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Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 1/27/2022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel, the attorneys at General Counsel, P.C., discuss whether a contract can be formed simply through email communications (spoiler, the answer is yes). Parties often believe that to have a valid contract, it is necessary to have
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In a recent case, the Fourth Circuit found in favor of an employee against her previous employer for claims of hostile work environment and retaliation. There, the court determined the employee plausibly pled claims of hostile work environment and retaliation when she was subjected to comments from her coworker and supervisor and negative management decisions
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 1/12/2022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel, the attorneys of General Counsel, P.C. discuss the risks of using online estate planning tools (and why you should work with an attorney). Estate planning is one of the most important things we can do to
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Estate planning is one of the most important things we can do to ensure that our assets are protected after death, our loved ones are taken care of, and our wishes are carried out according to our specific instructions. With the advent of websites offering estate planning documents, many have come to rely on this
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 12/29/2022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel, General Counsel, PC, a law firm in McLean that since 2004 has been representing businesses, nonprofit entities and individuals throughout the Washington area, discusses the importance of having a contract management solution – and offers its
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Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 12/15/2022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel, the attorneys of General Counsel, P.C. discuss what many may believe a boring subject – the importance of clear and concise language in contracts. However, if you have ever been involved in a contract dispute, perhaps
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In a recent case, the Eastern District of Virginia found for the plaintiff corporations at the motion to dismiss stage for claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract. Here, the court confirmed that software components can be trade secrets covered by the Virginia Uniform Trade Secrets Act. Additionally, the court noted that
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Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 11/23/2022 Image from Inside Nova Regardless of the success of a business, business owners run the risk of being sued. Litigation and lawsuits can be stressful, costly and time-consuming. However, there are steps business owners can take to help better protect their businesses and put them in the best position
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In a recent case, the Supreme Court of Virginia answered the question of whether joint employer liability for unpaid wages can be imposed upon individuals who act directly or indirectly in the interest of an employer in relation to an employee. There, employees filed a claim for unpaid wages against two former board members, in

Use Care (and Caution) in Drafting Contracts

Contracts are critical in the business world. Employment agreements, purchase contracts, and non-disclosure agreements are only a few examples of the various contracts that play a large role in the success of a business. However, not all contracts are created equal. Each agreement should be drafted specifically to address the specific parties to a matter
A Message from Craig Lawless, Chair of General Counsel, P.C’s Government Contracts Practice Group, Editor of the Bid Protest Weekly, and Captain, United States Navy On behalf of General Counsel, P.C. and its affiliate, VetWorking, we are proud, appreciative, and so very grateful to our Veterans and their families for the service they have given to the United State
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 11/08/2022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel, the attorneys of General Counsel, P.C. provide an overview of politics in the workplace. With politics becoming more polarizing, employers may be wondering how much political talk among employees they should allow. Such discussions may distract
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Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 10/25/2022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel,  the General Counsel, P.C. litigation team discusses what class actions and how they compare to a mass torts. Almost every day on television there is a commercial for a new class action lawsuit, talc in baby powder,
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 10/11/2022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel, discusses estate planning lessons from Queen Elizabeth (and how her planning should be motivation for anyone that does not have a plan in place). Queen Elizabeth’s recent passing signals changes for the royal family. While most
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