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Contracts: when the writing is not on the wall

In recent months we have seen a lot of situations where clients have dug themselves a hole by signing a contract.  In some cases the client didn’t read the contract.  In others the contract didn’t reflect the agreement.  In others, the contract was just a bad deal for them.  In all of them, we didn’t […]

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When life gives you lemons…

For many, the thought of buying a new car evokes a compulsory flood of emotion.  Those emotions likely differ for each reader, but for most, they will include a healthy mix of excitement, pride, fear and anxiety.  Since we here at Setliff Law prefer to focus on the positive, we assume that when you close […]

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Ride-share drivers to receive minimum wage in NYC

Thanks to a new set of rules recently passed in New York City, drivers for ride-hailing applications like Uber and Lyft are about to be guaranteed a minimum hourly wage. The new rule, passed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, mandates a wage floor of $17.22 per hour after expenses—or $26.51 per […]

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Employment law considerations: Are interns entitled to minimum wages and overtime?

Internships are a rite of passage for many who want to gain experience and make valuable connections. If interns are paid, the internship typically functions like an entry-level position with an expiration date. However, it can get a trickier for companies that hire unpaid interns, since different rules apply. In the past, the Department of […]

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Federal Judge rules on driver pay for “hours worked”

In January, Timothy L. Brooks, a federal judge in the Western District of Arkansas, doubled down on his October 19th Memorandum Opinion in the case of Browne v. P.A.M. Transport, Inc., in which he stated that the Defendant, P.A.M Transport, Inc., was required to ensure all of its drivers were paid at least minimum wage under the […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Truck Drivers on Arbitration Issue

In a previous article, we updated you on New Prime, Inc. v. Oliveira, a case that was argued before the United States Supreme Court on October 3, 2018. Generally, this case concerned how the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) applies to independent contractor agreements in the transportation industry. On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, the Supreme Court […]

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Strange Bedfellows: California, the Teamsters, the FMCSA, and Motor Carrier Rest Rules

Until recently, California had rules essentially requiring that truck drivers take one 10 minute rest break every four hours, and one 30 minute meal break after every five hours of driving.  Federal Law, however, required a 30 minute break after every eight hours of driving.  The result was some confusion over which law applied in California, and […]

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Changes to Virginia Rules Empower Judges to Dismiss Cases for Lack of Participation in Discovery

Discovery serves an important role in litigation.  The purpose of discovery is to clarify the issues between the parties, ascertain facts relative to those issues and obtain the fullest possible knowledge of the facts and issues before trial.  Indeed, whether circumstances tend to lend credence to a favorable settlement or a trial, utilizing effective discovery […]

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Workplace emails: Employer considerations for communications discoverable in the event of litigation

“Never write if you can speak, never speak if you can nod, never nod if you can wink.” —Attributed to the 19th century Boston political boss Martin Lomasney. The words of 19th-century Boston political boss Martin Lomasney have never rung truer than in today’s modern age of email communications. More than ever, the words we […]

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Governor Northam Announces Support for Tolling I-81

Governor Northam announced at a press conference yesterday that he supports the plan to impose tolls on I-81 to fund $2.2 billion in improvements along the corridor. The legislation will be patroned by Senators Mark Obenshain (R-Rockingham County) and Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) and Delegates Steve Landes (R-Augusta County) and Terry Austin (R-Botetourt County). Click here to […]

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