Senate Bill 550’s Impact on Construction Contracts in Virginia

During its 2022 session, the Virginia General Assembly passed—and the Governor signed—Senate Bill 550, changing the law governing Virginia construction contracts. Specifically, SB550 amends §§ 2.2-4354 and 11-4.6 of the Virginia Code to eliminate or prohibit “pay if paid” clauses while requiring “prompt payment” clauses in public and private construction contracts. A contractor cannot require…

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An Overview of Snap Removal

Removal is the procedure for a party in a state-court action to move the lawsuit to federal court. For removal to be proper, a federal district court must possess subject matter jurisdiction over the case. Primarily, federal district courts possess subject-matter jurisdiction over claims where a plaintiff alleges a cause of action arising under federal law, and claims where the matter in controversy exceeds $75,000, exclusive of interest and costs and is between citizens of different states.

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Medical expenses are recoverable from a negligent third party only when those expenses are causally related to the third party’s negligence.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld the decision of the Maryland Worker’s Compensation Commission finding that an Employer in a Workers’ Compensation Claim cannot recover medical expenses it paid from the proceeds of a related medical malpractice settlement where the medical treatment provided was not causally related to the alleged malpractice.

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