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LeClairRyan P.C

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LeClairRyan P.C

Riverfront Plaza, East Tower 951 East Byrd Street, Eighth Floor

Richmond, Virginia 23219

United States

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As a trusted advisor, LeClairRyan provides business counsel and client representation in corporate law and litigation. In this role, the firm applies its knowledge, insight and skill to help clients achieve their business objectives while managing and min ... more

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Upcoming Webinar on "Alternative Dispute Resolution" : Virginia Community Association Law Blog

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Brian Muse, a member of LeClairRyan's Community Association Industry Team, will be co-hosting the free webinar entitled "Making Alternative Dispute Resolution Work For You: Successfully Mediating Employment Disputes. Although the firm's attorneys will be discussing ADR in the context of employment law, many of the principles of ADR that they will discuss are highly applicable to community association disputes, and therefore the webinar will be helpful to board members, developers, property managers, and other interested parties.

We encourage you to plan on joining Brian on June 24th from noon to 1 P.M. EST as he explains the pro's and con's of utilizing mediation as a means to settle disputes, and provides practical tips on how to prepare for and effectively participate in mediations so as to increase the likelihood of a positive result.


Liability - Insurance & Risk Management Issues : Virginia Community Association Law Blog

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LeClairRyanCommunity Association Team member Brian Muse recently blogged about the time extension under the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) for compliance with pool lift requirements, something that every HOA with a pool should be aware of. Check out Brian's post over at his new blog ADA Musings. While you're there, you'll find that his blog contains many other helpful articles that HOA community managers, board members, and developers should be aware of.

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On Thursday, February 16, 2012, LeClairRyan employment law attorney and Community Association Team member Brian Muse will present a one-hour webinar on the Fair Credit Report Act.
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Brian Muse, a member of LeClairRyan's Community Association Industry Team, will be co-hosting the free webinar entitled "Making Alternative Dispute Resolution Work For You: Successfully Mediating Employment Disputes. Although the firm's attorneys will be discussing ADR in the context of employment law, many of the principles of ADR that they will discuss are highly applicable to community association disputes, and therefore the webinar will be helpful to board members, developers, property managers, and other interested parties.
We encourage you to plan on joining Brian on June 24th from noon to 1 P.M. EST as he explains the pro's and con's of utilizing mediation as a means to settle disputes, and provides practical tips on how to prepare for and effectively participate in mediations so as to increase the likelihood of a positive result.


With the proliferation of suits filed ...

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With the proliferation of suits filed by so-called "ADA drive-by attorneys," commercial property owners, managers and their tenants can no longer ignore the risk that violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act represent, warns LeClairRyan partner Brian Muse in a DailyProperties.com column posted on July 31.


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (8/7/14) -With the ...

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (8/7/14) -With the proliferation of suits filed by so-called "ADA drive-by attorneys," commercial property owners, managers and their tenants can no longer ignore the risk that violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act represent, warns LeClairRyan partner Brian Muse in a DailyProperties.com column posted on July 31.

"The ADA was originally passed in 1990, but rather than a static law, it is an ever-evolving set of regulations and guidelines," he writes, adding that the law's reach now even extends to the operations of companies' websites. "Commercial property owners need to stay abreast of ADA requirements as they evolve."
In the column "Steering Clear of ADA Drive-By Lawsuits: Three Tips For Better Managing ADA-Related Risk," Muse offers some simple tips that may strengthen commercial property owners' ADA risk-management strategy, helping them to avoid potentially complex and costly lawsuits.
"ADA is not a local building code. It is federal civil rights law, which means commercial property owners must be cognizant of its broad objectives," advises Muse, who is based in the national law firm's Williamsburg, Va. office. "Take ADA's so-called "readily achievable standard" provision. Those who own older buildings often believe this provision provides an easy exemption from the requirements of the act. 'If it is too expensive to do,' the thinking goes, 'then we really don't have to do it because we're in an older building.' In reality, the situation is far more nuanced than that."
Instead, the property owners' decision-making process is what counts, he cautions. For example, rather than assuming that an architectural change or equipment purchase will be too expensive, "do the research and document what you learn. If the accommodation is not readily achievable, work with counsel to see what else you can do to engage in a good-faith process. Be able to show your clear intent to maximize ADA compliance."
The curb appeal of a property may also increase or decrease a property owner's chances of getting slapped with an ADA lawsuit. "Imagine an ADA plaintiff's attorney cruising down a busy thoroughfare on the prowl for possible violators," says Muse, who blogs about ADA issues at ADAmusings.com.
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Commercial property owners should also keep up with changing ADA regulations, Muse advises. That's because regulators are intent on more than just providing access; they also want property owners to actively promote it.
"It is one thing to keep a swimming pool lift in storage and haul it out with much fanfare whenever a person needs it," according to Muse. "It is another to have a fixed, fully functional lift at the ready-one that does not require the assistance of a team of lifeguards for it to actually be used."
Another huge growth area for ADA-and one he says is quite relevant for commercial building owners, managers and real estate agents-is the need to make sure that their websites are accessible to the disabled. "Can a user turn off that seizure-inducing strobe effect? Does your video have a closed-captioning option? asks Muse.


Brian ...

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Brian Muse

The proposed rules underscore the need for businesses of all types to be prepared for mandatory adoption of assistive technology.
Williamsburg, VA (PRWEB) October 20, 2014
The federal government could require movie theaters with digital screens to offer closed captioning for the hearing impaired, along with audio descriptions for people with visual problems, said LeClairRyan partner Brian Muse, who blogs about the Americans with Disabilities Act at ADAmusings.com. The proposed rules, he added, underscore the need for businesses of all types to be prepared for mandatory adoption of assistive technology.
"These changes could help thousands of theatergoers across the country have a better experience," said the veteran attorney, who is based in the national law firm's Williamsburg office. "However, some in the industry worry these proposed changes could drive up ticket prices."
Under the proposed Department of Justice rules, which appeared in the Federal Register on Aug. 1, movie theaters with digital screens would not be required to create their own closed-captioning or other assistive aids, Muse noted. "Rather, when a movie is available with closed-captioning and audio descriptions, the theater would be required to buy that version," he said. "In some circumstances, a theater could show films without these accommodations, but only if a compliant version were not available."
The National Association of Theater Owners, for one, has expressed concern that the proposed requirements could potentially drive up ticket prices, as well as harm the ability of small and non-digital theaters to acquire first-run movies, Muse noted.
The rules would force owners to change their theaters in several ways, the attorney added. "For example, they would need to offer a proportionate amount of accommodative equipment based on the number of seats in the theater," he said, "and such equipment would have to be available from a patron's seat."
According to the proposal, audio descriptive devices could be offered upon request. Theaters would also be required to modify and update their screens for compatibility with digital closed-captioning devices. Finally, the proposed regulations would also require theaters to train employees on the operation of accommodative devices and post a public notice of their availability, Muse said.

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