Month: June 2018

Vandeventer Black Wins Large Firm (Per Capita) Category in 2018 Virginia Legal Food Frenzy

Vandeventer Black Attorney W. Thomas Chappell-left_ receiving the Legal Food Frenzy Award

06/29/2018Chappell, W. Thomas

Vandeventer Black LLP was the top finisher in Virginia in the Large Firm (per capita) category during the 12thannual Legal Food Frenzy. The Firm raised over $15,000 for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia as well as contributed volunteer hours and non-perishable food.  This is Vandeventer Black’s second consecutive year winning the award. “Vandeventer Black’s continued… Read more »

Michael Pierce Appointed To The Virginia State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board


06/28/2018Pierce, Michael D.

Vandeventer Black attorney, Michael D. Pierce, was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve on the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) board. Pierce is an associate at the firm, and his practice includes matters involving labor and employment law, workers’ compensation insurance defense, maritime law, and general litigation. “I… Read more »

Another Blow To Construction Indemnity Agreements In Virginia

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06/25/2018Vandeventer Black

In Travelers Indemnity Company of Connecticut v. Lessard Design, Inc. (decided June 12, 2018), the Eastern District of Virginia invalidated an indemnity clause in a contract between an architect and a contractor on the basis it violated Va. Code § 11-4.1, which prohibits certain types of indemnity agreements in construction contracts. Lessard Design, Inc. (Lessard) contracted with… Read more »

US Supreme Court Overturns Quill

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06/24/2018Rixey, III, James B.

In South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., No. 17-494, 2018 WL 3058015 (June 21, 2018), the United States Supreme Court upheld a law allowing the State of South Dakota to collect sales and use tax from out-of-state sellers, even if those sellers do not maintain a physical presence in South Dakota.  In its decision, the Supreme Court… Read more »

Trade Secrets And Proprietary Information – Recent Changes To Virginia Law

Harvey Named President of Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

06/24/2018Sterling, Michael L.

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides access to various public records, subject to certain exemptions included directly in FOIA or in other statutes, such as the Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA). A recent bill amended VPPA §2.2-4342, to prohibit bidders, offerors, or contractors from designating as trade secrets or proprietary information: (1) entire… Read more »

“I Won The Judgment, Now What?”

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06/18/2018Crouch, Richard J.

When you win a judgment, the court may award you money damages, but obtaining the judgment is often less than half the battle.  If the party against whom the judgment is entered (sometimes called the “judgment debtor” or just “debtor”) either refuses to comply with the court order or simply cannot afford to pay the… Read more »

A Few Do’s and Don’ts of Purchasing Small Business Insurance


06/15/2018Palais, Douglas M.

Insurance is essential for all businesses, large and small.  Indeed, some types of insurance are required by law, such as workers’ compensation insurance for businesses who have more than two workers.  This article will address selected do’s and don’ts for small businesses purchasing property/casualty insurance.  Please note that it is not a comprehensive list and… Read more »

U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Employment Agreements Requiring Arbitration On An Individual Rather Than Class Or Collective Basis.

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06/11/2018Bibeau, Anne G.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis on May 21, 2018, holding that employers and employees can agree in arbitration agreements that claims must be brought on an individual, rather than class or collective, basis. This decision reaffirms the federal policy favoring arbitration and a long line of cases requiring courts… Read more »

Jennifer L. Eaton Awarded NPBA Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award

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06/05/2018Eaton, Jennifer L.

Vandeventer Black attorney Jennifer L. Eaton was recently awarded the prestigious Walter E. Hoffman Community Services Award by the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association. This award is presented annually for outstanding service to the community by a NPBA member under 40 and recognizes hands-on service versus financial contributions.  “Jenny’s outstanding service to many non-profit organizations… Read more »