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Posts from September 2013.

The question of exactly what triggers a requirement for a contractor’s license comes up frequently in my practice.  Like many other things in the law, the answer is not particularly clear and can be somewhat circular.  Still, there are some practical signposts that provide definition and allow for some risk analysis.

Political contributions and developer-politician interaction are facts of life in the development community.  And it makes sense too – developers bring many benefits to communities, such as housing, work space, shopping, and contributions to community amenities, while politicians help marshal the project in a manner they believe will benefit constituents.  To be sure, there must be reasonable limits that prevent Chicago-style politics from arising.  Virginia has several such laws, including the State and Local Government Conflicts of Interest Act (Va. Code section 2.2-3100, et seq.) and various other “conflict of interest” statutes.