Month: September 2019

You Can’t Win if You Don’t Play

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09/30/2019Paul, Dustin M.

In a terse opinion, Judge Jackson dismissed the claims of the plaintiff in Mortensen v. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, LLC, 4:19-cv-00038.  The defendant served discovery on May 15, 2019.  But the plaintiff apparently never communicated with her attorney despite attempts on May 23, May 31, June 1, June 4, June 5, and June 10.  Hearing… Read more »

U.S. Department of Labor Increases FLSA Salary Threshold

09/27/2019Vandeventer Black

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued the final rule on the salary threshold, making 1.3 million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay.  The final rule raises the standard salary level up from its current level of $455 per week to $684 per week ($35,568 per year for a full-year… Read more »

House Moves to Ban Employment Arbitration Agreements

09/27/2019Vandeventer Black

On September 20, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to ban mandatory arbitration of employment or consumer claims. The House voted 225 to 186 in favor of the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, which would make unenforceable any pre-dispute arbitration agreement that requires arbitration of an employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil… Read more »

DoD publishes final rule limiting the use of LPTA procurements effective October 1, 2019

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09/27/2019Vandeventer Black

Contractors have frequently been heard to complain about the government’s persistent use of “Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Procurements,” or “LPTA” as a race to the bottom in both price and quality.  While the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) has provided that price may play a dominant role in source selection where “the requirement is clearly definable… Read more »

Government Adds Australia as a World Trade Organization Country

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09/27/2019Sterling, Michael L.

If your contract includes Buy American Act (BAA) or Trade Agreement Act (TAA) requirements you need to know the approved list of source countries. On September 10, 2019, the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) published in the Federal Register a final rule, FAC 2019-06; FAR… Read more »

Vandeventer Black to Hold 32nd Annual Labor & Employment Law Review and Update

32nd Labor and Employment Seminar

09/24/2019Vandeventer Black

Vandeventer Black’s Labor and Employment Law Group is pleased to host its 32nd Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, located at 777 Waterside Drive in Downtown Norfolk. This program is designed for CEOs, managers, in-house counsel, and human resource professionals and will address trending… Read more »

Thomas Chappell Named Up & Coming Lawyer for 2019

09/23/2019Chappell, W. Thomas

Vandeventer Black LLP attorney W. Thomas Chappell was recently recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as one of the ‘Up & Coming Lawyers’ of 2019. According to the publication, this award is given to attorneys with less than 10 years in their practice who are establishing “a name for themselves, go above and beyond, and display… Read more »

Vandeventer Black Welcomes Tracy Taylor Hague to their Richmond Legal Team

complex medical malpractice and other personal injury cases

09/17/2019Tracy Taylor Hague,

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Tracy Taylor Hague to the firm’s Richmond office as Of Counsel. “We are delighted to welcome Tracy to our firm. She has outstanding representative matters that demonstrate a substantial depth of knowledge and experience in her field,” Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner. Hague, an AV®… Read more »

Cannabis Confusion: The Proliferation Of Cbd Products Can Be Misleading.

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09/17/2019Bibeau Anne G.

A stroll through the corner drug store or mall would lead many to believe that cannabidiol (CBD) products are perfectly legal and a miraculous panacea. But just because it’s sold everywhere does not mean it’s legal to do so. There are a number of legal concerns that businesses should investigate before producing, marketing, or selling… Read more »

Vandeventer Black Richmond Office Welcomes Saffelle to the Team

Attorney_Robert N. Saffelle

09/16/2019Safelle, Robert N.

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Robert N. Saffelle to the firm’s Richmond office as Of Counsel. “We are excited to have Rob join our legal team. He is a highly accomplished attorney with extensive experience in the ERISA & Employee Benefits, Labor & Employment, and Tax fields,” Michael L. Sterling,… Read more »