Year: 2019

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 »

New Virginia Law Regarding Personnel Records

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06/17/2019Bibeau, Anne G.

The Virginia General Assembly passed a new law regarding employers’ personnel records. Effective July 1, 2019, Virginia employers must provide a current or former employee (or his/her attorney), upon request, documents reflecting: Dates of employment with the employer; Wages or salary history during the employment; Job description and job title during the employment; or Any… Read more »

To Indemnify, Hold Harmless and Defend; Frequently Used and Frequently Misunderstood Contract Terms – Let’s Review

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06/04/2019Nicholos, George M.

Contract terms addressing indemnity and requirements to hold another harmless or responsible for the defense of another are contract terms that appear in virtually all construction contracts.  Despite their almost universal incorporation, they are frequently misunderstood! Everyday business decisions are made, and contracts incorporating these terms are signed, yet these terms are often misunderstood, not… Read more »

Vandeventer Black LLP Listed as the Largest Maritime Law Firm in Virginia

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05/23/2019Vandeventer Black

  The dynamic business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black LLP, was recently listed in the top position of the Virginia maritime law firm’s list for 2019 by Virginia Business Magazine. With an seasoned team of maritime attorneys, including 15 members of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the firm’s expertise extends to… Read more »

Tools of Mutual Benefit: The Scope and Purpose of Lease Guaranties

05/17/2019Crouch, Richard J.

A guaranty is an agreement under which an individual (or entity) agrees to satisfy the underlying obligations of a primary obligor if such obligor defaults on the underlying obligation. With respect to a lease guaranty, the guarantor is often the principal or owner playing a key role in the tenant entity or a parent/affiliate of… Read more »

Richmond Attorney’s Selected for Inclusion on the 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers List

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04/29/2019Palais, Douglas M.

Vandeventer Black attorney was selected to be included on the 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers list by Thompson Reuters. This renowned rating service considers attorneys from over 70 different practice areas that are nominated based on professional accomplishments and peer recognition. Douglas M. Palais, Securities Litigation Other awarding bodies have recognized Vandeventer Black’s legal team, such… Read more »