Year: 2018

Who Benefits From Your Design Or Consulting Services Contract?

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12/21/2018Vandeventer Black

In initially answering the question of who benefits from your design or consulting services contract, you might conclude that your contract benefits several parties. For example, a contractor “benefits” from the quality designs of the architect’s design consultant in performing its work even though it was not a party to the contract between the architect… Read more »

THE NEW TAX ACT AND MY ESTATE PLANS: NOW WHAT?

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12/18/2018Herman, Patrick W.

Great news: the new “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” (“TCJA”), doubles the estate tax exemption amount from $5.49 million per individual (the 2017 exemption amount) to $11,180,000 million. (For convenience, this article will use the $5.6 million projected exemption amount for 2018 before TCJA and $11.2 million).  The new higher number will be adjusted for inflation…. Read more »

Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia

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12/13/2018Poston, Anita O.

Several attorneys from the Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black, have been awarded as Coastal Virginia’s Top Lawyers for 2019 by Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVa Biz Magazine. “We are proud of our attorneys for receiving this distinction as it is a solely peer-rated nomination given to those lawyers who exemplify excellence in… Read more »

Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Legal Elite

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12/11/2018Franczek, William E.

Virginia Business Magazine recently released its Virginia Business ‘Legal Elite’ winner’s list for 2018, which includes  Vandeventer Black attorneys. Every year, the magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association to grant this award to attorneys nominated by their peers for this recognition. The attorneys selected are:   Alternative Dispute Resolution: William E. Franczek Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights:… Read more »

Final Crane Operator Certification Requirements

12/10/2018Sterling, Michael L.

On November 9, 2018 OSHA issued a final rule revising the Crane Operator Certification Requirements. The final rule is effective on December 10, 2018, except for certain evaluation and documentation requirements that are effective February 7, 2019. Under the final rule, employers are required to train operators as needed to perform assigned crane activities, evaluate… Read more »

Top 7 Sources Of Uncertainty In Building Design And Construction

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12/07/2018Nicholos, George M.

Recently the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Dodge Data & Analytics and other allied construction industry parties conducted research to identify the top sources of uncertainty in design and construction along with best practices for managing associated risk. And the top (7) are: Owner-driven changes: Instances where the owner’s requirements were not clearly initially… Read more »

Before Entering Into A Contract With An Arbitration Provision, Consider What Time Period The Parties Will Have To Bring Claims

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11/23/2018Ratliff, Vania

Statutes of limitations are statutory deadlines for filing legal actions. Limitation periods vary by the type of action. It is important to evaluate these limitation periods because if the deadline is missed, then the claim may be time-barred by the court. Arbitration provisions are increasingly common. Only a few jurisdictions, however, explicitly address whether statute… Read more »

Canada’s New Data Breach Reporting Requirements In Effect As Of November 1, 2018

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11/16/2018Gallo, Jonathan V.

Effective November 1, 2018, organizations engaged in commercial activities in certain Canadian provinces and territories  now have additional data breach reporting requirements pursuant to the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA1) and the Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations2. While Quebec3, British Columbia4 and Alberta5 previously adopted substantially similar data breach requirements, if personal… Read more »

Vania Ratliff Joins Vandeventer Black LLP

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11/16/2018Ratliff, Vania

Vandeventer Black has hired Vania Ratliff for its Norfolk office to practice in the firm’s litigation group. She received her J.D. from Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary, where she served as vice-president of the Black Law Student Association and as a member of the Bill of Rights Journal. “Vania has a… Read more »

Vandeventer Black LLP ranked in 2019 “Best Law Firms”

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11/14/2018Vandeventer Black

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, for the ninth consecutive year, announce the “Best Law Firms” rankings. Vandeventer Black LLP has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list and regionally in 26 practice areas. The 2019 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas. A “Law Firm of the… Read more »