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My colleague Brent Haden recently posted an insightful article about non-competition covenants. As he noted, such covenants, when properly drafted, can be enforceable.  However, many courts subject non-competes to intense scrutiny because of their effect on competition and limitation on the ability of workers to obtain employment.  Some states, such as California and Washington, have even gone as far as to refuse to enforce any non-competition agreement.  As a result, many...
As our society and workforce has become more mobile, the presence of non-competition covenants has increased.  What does that mean in today’s workforce for employees and employers?  In Virginia, covenants not to compete are disfavored and will only be enforced if specific requirements are met.  To be enforceable in Virginia, a non-competition covenant must (i) be narrowly drawn to protect a legitimate business interest, (ii) not be unduly burdensome on the employee’s ability...
In Virginia, wetlands are protected by law.  The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), working in in close coordination with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and local Wetlands Boards, have the responsibility to preserve and prevent the destruction of tidal wetlands while also accommodating necessary economic development in a manner consistent with wetlands preservation.  Va. Code §28.2-1301(B). Construction activities in tidal wetlands areas are highly...
The birth of a child creates new priorities and responsibilities.  Parents go into survival mode, structuring their schedules around feedings and naps, which later transforms into shuttling children to and from school, music lessons, sporting events, and other activities.  Somewhere in the shuffle, it’s common for parents to put off preparing a will until “things quiet down,” which in many cases will not be  until the kids are much older.  In the meantime, they cross their...
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