Category Archives: Construction Law

The Registered Agent Advantage

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, as in most states, all corporations, LLC’s or other corporate style entities are required to have a registered agent if they are to do business in the Commonwealth.  The reasons for the requirement are many, but the main ones are taxation, service of process and communication from the Virginia State…

LEED Certification Challenges: What is “Close Enough”?

Originally posted 2010-06-14 09:00:08. There have been many discussions lately regarding the Northland Pines challenge to the LEED certification of its high school facility recently rejected by the USGBC, notably at the Builder’s Counsel Blog and at the Green Building Law Update.  You can check out the Green Building Law Update link for the entire…

Is Arbitration Okay Under the Miller Act? It Is if You Don’t Object

I have discussed both payment bond claims under the Miller Act and alternate dispute resolution (ADR) here at Construction Law Musings on many an occasion.  A question that is sometimes open is what to do when there is contractually mandated arbitration for claims “relating to the contract or the work.” While here in Virginia, as…

“Green” Expectations. . . or Just Expectations (“green” is not a specification; it’s a paint color)

Originally posted 2012-02-27 09:00:54. I was having a discussion regarding “green”  building with my friend and recent guest poster here at Musings, Nick Pacella (@nmpacella) this past week and (as often happens when I chat with the great folks in the construction world) it got me to thinking.  Is “Green” its own separate category of…

Musings on the Virginia Mediation Network Fall Conference

As those of you who read this little corner of the legal blogging world know, I am now 3 years or so into my time as a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator.  I am also available and as active as possible for private mediations.   Why go through the certification process as opposed to just using…

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