NLRB Comes to its Senses on Joint-Employer Liability, Overruling its Browning-Ferris Decision

12/15/2017Bibeau Anne G.

On December 14, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, Ltd. overruled its 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries, which had redefined the joint-employer liability standard under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). Going forward, the NLRB will apply its earlier joint-employer liability standard. “Joint employer” is the legal doctrine whereby one… Read more »

Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers

12/14/2017Poston, Anita O.

Twenty-two attorneys from Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm Vandeventer Black have been awarded Coastal Virginia’s Top Lawyers of 2017-2018 by Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVa Biz Magazine. Candidates for this award are selected by their peers and nominated for exemplifying excellence in their specialty. The lawyers being recognized are: The lawyers receiving these honors… Read more »

Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Legal Elite

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12/14/2017Vandeventer Black

Virginia Business Magazine recently released its Virginia Business ‘Legal Elite’ winner’s list for 2017, which includes 24 Vandeventer Black attorneys. Eligible attorneys were nominated by their peers for this recognition. “We are proud of all of the attorneys awarded in this year’s edition,” said Michael Sterling, Managing Partner. “This award is a reflection of their… Read more »

Former Fortune 500 Counsel Joins Vandeventer Black

12/12/2017Stallard, Jean M.

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Jean M. Stallard to the firm, as she joins the firm’s Business Law Practice Group. Stallard brings extensive experience in transactions, corporate and securities law, with a focus on private equity and venture capital, corporate purchasing, and energy sector operations. She served as co-founder,… Read more »

Writing Off Bad Debt

12/08/2017Vandeventer Black

It is an unfortunate fact of life that businesses often have difficulties collecting debts. It is important that businesses take proactive steps to address their bad debt so that they can either collect the debt or obtain the benefit of a tax deduction. The Internal Revenue Code (as of the date this article was published)… Read more »

An Overview of Virginia Law on Electronic Signatures

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12/01/2017Chappell, W. Thomas

As business increasingly takes place digitally instead of on paper, electronic signatures have become an important facet of completing transactions.  Now, instead of executing transactions the traditional way by having the parties provide signatures in ink on paper, many transactions are now completed by clicking a button, typing one’s name into a form, signing a… Read more »

Can an Architect Be Held Liable for Defects in Construction

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11/29/2017Golden, Sean M.

It is common on commercial construction projects for the owner to hire the architect to perform services during construction, in addition to designing the project.  Among other things, the architect’s construction phase services will typically consist of periodic observations and evaluations of the progress of the construction work.  An architect may be charged with observing… Read more »

Handling Document Subpoenas

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11/22/2017Palais, Douglas M.

Businesses, large and small, are served with subpoenas with regularity.  My experience leads me to believe that many businesses do not understand the significance of subpoenas.  The purpose of this article is to provide some recommendations for handling subpoenas. First, what is a subpoena?  Although subpoenas are usually signed by attorneys, rather than by judges… Read more »

Vandeventer Black LLP ranked in 2018 “Best Law Firms”

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11/21/2017Vandeventer Black

Vandeventer Black LLP was recently recognized by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list. Firms included in the list are recognized for their professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving this ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The “Best… Read more »