Businesses operating in and around the coal mining industry are at great risk of liability for claims under the federal black lung program. The legislation and supporting regulations establishing the ground rules for mining operator liability are complex and occasionally expanded upon in black lung court cases. Here, an experienced black lung defense lawyer offers a primer on the federal Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA) for mining operators.
When entering a West Virginia (WV) commercial real estate transaction, there are many legal and financial consequences to consider. Put simply, you don’t know what you don’t know. An experienced WV commercial real estate attorney can help with all aspects of a commercial transaction, including examining title, negotiating the deal, handling the closing, and helping resolve any post-closing disputes.
Complications can arise at any time during a commercial real estate transaction. Having an attorney negotiate and oversee your deal is the best way of mitigating your risk in commercial real estate transactions in WV.
Non-compete agreements are provisions found in employment contracts that restrict an employee’s actions after leaving that employer. Covenants not to compete are regularly disputed, and states have struggled to balance an employer’s legitimate business interests against an employee’s right to switch employers. President Biden issued the Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy on July 9, 2021. With only vague direction ordering the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to “curtail” the use of contracts to unfairly inhibit worker mobility, the extent to which this apparent federal ban on non-compete agreements will impact businesses bears watching.
Restaurant owners invest significant time, energy, and money in the establishment, maintenance, and growth of their businesses, often forming a personal, emotional connection to the endeavor. When the time comes to determine the value of a restaurant, however, the owner or owners must be able to approach the restaurant valuation process objectively.
The sale, purchase, and financing of commercial real estate is more complicated than the purchase of a residential home. These sizeable investments warrant protection against claims regarding true ownership and control of the property or the real estate it sits on. Through consultation with a West Virginia commercial real estate attorney, you can understand all aspects of your commercial real estate deal—including the reasons for obtaining title insurance for commercial property.