Month: July 2015

New Laws Affecting Construction: Part II

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07/31/2015Harvey, James R.

Authored by James Harvey Last time we reviewed recent new laws impacting the validity of mechanic’s lien and bond waivers for subcontractors and suppliers before work is performed. This week, we take a look at the new law intended to correct a court decision that would have prohibited any contractor on a public procurement from even… Read more »

17 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2014 Legal Elite


07/29/2015Ambrosio, Christopher

Vandeventer Black LLP attorneys have been selected as Virginia’s Legal Elite.  Begun in collaboration with the Virginia Bar Association in 2000, this year 1,315 Virginia lawyers nominated 3,461 of their peers in 16 legal categories. Attorneys from the law offices of Vandeventer Black LLP include: Christopher Ambrosio (Business Law); Anne Bibeau (Labor/Employment); Nash Bilisoly (Appellate… Read more »

New Laws Affecting Construction: Part I

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07/27/2015Harvey, James R.

Authored by attorney James Harvey The General Assembly was unusually busy this year in passing legislation that impacts construction and government contracts in Virginia.  This is part 1 of 3 on these new laws every contractor should know: Mechanic’s Liens and Bond Waivers Senate Bill 891 changes Virginia law and now prohibits any attempt to… Read more »

EDVA Win for Two Vandeventer Black Litigators

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07/22/2015Paul, Dustin M.

In a recent Federal maritime case in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk-based litigators Richard Ottinger and Dustin Paul won a summary judgment defense verdict for their client. This is one of only a handful of opinions that has ever applied the qualified immunity doctrine to a negligence action… Read more »

Vandeventer Black Litigator Receives Prestigious Peer Rating

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07/16/2015Bibeau, Anne G.

Norfolk, VA. (July 16, 2015) – Vandeventer Black LLP’s Anne G. Bibeau has received an AV Preeminent® Peer-Review Rating™ (Litigation, Labor and Employment, and Insurance) from Martindale-Hubbell®, the legal profession’s most prestigious rating service. Bibeau works from Vandeventer Black’s office in Downtown Norfolk, and is a partner in the firm’s Labor Department. Bibeau focuses her… Read more »

Department of Justice Releases Cyber Security Best Practices

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07/16/2015Vandeventer Black

Authored by summer associate Paul Hawkins Cyber security is a hot topic in today’s news cycle. Whether it was the much-publicized Sony hack, or the very recent compromise of enormous amounts of highly sensitive U.S. government information, these types of incidents have been shown to be extremely costly to organizations. Today, private companies, large and… Read more »

Multinationals in Kristiansand – Mobilizing for the Future

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07/15/2015Powers, Edward J.

Norway is becoming an important trading partner for the United States. (Norway is the 5th fastest growing source of FDI into the US according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.)  Vandeventer Black’s Katharina B. Powers recently visited Norway to meet with Norwegian and US companies. On May 21st the City of Kristiansand, Norway, in cooperation with… Read more »

The Risks of Using Criminal Statutes to Collect Construction Debts

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07/14/2015Vandeventer Black

The failure to make payment on a construction contract may not only result in a claim for money damages in a civil lawsuit, but it may also result in a violation of a criminal statute.  For example, Code of Virginia Section 43-13 makes it a felony to use funds received for a particular construction project… Read more »

Another Vandeventer Black Victory

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07/09/2015Bibeau, Anne G.

Anne G. Bibeau, Esq., a partner with Vandeventer Black LLP, recently won summary judgment in an insurance defense suit. The plaintiff, an incapacitated adult, had been severely injured while in the care of defendant Community Direct Services, Inc. (CDS). The plaintiff petitioned for declaratory judgment that two insurance policies issued to CDS—one by Vandeventer’s clients,… Read more »

False Claims Act: The Fourth Circuit’s Triple Canopy Decision

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07/06/2015Caramore, Megan

Authored by attorney Megan Caramore The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§3729-3733, also known as the “Lincoln Law,” is a federal law that imposes liability on individuals and companies (often federal contractors) who defraud the government.  The Act prohibits contractors from presenting the government with a false or fraudulent claim for payment. The Fourth Circuit… Read more »