Month: May 2016

Fee Schedule Update

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05/26/2016Caramore, Megan

Authored by Megan Caramore 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… 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 »

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 »

Understanding Commercial General Liability Insurance

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05/10/2016Ostroff, Gretchen M.

Is that claim covered? Authored by Gretchen M. Ostroff The Supreme Court of West Virginia recently decided what types of claims fall under the definition of “occurrence” in a Commercial General Liability (“CGL”) insurance policy. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company v. Wilson arose out of an agreement between property owners and a contractor for construction of a… Read more »

Important Changes Pending to FLSA Exempt Status and Overtime Regulations

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05/09/2016Bibeau Anne G.

The Vandeventer Black Construction and Government Contracts and Labor and Employment Law Groups have noted some important pending changes to the FLSA Exempt Status and Overtime Regulations. The Changes: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is issuing regulations updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). We anticipate that the final regulations will be issued this… Read more »

Virginia Becomes First State to Formally Regulate Fantasy Sports

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05/03/2016Rixey, James B.

Authored by Jay Rixey On March 7, 2016, Governor McAuliffe signed into law the Fantasy Contests Act (the “Act”), making Virginia the first state to formally regulate daily fantasy sports websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel. The Act distinguishes these daily fantasy sports websites from illegal gambling sites, and outlines how they may lawfully operate… Read more »