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Real Estate Law: The Pitfalls of Entering into Commercial Leases Without Counsel, by Attorney John Hawthorne

Attorneys Michael E. Stamp and Brittany V. Ruyak Join Protorae Law

Protorae Law PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of Michael E. Stamp as Senior Counsel and Brittany V. Ruyak as Staff Attorney. Mr. Stamp joins the firm’s Business Litigation, Unfair Business Practices, and Employment Law practice teams.  Mr. Stamp is a commercial litigator who represents businesses in breach of contract [...]

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Unfair Business Practices – Lying to Induce Franchise Agreement Can Result in Broad Protection for the Deceived

A recent case (Bans Pasta LLC v. Mirko Franchising LLC) began when franchisees claimed they were misled and induced into buying a franchise after being shown inaccurate financial documents which the franchisors claimed was a depiction of what they could expect to make in the business. As it turns out, the franchise did not do well [...]

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Fiduciary Duties – Part 3: Duties to the Insolvent Corporation

A fiduciary duty is the duty to act in another party’s interests.  Directors and Officers of a Corporation owe fiduciary duties to the Corporation itself and to the Corporation’s Stockholders.  Previous blog posts have discussed the two core fiduciary duties owed by Directors and Officers: the duty of care and the duty of loyalty; [...]

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Judge Rules FBI Physical Fitness Test Constitutes Illegal Gender Discrimination

Federal District Court Judge Rules that FBI Physical Fitness Test with differing standards for Men and Women Constitutes Illegal Gender Discrimination Under Title VII Virginia Federal District Court Judge T.S. Ellis granted a disappointed FBI candidate summary judgment in his lawsuit against the FBI for requiring that he pass a [...]

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Small Business Legislative & Regulatory Update

Proposed Changes to the FAR Regarding 8(a) Program Contracts DoD, GSA and NASA have proposed amending the FAR to provide guidance on an 8(a)’s ability to continue to accept orders after its departure from the program and provisions related to 8(a) protests. The rules were issued, in part, to implement changes made by the SBA in [...]

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Reference to a Plat Does Not an Easement Create

When a Deed of Conveyance or a Deed of Subdivision references an easement on an attached plat, this does not necessarily mean that an easement over a parcel of real property has been created.  This is what the Supreme Court of Virginia has now twice held in the past five years.  The Commonwealth’s high court … Read More