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Disappointed that PTAB declined inter partes patent review? Tough, EDVA Judge rules

Posted on January 28, 2016
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The Patent and Trademark Board’s decision on whether to grant inter partes review cannot be challenged in court. In Medtronic, Inc. v. Lee, 1:15-cv-946 (E.D. Va. Jan. 21, 2016), after the PTAB terminated an inter partes review seeking to determine the validity of two patents, the petitioner appealed the decision to federal court. But Judge […]

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Date of Mailing Doesn’t Save Payment Bond Claim

Posted on December 17, 2015
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In a case of first impression in Virginia, the circuit court in Norfolk confirmed that the date of mailing is meaningless to satisfy notice requirements on a state law payment bond claim. The date that matters is the one on which the general contractor receives the notice. Under the Little Miller Act in Virginia, a […]

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Court Orders Arbitration of Patent License Dispute

Posted on December 17, 2015
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Virginia federal courts still err in favor of arbitration in business cases, even where parties take measures to avoid it. In University of Virginia Patent Foundation v. DynaVox, where a patent licensee refused to pay royalties on grounds that its products were not covered by the patent, a Virginia federal court held that the dispute […]

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WATCH OUT – Virginia tightens policy on contractor licenses as of July 1, 2015

Posted on July 1, 2015
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Be careful of your contractor licenses and worker classifications in Virginia. Under a new policy effective July 1, 2015, where VOSH has reasonable cause to believe workers are being misclassified on a Virginia construction project (usually as independent contractors), VOSH may require each contractor to provide proof of its own DPOR license and the DPOR […]

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New statute has power to nullify lien waivers in Virginia

Posted on July 1, 2015
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Effective July 1, 2015, any provision of a construction contract or lien waiver that “waives or diminishes” the payment bond or mechanic’s lien rights of a subcontractor, lower-tier subcontractor or material supplier before services are rendered is “null and void” in Virginia.  The new language in Va. Code § 11-4.1:1 and Va. Code § 43-3 […]

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Contractor’s failure to provide project accounting leads to criminal conviction under Va. Code § 43-13

Posted on June 11, 2015
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Violation of Va. Code § 43-13 leads to criminal, not civil, liability. Under § 43-13, when a contractor receives money from an owner to pay subcontractors, he cannot use the money for any other purpose. In Holloway v. Commonwealth, owners paid a contractor $422,000 towards a new home, but after five suppliers and subcontractors went […]

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Western District of Virginia narrowly construes Virginia’s anti-indemnification statute

Posted on June 11, 2015
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Rental companies may now rest easier in indemnity cases in Virginia.  In RSC Equipment Rental v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., the Western District of Virginia denied a general contractor’s motion to dismiss where the contractor sought to avoid indemnifying a forklift supplier by invalidating its indemnity clause.  Under Va. Code § 11-4.1, a party in a […]

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Email evidence supports time extension, defeats general contractor’s delay claim

Posted on June 11, 2015
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Don’t delete a good email. In United States ex rel. Engineered Services v. T.H.R. Enterprises, a subcontractor defeated a general contractor’s delay claim and won its entire contract balance using email evidence to establish an extended completion date.  The Eastern District of Virginia federal court held that the subcontract completion date was extended to the […]

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Notice under Virginia’s Little Miller Act must be received by 90-day deadline

Posted on June 11, 2015
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Notice that is mailed, but not received, by the 90-day deadline in Virginia’s Little Miller Act is untimely under Virginia law, according to a case of first impression in Norfolk Circuit Court. Subcontractors and suppliers asserting a payment bond claim on a public construction project in Virginia are required by statute to give written notice […]

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