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 »