Good News for Subcontractors and Suppliers: Prospective Lien and Bond Claim Waivers are Null and Void

Until now, Virginia has been among a number of states that allow a subcontractor or supplier of materials to a construction project to waive its rights to a mechanic's lien or a payment bond claim prospectively, before even beginning work, by agreeing to such a waiver in a subcontract, purchase order or even a progress payment lien waiver. With the passage of Senate Bill 891,Virginia joins the ranks of a majority of states that prohibit such waivers.

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The Emerging Law on the Commercial Use of Drones

The body of law relating to drones, those small, unmanned, remote controlled aircraft - those flying gizmos - is in its infancy, but is growing rapidly. In February of this year, the Federal Aviation Administration announced a new set of rules which authorize the commercial use of drones, albeit in a very limited manner.

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Supreme Court of Virginia address timeliness of a nonsuit under Va. Code § 8.01-380(A)

On April 16, 2015, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued an opinion regarding the timeliness of a nonsuit under Virginia Code § 8.01-380(A), which provides, in part, that “[a] party shall not be allowed to suffer a nonsuit as to any cause of action or claim, or any other party to the proceeding, unless he does so . . . before the action has been submitted to the court for decision.”

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