Month: May 2016

Fee Schedule Update

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05/26/2016Caramore, Megan

On March 7, 2016, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation to establish a workers’ compensation fee schedule in Virginia.  Virginia joins 45 other states in adopting a workers’ compensation fee schedule.  The fee schedule will go into effect on January 1, 2018, and will replace the current system of reimbursing medical providers at “usual and customary”… Read more »

Businesses Have New Tool to Protect Trade Secrets

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05/25/2016Klinedinst, Arlene F.

LEGAL ALERT Authored by Anne G. Bibeau, Dean T. Buckius & Arlene F. Klinedinst Businesses Have New Tool to Protect Trade Secrets On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) amending the Economic Espionage Act, 18 U.S. Code Section 1836.  The DTSA creates a new, federal, civil cause… Read more »

Important changes to FLSA Exempt Status and Overtime Regulations

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05/24/2016Bibeau, Anne G.

LEGAL ALERT – Going into Effect on December 1, 2016 The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued regulations updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final regulations were issued on May 17, 2016, and will go into effect on December 1, 2016. Under the new regulations, any employee who is paid less than… Read more »

Nash Bilisoly to Give Opening Speech at Signal Maritime Conference in Seattle on May 24

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05/20/2016Bilisoly, F. Nash

Vandeventer Black LLP attorney F. Nash Bilisoly will be giving the keynote address at the 2016 Signal Maritime Conference in Seattle Washington, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  Titled “IN SEARCH OF THE 21ST CENTURY LONGSHOREMAN: THE BROADENING BOUNDARIES OF JURISDICTION UNDER THE ACT,” representatives from government and the private sector will strive to answer a basic, but… Read more »

UPDATE: DOL Announces Final Overtime Rule

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05/18/2016Bibeau, Anne G.

In our May 9, 2016 blog post we discussed the pendency of expected Department of Labor (DOL) regulations updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including overtime rules. This blog post updates our earlier post as yesterday, May 17, 2016, DOL announced its final rule. The rule’s effective date is December 1, 2016. Some highlights… Read more »

President Obama Signs Defend Trade Secrets Act

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05/17/2016Vandeventer Black

On May 11, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), providing federal protection respecting trade secret misappropriation. Among key aspects of this new federal law: Federal district courts are given jurisdiction for civil actions under DTSA, although not exclusive jurisdiction. In order for federal jurisdiction to lie, claimants need to show that the… Read more »

GSA Targets Schedule Contract Holders Regarding Countries of Origin for Products

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05/17/2016Vandeventer Black

The General Services Administration recently targeted nearly 3,000 GSA schedule contract holders earlier this month regarding the countries of origin for the schedule contract holders’ offered products. This targeting comes after numerous congressional inquires and FOIA requests alleging product violations of both the Trade Agreements Act and the Buy American Act. Schedule contract holders were… Read more »

Chinese Domain Name Scams

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05/12/2016Tucker, Jane D.

Authored by Jane D. Tucker Chinese domain name scams are solicitations by entities in Asia to companies around the world requesting that the company register its brand name as a domain name with an Asian domain name registrar. The initial solicitation is via email and usually contains the following: A statement that a third party has… Read more »

12 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers

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05/12/2016Buckius, Dean T.

Vandeventer Black LLP attorneys from Norfolk and Richmond were selected by their peers as 2016 Virginia Super Lawyers. Annually, less than five percent of all lawyers in Virginia are selected for this honor. Named as Virginia Super Lawyers from the Norfolk office were Dean Buckius, Employment & Labor; Mark Coberly, Transportation / Maritime; William Franczek,… Read more »

Mike Sterling Speaks at Library’s BF Black Plaque Dedication

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05/11/2016Sterling, Michael L.

“We appreciate the recognition shown for the current benefits realized from the contributions of past community builders such as Barron F. Black. We hope this inspires continued community support for our public libraries.” – Managing Partner Mike Sterling at the Norfolk Public Library’s Barron F. Black Branch Plaque Dedication.