Commercial Litigation

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Commercial Litigation

Our commercial litigation team focuses on disputes specifically related to the course of doing everyday business, such as commercial transactions, real estate matters, tax, and estate issues.  Our multidisciplinary approach provides our clients with the benefit of our broad range of industry-specific legal knowledge.

We represent every facet of business.  We are regionally known in the areas of construction, public contractsmaritimereal estate, land use, condemnation, utilitiesenvironmentalmunicipal and utilities litigation, and dispute resolution.

Our general commercial practice includes fidelity and guaranty suretyship, contracts, securities, loan workouts, creditors’ rights, UCC, commercial torts, performance and payment construction bonds, truth in lending, and collection proceedings.  Vandeventer Black is highly reputed in tax and ERISA litigation, as well as sales, use, and local business tax issues.

With respect to real estate litigation, we are experienced in condemnation/land use, title disputes, development, riparian rights, lease disputes, and community association representation. Our labor and employment litigation team is experienced in civil rights defense, wrongful discharge suits, benefits litigation, wage and hour disputes, disability discrimination, workers’ compensation defense, and OSHA/VOSH litigation.

Our attorneys are licensed in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, District of Columbia, New York, and Maryland, with extensive experience in state and federal courts on the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S. Our federal court litigation experience includes multi-state litigation.  We are involved in appellate practice in the First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court. Our attorneys appear before all administrative forums, including the Boards of Contract Appeals, General Accounting Office, Office of Workers’ Compensation, Office of Administrative Law Judges, National Labor Relations Board, EEOC, Department of Labor, and other state and federal agencies.

We are focused on resolving cases early through motion practice, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.  Because of Vandeventer Black’s depth and experience, we regularly counsel clients on early settlements for meritorious cases as well as questionable claims that call for trial defense.  We understand the importance of preserving our clients’ image and work hand-in-hand with our clients to address the issues surrounding their unique situation and to achieve their goals.

Prospective Waiver of Lien Rights by Subcontractors & Suppliers
James B. Rixey
Authored by attorney Jay Rixey On April 15, 2015, the General Assembly enacted legislation amending Virginia Code § 43-3, providing that a subcontractor, lower-tier subcontractor, or material supplier may not waive or diminish his lien rights, right to assert bond payment claims, or the right to assert claims for additional ...
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Fourth Circuit Clarifies Federal False Claims Standards in January 2015 Majority Decision
Neil Lowenstein
Authored by attorney Neil Lowenstein Last month the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (which has Federal Court appellate jurisdiction for Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia) clarified a number of aspects of Federal False Claim actions. The case is ...
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Law Tips: Incorporation by Reference
Dustin M. Paul
Authored by attorney Dustin Paul One of the most dangerous things a business can do is agree to contract terms that it has never read. Hidden in contracts may be a variety of provisions that could become expensive to a project or deal. Contracts may contain a forum selection clause ...
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