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ADA Musings: Coalescing ADA Insights for Business Owners

Although the purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is to ensure that businesses satisfy the requirements of federal anti-discrimination law by providing public accommodations and reasonable employee accommodations for individuals with disabilities, the process and nature of resulting lawsuits can still feel like a shakedown.

Brian Muse, a partner in LeClairRyan's Williamsburg, VA office, offers business owners insightful suggestions about how to comply with the ADA’s public and employee accommodation requirements as well as how to handle claims or threats of litigation when they occur.

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Break the Scales: Changing the Delivery of Legal Services

Tom Regan, a shareholder in LeClairRyan's Newark, NJ, office, explores the granular nuts and bolts of legal project management, alternative fee arrangements, and the delivery of legal services outside of the standard six-minute billing time increments. A product liability lawyer by training, Tom shares his experience as national coordinating counsel responsible for managing large dockets of cases filed in multiple jurisdictions and opines where the legal industry is, where it is heading, and how it needs to adapt to changing times.

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D.C. Anti-SLAPP Law: Free Speech Protections Against Frivolous Lawsuits

The District of Columbia is among the more than 25 states and jurisdictions that have enacted an anti-SLAPP statute -- SLAPP stands for "strategic lawsuit against public participation." Like other jurisdictions, the D.C. anti-SLAPP statute provides defendants with a procedural vehicle for disposing of litigation aimed at stifling or chilling speech at an early stage.

Les Machado, co-leader of LeClairRyan's Media, Internet and E-Commerce Industry team, provides readers with a general understanding of the D.C. anti-SLAPP law and the evolving case law interpreting this statute. Written with a journalistic flair, Les’ blog offers invaluable insights to anti-SLAPP cases making headlines nationwide.

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EMERGE: The New and Growing Business Blog

Entrepreneurs face a myriad of questions and challenges when starting their business.  From the legal start-up requirements to strategic decisions affecting operations and management, the road to success can be daunting. LeClairRyan's Joel Nied provides readers with practical advice for new and emerging companies dealing with the day-to-day issues of growing their business.  Combining his in-house corporate transactions experience with public sector awareness, Joel strives to provide budding entrepreneurs with strategic, growth-oriented insight.

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EPLI Risk - Issues and Trends Impacting EPLI and D&O Liability Insurance Carriers

Few blogs focus on the needs of insurance carriers providing EPLI and D&O liability insurance to employers. To fill the void, those who work for insurance companies providing this insurance, and those who oversee the management of employment claims and lawsuits brought against their insureds, are invited to participate in LeClairRyan’s newest blog.  For insight into employment coverage and underwriting issues, substantive legal areas, and managing the tripartite relationship between insurance company-insured-outside counsel, we invite you to join us.

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Franchise Alchemy: Transforming Franchise Business Law Into Golden Concepts

Franchising is big business. McDonald’s had $28 billion in revenues and $5.6 billion in profits in 2013. Franchising is global. Subway has more than 67,000 shops worldwide. Franchising is also highly regulated. Federal and state laws require franchisors to provide detailed disclosures to prospective franchisees and place limits on a franchisor’s contractual right to terminate or refuse to renew a franchise agreement. Yet, legislators and judges sometimes misconstrue the franchise relationship to the detriment of franchising as a business model. 

Tom Pitegoff and other members of LeClairRyan’s Franchise Industry team keep readers informed about judicial, legislative and business changes affecting franchising as they unfold. Written with a pro-franchise voice, the team’s blog posts offer honest opinions about the issues affecting the franchise industry, sage advice to promote franchise practices that are profitable both for franchisors and franchisees, and support for legislative changes that will improve the business of franchising.

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Virginia Community Association Law Blog: Virginia's Premier Legal Blog for Condominium and Homeowner's Associations

The legal challenges associated with forming, registering, operating and managing effective community associations are manifold, touching upon many aspects of state and federal law.

Members of LeClairRyan's Community Association Industry team help readers navigate this complex territory by sharing their insights on the myriad of issues affecting homeowner and condominium associations of all sizes and levels of sophistication.

While some postings address issues related to Virginia community association law, the authors also skillfully explain how various federal laws and regulations apply to community association development and operations.

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