New Updates to Cobra Notices Include Affordable Care Act Information

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12/28/2014Rixey, James B.

Authored by attorney Jay Rixey The U.S. Employee Benefits Security Administration recently announced updates to its model notices informing employees of their eligibility to continue health care coverage at the end of their employment through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).  The purpose of the changes is to include information related to the Affordable… Read more »

New OSHA Reporting Requirements Effective January 1, 2015

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12/22/2014Caramore, Megan

Authored by attorney Megan Caramore On September 11, 2014, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced a final rule with respect to new reporting requirements for fatalities and severe injuries.  Previously, the rule required only that employers report fatalities or hospitalizations of three or more workers.  The new rule, which takes… Read more »

Searching for Substantial Similarity Between Architectural Works in the Fourth Circuit

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12/17/2014Golden, Sean M.

Authored by attorneys Sean M. Golden & J. Brandon Sieg Introduction To succeed in a claim of copyright infringement, a plaintiff must prove that “the defendant copied the original elements” of the plaintiff’s copyrighted work.[i]  In most cases, a plaintiff who suspects his copyrighted work has been infringed does not have direct evidence of copying. … Read more »

Douglas Palais Joins Richmond’s Vandeventer Black Office

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12/16/2014Palais, Douglas M.

Experienced trial lawyer Douglas M. Palais has joined Vandeventer Black LLP as Of Counsel.  He will be working from the firm’s office in downtown Richmond.  His principal practice areas involve Professional Liability matters, including the representation of Insurance and Securities Professionals, Corporate Directors & Officers, Securities Litigation and Arbitration, Insurance Coverage, and the defense of… Read more »

Managing Partner Chosen as Contributing Author, Inside the Minds: Litigation Strategies for Government Contracts, 2015 ed.

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12/15/2014Sterling, Michael L.

Firm Managing Partner, Michael Sterling has authored a chapter, “Education Perseverance and  Patience:   Necessary Components of Winning Government Contract Disputes”, in  the 2015 ed. of Litigation Strategies  for Government Contracts (Inside the Minds).  Published by Thomson Reutuer’s Aspatore Books, a company exclusively publishing C-Level executives and partners from the world’s most highly reputed companies and    law firms,… Read more »

Vandeventer Black LLP Lawyer Named 2014 Leader in the Law

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11/20/2014McGann, Bryant C.

Norfolk, VA. (November 20, 2014) – Vandeventer Black’s Bryant McGann has been selected as one of Virginia Lawyers Media’s “Leaders in the Law” for 2014, the prestigious awards program from the publishers of Virginia Lawyers Weekly. “We are proud of Bryant’s outstanding contributions to the practice of law,” said Michael Sterling, managing partner for Vandeventer… Read more »

Thanks to All Veterans!

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11/11/2014Lowenstein, Neil S.

On this Veteran’s Day 2014, Vandeventer Black LLP offers its thanks and gratitude to al of our veterans. Our lawyers have a solid history of military service, and we honor all how have and are serving in the different branches of service.

You Can’t Copy What You Can’t See. Why “Access” is so Important in Copyright Infringement Cases

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10/28/2014Golden, Sean M.

Authored by attorney Sean Golden The U.S. Copyright Act gives the creator of an architectural work (i.e., the copyrighted design of a building) the exclusive right to make copies or reproductions of that design.  Anyone who makes unauthorized copies can be sued for copyright infringement. As a practical matter, direct evidence of copyright infringement can… Read more »

Virginia Mechanic’s Liens – Deadline Overview

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10/22/2014Vandeventer Black

Below is a copy of a “cheat sheet” summary of important deadlines relating to Virginia mechanic’s liens John Lockard and I prepared for a recent talk. Obviously not intended as a complete overview of mechanic’s lien law, times or requirements; but a simple “keep in mind” overview.

Vandeventer Black to Hold 29th Annual Labor & Employment Law Review and Update

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10/10/2014Vandeventer Black

Norfolk, VA. (October 10, 2014) – The Labor & Employment group of Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to host its 29th Annual Labor & Employment Law seminar on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CEOs, in-house counsel staff, human resource professionals and… Read more »