On December 16, 2014, the Senate voted 76-16 to pass H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (“TIPA”), which was passed by the House by a vote of 378-46 on December 3, 2014. TIPA would extend over fifty (50)…more

Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, Tax Extenders

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When the Federal Govt acts badly, but not badly enough to show bad faith – what’s a contractor to do?

In the prior issue of this newsletter, we included an article on the high standard of proof and the practical considerations for a federal government contractor claiming that the federal government acted in bad faith in its…more

Bad Faith, Board of Contract Appeals, Construction Contracts, Construction Project, Contract Disputes

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Supreme Court Reins In Qui Tam FCA Limitations But Allows Revival of Cases Initially Barred Under First-To-File Rule, Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter, No. 12-1497

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected efforts of False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam relators to use the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA) to extend the statute of limitations for their actions. In…more

Criminal Prosecution, False Claims Act (FCA), Federal Contractors, First-to-File, KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root)

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Virginia Environmental Regulatory Developments (February 2014)

A. Fast Track Regulations - 1. 9VAC5-10. General Definitions (Rev. D13) (amending 9VAC5-10-20). Statutory Authority: § 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia; federal Clean Air Act (§§ 110, 111, 123, 129, 171, 172, and…more

Environmental Policies

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Williams Mullen FDI USA News - December 2015

FDI USA News highlights the FAQs arising from your projects—from how to finance a deal to selecting the right visa or tax strategy and more. We want to keep FDI News interactive and relevant to your international business. This…more

Due Diligence, EB-5, Foreign Direct Investment, Trade Secrets, Visas

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The Definition of Identify: The 60-Day Rule

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) established that any person who receives an overpayment from the Medicare or Medicaid programs and who does not report and return the overpayment within 60 days after it…more

60-Day Rule, Affordable Care Act, CMS, DOJ, False Claims Act (FCA)

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Bipartisan Budget Agreement Triggers New Audit Rules for Partnerships; Repeals ACA Automatic Enrollment

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015, H.R. 1314, which, in addition to lifting mandatory spending caps and raising the federal debt ceiling, has repealed the Affordable…more

Affordable Care Act, Audits, Automatic Enrollment, Bipartisan Budget, Partnerships

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OIG Targets Integrated Hospital Systems With Recommended Changes to Medicare’s 3-Day DRG Payment Window

On February 19, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) released a report recommending two changes in the Medicare Diagnosis Related Group (“DRG”) payments…more

Healthcare, HHS, Hospitals, Medicare, OIG

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U.S. Tax Court Ruling in State Conservation Tax Credit Case Requires Income Recognition

In its recently issued opinion in the case of Route 231, LLC v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2014-30 (2/24/14), the United States Tax Court (the “Court”) held that a transfer of state tax credits to a 1% member who had contributed…more

Conservation Tax Credit, Corporate Taxes, IRS, Limited Liability Companies, Operating Agreements

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Taxpayer Prevails in Family Limited Liability Company Case

In a recent taxpayer victory, the Tax Court found in favor of the taxpayer with respect to three hotly contested gift and estate planning issues involving family limited liability companies. The Tax Court decided the case of…more

Estate Tax, Family Limited Liability Companies, Gift Tax, IRS, QTIP Trusts

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2016 HIPAA Audits to Begin: Are you Confident in Your HIPAA Compliance?

Although the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or “HIPAA,” has been around since 1996, with its implementing regulations first published in the early 2000s, it is definitely not “old news.” In light of recent…more

Business Associates, Covered Entities, HIPAA, HIPAA Audits, HIPAA Breach

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Form 8971: Consistent Basis Reporting Between Estate and Persons Acquiring Property From a Decedent

Recent changes to the law have imposed upon executors of a decedent’s estate new reporting obligations with regard to a decedent’s property. In short, the changes require executors, and others if necessary, to file with the IRS…more

Estate Tax, Executors, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Reporting Requirements

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U.S. Tax Court Ruling in State Conservation Tax Credit Case Requires Income Recognition

In its recently issued opinion in the case of Route 231, LLC v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2014-30 (2/24/14), the United States Tax Court (the “Court”) held that a transfer of state tax credits to a 1% member who had contributed…more

Conservation Tax Credit, Corporate Taxes, IRS, Limited Liability Companies, Operating Agreements

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Tax Court Decision Holding Partnership Allocation of State Tax Credits Was a Taxable Disguised Sale.

In its recently issued opinion in the case of Route 231, LLC v. Commissioner, No. 14-1983, 2016 WL 97598 (4th Cir. 2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (the “Court”) affirmed the U.S. Tax Court’s decision…more

Appraisal, Capital Contributions, Conservation Easements, LLC, Tax Court

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CFPB Issues Final Rules Regulating Automobile Financing, as Permitted by Dodd-Frank

On Tuesday, June 30, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “Bureau”) published its final rule in the Federal Register to expand the definition of “larger participants” in the financial product and service markets to…more

Automotive Loans, CFPB, Dodd-Frank, Larger Participant, Lenders

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Claims Under The Lanham Act

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court on Tuesday, in the case of Lexmark Int'l, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc., ___ S.Ct. ___, Case 12-873 (Mar. 25, 2014), settled an open issue regarding the relevant test for…more

False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components, SCOTUS

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It’s the CON Season in North Carolina – Is Your Petition Ready?

Can your organization satisfy an unmet need by bringing a new health care resource into a North Carolina community? If your organization perceives a need that has not been recognized by our State’s health planners, now is the…more

Certificate of Need, Healthcare, Hospitals

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United States District Court Pushes Back Against Government in North Carolina Asset Forfeiture Case

In May of last year we highlighted the decision by the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina to dismiss a forfeiture case he’d brought against Lyndon McLellan, the owner of a small convenience store…more

Asset Seizure, Attorney's Fees, Currency Transaction Reports (CTR), Dismissal With Prejudice, DOJ

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Court Permits Beneficiary Designations By Telephone

In a somewhat surprising case, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a participant may change his prior written beneficiary designation by a telephone call to the plan sponsor. The Becker v…more

Beneficiaries, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Retirement Plan, Xerox

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Green Certification: obtaining green certification for existing buildings in VA

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released its preliminary results for the 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). According to the CBECS, the United States currently has 87…more

Commercial Real Estate Market, Construction Industry, Energy Sector, ENERGY STAR Program, EPA

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OFCCP Clarifies Invitation to Self-Identify and Protected Veterans Reporting Requirements – New VETS-4212 Form

The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) has issued its Final Rule revising its regulations implementing reporting requirements under the Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of…more

DOL, Federal Contractors, Final Rules, OFCCP, Reporting Requirements

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Lawsuit “Immunity” for the Gun Industry and What the PLCAA Really Says

Do gun manufacturers really have blanket immunity from lawsuits? No, not even close. The 2016 campaign season has brought a big dose of gun policy debate, and some candidates have claimed that gun manufacturers have…more

Causation, Civil Liability, Firearms, Gun Laws, Gun Manufacturers

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The Erosion of Charitable Immunity for Virginia’s Colleges and Universities and What it Means for the Administrators and Trustees Who Lead Those Institutions.

Historically, Virginia courts have treated non-profit colleges and universities as charitable institutions which are insulated from liability for simple negligence. This rule (known as the doctrine of “charitable immunity”) is…more

Colleges, Commercial General Liability Policies, Immunity, Negligence, Non-Profits

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North Carolina Beer Distribution Agreements

In This Presentation: - The Choice: Brewery Self Distribution or Wholesaler Distribution - The Beer Franchise Law - Goals of Distribution Agreement - Checklist for Agreement - Excerpt from The…more

Beer, Breweries, Exporters, Franchises, Retailers

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Environmental Notes - January 2016

Dominion Virginia Power (Dominion) operates a coalfired power plant in Chesapeake, Virginia. It maintains permits for its operations, including a Virginia solid waste management permit and a Virginia Pollutant Discharge…more

CERCLA, Clean Water Act, EPA, Hazardous Waste, OSHA

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White House Memo Will Impact How Federal Contractors Can Use Drones

There has been a great deal written about the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) recent release of proposed regulations concerning the commercial use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – or drones. Much of what has been…more

Barack Obama, Drones, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NPRM, NTIA

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Money, Dirt and Steel: Year End 2015 NC Real Property Litigation Update

Inverse Condemnation: Nies v. Town of Emerald Isle, COA15-169 (November 17, 2015). The Town of Emerald Isle established a beach nourishment project extending the mean high water mark seaward, and regulating vehicles…more

Deeds, Eminent Domain, Foreclosure, Guarantors, HOA

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The Definition of Identify: The 60-Day Rule

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) established that any person who receives an overpayment from the Medicare or Medicaid programs and who does not report and return the overpayment within 60 days after it…more

60-Day Rule, Affordable Care Act, CMS, DOJ, False Claims Act (FCA)

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Maryland’s Denial of Credit for Tax Paid in Other States Declared Unconstitutional

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne, 575 U.S. ____ (2015), has struck down, under the “dormant” Commerce Clause, an aspect of Maryland’s income tax laws that…more

Commerce Clause, Comptroller of the Treasury v Wynne, Dormant Commerce Clause, Double Taxation, Interstate Commerce

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Online Gun Sales: E-Commerce Terms that Work, and Keep the Seller Safe

Firearms sales continue their upward trend, with National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks indicating that 2014 sales of firearms in the United States exceeded 2012 numbers, and fell just short of 2013’s…more

ATF, Background Checks, Clickwrap Agreements, Criminal Background Checks, E-Commerce

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Speak Now? Sunrise Periods Closing on New gTLDs

On January 21, 2014, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that it has “delegated” more than 100 new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), or roughly five times the total number of gTLDs in…more

Domain Names, gTLD, Trademarks

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Environmental Notes - January 2016

Dominion Virginia Power (Dominion) operates a coalfired power plant in Chesapeake, Virginia. It maintains permits for its operations, including a Virginia solid waste management permit and a Virginia Pollutant Discharge…more

CERCLA, Clean Water Act, EPA, Hazardous Waste, OSHA

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Silence Is Not So Golden

As illustrated in the recent decision issued by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Bell/Heery, a Joint Venture v. United States, No. 2013-5002, 2014 WL 43892 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 7, 2014), a contractor must carefully articulate…more

Breach of Contract, Governmental Liability

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Williams Mullen Construction Industry Newsletter - Winter/Spring 2015

In this Issue: - Welcome - Williams Mullen Announces Coastal Flooding Practice - Federal Government Contracts - New Challenges - Green Certification - Bankruptcy and Virginia Mechanic’s…more

Coastal Real Estate, Commercial Bankruptcy, Construction Industry, Federal Contractors, Flood Zones

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Clearing Up the Confusion as to Preclusion: Supreme Court’s Trademark Ruling Gives Deference to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)

B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., 575 U.S. _____ (2015). The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that federal court decisions on “likelihood of confusion” can be precluded by earlier findings on the same…more

B&B Hardware v Hargis Industries, Issue Preclusion, Likelihood of Confusion, Popular, SCOTUS

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Fossil Fuel EGUs Continue to Feel the Heat

In 2013, President Obama issued a memorandum directing EPA to develop limits on carbon emissions from new power plants. EPA did as the President asked when it promulgated a final rule this past October establishing new source…more

Carbon Emissions, EPA, Final Rules, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Power Plants

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Key Export Compliance Issues For 2016

The following are a number of important strategic issues to be considered in the export compliance area for the new year. 1. Recent Country Amendments – New Obligations and New Opportunities. There have been export law…more

Aircraft, BIS, Commerce Control List, Corporate Counsel, Cuba

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The Ever-Broadening Definition of “Disability” Under the ADA Remains a Source of Anxiety for Employers

A recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (the federal appeals court that covers Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina) reconfirms what many employers have long…more

ADA, Appeals, Employer Liability Issues, Interactive Process, Reasonable Accommodation

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Understanding Real Estate Tax Assessment Procedures

If the locality where your company’s real property is situated went through a revaluation of real property for tax purposes effective as of January 1, 2014, your company should soon be receiving a notice of assessment. You may…more

Property Tax, Real Estate Market, Tax Assessment

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North Carolina ABC Regulations Affecting Retail and Advertising Under Review

The North Carolina ABC Commission is conducting a review of the ABC regulations in Chapter 15B (formerly 2S). The regulations under review primarily affect restaurants, bars, private clubs, and other retail establishments and…more

Advertising, Alcohol Beverage Control, Hospitality Industry, Marketing, Wine & Alcohol

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Recently Signed North Carolina Budget Includes Important Tax Changes

Nearly three months after the beginning of North Carolina’s fiscal year, on September 18 the state General Assembly finally adopted a budget for the next two years which was signed by Governor Pat McCrory on the same…more

Corporate Taxes, General Assembly, Legislative Agendas, State Budgets, Tax Credits

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Exceptions to Restrictions - Using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

In our last post, we discussed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Prevention Act of 2015 (the “Act”). It prevents a citizen of one of 38 VWP countries (Australia, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, etc.) who is also a…more

B-1, B-2, Customs and Border Protection, DHS, Exceptions

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State Attorneys General Served “home cooking” by the Supreme Court of the United States

On January 14, 2014, in Mississippi v. AU Optronics Corp., the Supreme Court held that a parens patriae action (one brought by the state on behalf of its injured citizens) does not constitute a ‘mass action’ and cannot be…more

Attorney Generals, CAFA, Class Action, Parens Patriae, Removal

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7 Key Roles of a Successful Startup CEO

In your experience, what’s the most important role that a startup CEO should fulfill? That’s the question we put recently to JD Supra contributors, many of whom have spent years working with successful entrepreneurs in various…more

Business Formation, CEOs, Legal Perspectives, Startups

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Less Than Half of 2014 Virginia Consumer Protection Cases Receive Class Treatment: A Review of Virginia Consumer Class Action Results in 2015

In 2014, twenty (20) cases were filed in Virginia seeking to redress alleged violations of various consumer protection statutes on a class-wide basis. Most of these cases were concluded in 2015 without the certification of a…more

Class Action, Class Certification, FCRA, FDCPA, Settlements

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Environmental Notes - January 2016

Dominion Virginia Power (Dominion) operates a coalfired power plant in Chesapeake, Virginia. It maintains permits for its operations, including a Virginia solid waste management permit and a Virginia Pollutant Discharge…more

CERCLA, Clean Water Act, EPA, Hazardous Waste, OSHA

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[Event] Yes, Virginia, You Can Use Drones in Your Business! - Dec. 1st (Virginia Beach, VA) & Dec. 4th (Richmond & Charlottesville, VA)

Companies from a wide spectrum of industries have obtained a Section 333 Exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that permits them to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as “drones,” to collect…more

Data Collection, Drones, Events, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Section 333 Exemption

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Fourth Circuit Cleans Up Damages Award in Paper Towel Dispute and Sets Standard for the Award of Fees in Trademark Cases

In Georgia-Pac. Consumer Products LP v. von Drehle Corp., ___ F.3d ___, 2015 WL 1404765 (4th Cir. Mar. 30, 2015), as amended (Apr. 15, 2015), the Fourth Circuit reversed a damages award and clarified the standard for damages and…more

Appeals, Damages, Exceptional Case, Georgia Pacific, Popular

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Benefit and Contribution Limits for 2016

The Commissioner of Internal Revenue announced yesterday that the dollar limitations for benefits and contributions that apply to retirement plans generally will not change for 2016 because the increase in the cost-of-living…more

401k, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Contribution Limits, Employee Benefits, IRS

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Fourth Circuit Lowers the Bar in Title VII Harassment and Retaliation Cases

On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (covering Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland) issued an opinion that potentially makes it easier for employees to survive summary…more

Appeals, Employer Liability Issues, Harassment, Hostile Environment, Retaliation

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U.S. Tax Court Ruling in State Conservation Tax Credit Case Requires Income Recognition

In its recently issued opinion in the case of Route 231, LLC v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2014-30 (2/24/14), the United States Tax Court (the “Court”) held that a transfer of state tax credits to a 1% member who had contributed…more

Conservation Tax Credit, Corporate Taxes, IRS, Limited Liability Companies, Operating Agreements

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Recently Signed North Carolina Budget Includes Important Tax Changes

Nearly three months after the beginning of North Carolina’s fiscal year, on September 18 the state General Assembly finally adopted a budget for the next two years which was signed by Governor Pat McCrory on the same…more

Corporate Taxes, General Assembly, Legislative Agendas, State Budgets, Tax Credits

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FERC Urged To Revise Generator Interconnection Procedures and Agreement

It has been over twelve years since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Procedures (LGIP) and pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) for…more

Electric Generation Suppliers, Energy Sector, FERC, Interconnections, Petition for Rulemaking

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The OFCCP Calls a Moratorium on Enforcement Activities Against TRICARE Providers

On May 7, 2014, a Directive of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) placed a five-year moratorium on enforcement activities regarding health care providers that are TRICARE subcontractors. TRICARE is the…more

Affirmative Action, Department of Defense (DOD), DOL, EEOC, Enforcement

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Second Amendment Rights “Out the Door” in D.C.

Despite what might be implied by this article’s title, Second Amendment rights have actually expanded in D.C. recently. Last month, in Palmer v. District of Columbia __F. Supp.2d__ (2014); 2014 WL 3702854 (D.D.C. July 24, 2014),…more

Concealed Weapons, Firearms, Licensing Rules, Second Amendment

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Fourth Circuit Rejects “Manager Rule” in Title VII Cases

In an important recent decision, DeMasters v. Carilion Clinic, the Fourth Circuit determined that the so-called “manager rule” exception to federal anti-retaliation laws does not apply to employment cases filed under Title VII. …more

Adverse Employment Action, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Appeals, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA

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Understanding Real Estate Tax Assessment Procedures

If the locality where your company’s real property is situated went through a revaluation of real property for tax purposes effective as of January 1, 2014, your company should soon be receiving a notice of assessment. You may…more

Property Tax, Real Estate Market, Tax Assessment

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DOL’s New Overtime Rules – How Will The Proposed Regulations Impact Your Business?

The speculation is over -- on June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding overtime exemptions, after several missed release dates. The NPRM is in…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Over-Time, Popular

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Fourth Circuit Rejects “Manager Rule” in Title VII Cases

In an important recent decision, DeMasters v. Carilion Clinic, the Fourth Circuit determined that the so-called “manager rule” exception to federal anti-retaliation laws does not apply to employment cases filed under Title VII. …more

Adverse Employment Action, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Appeals, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA

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Williams Mullen Construction Industry Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2014

In This Issue: - CGL Insurance & Defects - No Sure Thing - Contract Quicksand - The Nuclear Option - Federal Contractors - Excerpt from CGL Insurance & Defects: Does Your Insurance Cover…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Contracts, Construction Workers, Contractors, Federal Contractors

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Federal Court Dismisses “Excessive Fee” Claims Against Plan’s Service Provider: McCaffree Financial Corporation v. Principal Life Insurance Company

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a retirement plan’s claims against a company with whom the plan had contracted to provide the plan’s investment options. The holding in McCaffree…more

Class Action, ERISA, Excessive Fees, Failure To State A Claim, Fiduciary Duty

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EPA Finalizes Amendments to the Boiler MACT; Definitions of “Startup” and “Shutdown” are Revised

EPA recently issued a final rule that amends the Boiler MACT, the regulation that addresses emissions of HAPs from industrial, commercial, and institutional boilers and process heaters located at major sources of HAPs. The…more

Boiler MACT Rule, EPA, Final Rules

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Williams Mullen FDI USA News - December 2015

FDI USA News highlights the FAQs arising from your projects—from how to finance a deal to selecting the right visa or tax strategy and more. We want to keep FDI News interactive and relevant to your international business. This…more

Due Diligence, EB-5, Foreign Direct Investment, Trade Secrets, Visas

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Environmental Notes - January 2016

Dominion Virginia Power (Dominion) operates a coalfired power plant in Chesapeake, Virginia. It maintains permits for its operations, including a Virginia solid waste management permit and a Virginia Pollutant Discharge…more

CERCLA, Clean Water Act, EPA, Hazardous Waste, OSHA

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[Event] Second Annual - Managing Risk and Legal Issues in the Education Sector - Oct. 1st, Richmond, VA

Marsh, Mercer, Ernst & Young, and Williams Mullen will hold a one-day, multi-session seminar for Virginia's private K-12, colleges, and universities. The event will address a wide range of issues currently facing the education…more

Colleges, Events, Private Schools, Risk Management, Universities

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An Emboldened Labor Board Continues to Expand Union and Employee Protections

With a series of significant new rules and opinions, the first three quarters of 2015 have proven to be very active for the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”). Increasingly, the Board has sought to expand the rights of…more

Ambush Election Rules, Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Confidential Information, Employment Policies, Franchises

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Lawsuit “Immunity” for the Gun Industry and What the PLCAA Really Says

Do gun manufacturers really have blanket immunity from lawsuits? No, not even close. The 2016 campaign season has brought a big dose of gun policy debate, and some candidates have claimed that gun manufacturers have…more

Causation, Civil Liability, Firearms, Gun Laws, Gun Manufacturers

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Defeating Class Certification: Halliburton II Ruling Impacts Securities Class Action Issues

In its June 23, 2014 opinion in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. (“Halliburton II”), the United States Supreme Court addressed two securities class action issues: 1. It affirmed the validity of the…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Action, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market

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[Event] Second Annual - Managing Risk and Legal Issues in the Education Sector - Oct. 1st, Richmond, VA

Marsh, Mercer, Ernst & Young, and Williams Mullen will hold a one-day, multi-session seminar for Virginia's private K-12, colleges, and universities. The event will address a wide range of issues currently facing the education…more

Colleges, Events, Private Schools, Risk Management, Universities

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An Emboldened Labor Board Continues to Expand Union and Employee Protections

With a series of significant new rules and opinions, the first three quarters of 2015 have proven to be very active for the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”). Increasingly, the Board has sought to expand the rights of…more

Ambush Election Rules, Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Confidential Information, Employment Policies, Franchises

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Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - March 2015

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of important tax developments around the Southeast…more

AL Department of Revenue v CSX, Corporate Taxes, Direct Mkting Association v Brohl, Franchise Taxes, Market Based Approach

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Williams Mullen Construction Industry Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2014

In This Issue: - CGL Insurance & Defects - No Sure Thing - Contract Quicksand - The Nuclear Option - Federal Contractors - Excerpt from CGL Insurance & Defects: Does Your Insurance Cover…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Contracts, Construction Workers, Contractors, Federal Contractors

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Williams Mullen Government Relations 2014 General Elections Report

The midterm elections in North Carolina generated an immense amount of voter interest, media attention, and spending by third party groups. An overwhelming number of voters turned out, with a record 2.9 million votes cast,…more

Election Results

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