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 »

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.

DOL Final Rule Raises Federal Contract Minimum Wage to $10.10 per hour

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10/09/2014Lowenstein, Neil S.

DOL issued its final rule on October 7 implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13,658 and increasing the minimum wage for workers performing federal service and construction contracts to $10.10 per hour. The final rule also sets future increases to be based upon the Consumer Price Index. Click Here for more information about the final rule.

2014 Carter Gunn Memorial Stressbuster 8K – 27 Nov

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10/09/2014Vandeventer Black

Make your reservations now for the 2014 Carter Gunn Memorial Stressbuster 8K fun fun. This year the Stressbuster 8K is November 22, 2014 at First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach, VA. Registration starts at 7:30am; the race starts at 9:00am. This is a fun, cross country 8K race along historic, scenic and rolling trails in… Read more »

Mechanic’s Liens: Part One. Technical Risks

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10/02/2014Vandeventer Black

Authored by attorney John Lockard Virginia law provides for a mechanic lien intended to insure payment to persons who supply labor or materials for construction projects. On first blush, the requirement is simple – to file the mechanic’s lien. But over the years judicial interpretations of the statutory provisions have made the requirements much more… Read more »