Year: 2019

Non-EDVA Case of the Month (July)

07/16/2019Paul, Dustin M.

On June 25, 2019, the Second Circuit heard oral arguments that might cause flashbacks to the first year of law school for most lawyers.  In 1958, H.L.A. Hart posed a hypothetical in a Harvard Law Review article that has been repeated countless time in law school classrooms.  If a legal rule forbids you to take… Read more »

EDVA CASE TO WATCH: Morrison v. Norfolk Southern

07/11/2019Vandeventer Black

(2:19-cv-00296-RAJ-DEM) On June 3, 2019, William Morrison sued Norfolk Southern Railway Corporation in the Norfolk Division asserting claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act alleging that a job offer was withdrawn because of his weight.  The plaintiff alleges this action violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Within the Complaint, the plaintiff attributes his high body… Read more »

Dustin T. Narcisse Honored with the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers’ Conference Significant Service Award

07/08/2019Dustin Narcisse

Vandeventer Black’s attorney Dustin T. Narcisse received a Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers’ Conference (YLC) Service Award.  This award is granted to attorneys that have gone above and beyond ordinary performance by devoting their time in offering guidance to high school students who are interested in pursuing a degree in law. Narcisse served as a… Read more »

Judge Rebecca Beach Smith Will Take Senior Status

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07/05/2019Paul, Dustin M.

Former Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Virginia, the Honorable Rebecca Beach Smith, will take senior status effective August 1, 2019.  The U.S. Courts website now lists her seat as a “future vacancy” and lists her senior status as the reason for the vacancy.  Appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989, she was… Read more »

In the Words of Office Space, “What Would You Say You Do Here?”

07/02/2019Paul, Dustin M.

The internet does not lack for content, and you might think it takes a certain conceit to believe you have something original or interesting to add to the overwhelming volume.  Of course, a quick review of the average Instagram or Tumbler account would quickly inform you that the bar for new content is set extremely… Read more »

2019 Legislative Changes Affecting Community Associations

06/27/2019Casey, Deborah M.

By:  Deborah M. Casey, CCAL® and Gaela Normile[1] Happy Summer!  It is hard to believe that 2019 is half over.  July 1 means new laws become effective in Virginia. During the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly, CAI’s Virginia Legislative Action Committee (VALAC) monitored over 75 bills that directly or indirectly impacted community associations…. Read more »

We’ve Been Sued! We Need to Sue! What to Expect When Your Association Goes to General District Court

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06/27/2019Chappell, W. Thomas

Community associations are not immune from being sued or having to file suit.  Community associations frequently are in court for issues such as the collection of unpaid assessments from residents, disputes with contractors, and covenant and rule enforcement. Many of these disputes are handled in the general district court of the relevant locality.  In Virginia,… Read more »