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EPA Approval for Superfund Cleanup Costs – the impact of Atl. Richfield Co. v. Christian in environmental lawsuits

Congress passed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as Superfund, in 1980 to provide broad Federal authority to respond directly to releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health or the environment. CERCLA holds various types of “potentially responsible parties” (PRPs) strictly liable for cleanup costs in […]

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Stealing City Hall: While no one is watching…

My contempt for the COVID-19 hysteria is well known.  I am convinced that individuals and government entities are grossly overreacting in the absence or ignorance of fact, and I am not convinced that we could not have accomplished the same result as we have for less than the roughly 9 trillion dollars it’s costing.  Regardless of what […]

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Congratulations, Jason Mackey!

Congratulations to Jason Mackey who has been selected to the 2020 Virginia Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Jason Mackey has been with Setliff Law for 7 years and in that time has consistently demonstrated an […]

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COVID-19: Maryland and Virginia Provide Exemptions to Regulations

Maryland and Virginia have issued emergency orders that require most people to stay at home or otherwise prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people and shut down businesses deemed non-essential in an effort to mitigate and contain the spread of COVID-19.  These orders, however, exempt businesses deemed essential by Maryland and Virginia.  Businesses deemed essential […]

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No Workers’ Compensation Awarded to Truck Driver Injured in Motor Vehicle Accident After Failing to Wear Seat Belt

Everyone knows to wear a seat belt. Some cars even have sticker warnings, while other car systems flash warning signals when the car starts, but how many drivers adhere to these warnings? Who is at fault if someone doesn’t wear a seat belt and gets hurt? Is it the employer? Is it the employee? The Virginia […]

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It’s the End of the World, But First We’re Getting Sued 

Along with panic buying toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and hand soap, mocking the COVID-19 or “Wuhan” Coronavirus has become something of a pastime of mine.  Efforts to cash in on the bad news are not limited to investments, snake oil, and hoarding food, we’re also seeing CNN podcasts and continuing legal education seminars on the subject.  Not wanting to make light of what could be […]

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Walmart truck drivers find $54.6 million verdict right in the handbook

When evaluating alleged corporate misconduct, courts regularly look to the language of a company handbook when determining whether policies and procedures conform with (or violate) state and federal law. How confident are you in the text of your policy manual? Does your company handbook go too far? For example, does your company handbook limit how […]

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New guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Given the rapidly developing legal issues surrounding the Act, we are providing the DOL guidance to you. See attached FFCRA Employer Paid Leave Requirements and FFCRA Employee Expanded Family and Medical Leave Rights. The DOL guidance indicates that there will be […]

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Tax Relief and COVID-19

Federal Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses to Recover Costs of Coronavirus-Related Leave On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully […]

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An update from us on COVID-19

We want to thank you for your patience during this very challenging situation. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, our focus is on the safety and well-being of our employees, who are vitally important to support you and your business, as well as the safety and continued service of our clients. Despite the day-to-day uncertainty we all […]

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