General Litigation

Federal Aviation Administration Finalizes Rules For Commercial Use Of Drones

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08/20/2016Rixey, James B.

[DISPLAY_ULTIMATE_PLUS] LAW TIPS Authored by Attorney Jay Rixey, jrixey@vanblacklaw.com, 757-446-8600 The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently finalized the first operational rules, to be effective on August 29, 2016, governing the routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones. The new regulations – codified at Part 107 of the Federal Aviation… Read more »

Virginia Supreme Court Confirms Employee Firings on the Spot

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07/20/2016Lowenstein, Neil S.

Law Tips Authored by Neil S. Lowenstein In a recent opinion involving a fired realtor, the Virginia Supreme Court confirmed that at-will employees can be fired on the spot, without any prior notice to the employee. The decision was unanimous, and noted that while the firing notice “must be reasonable,” advance notice was not required… Read more »

Criminal Liability for False Representation in Obtaining Building Permit

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07/20/2016Vandeventer Black

Law Tips Authored by John R. Lockard According to a recent court decision from the Court of Appeals of Virginia, Anthony Cummings signed a contract with a homeowner in Chesapeake, Virginia to build an in-ground swimming pool.  The homeowners gave Mr. Cummings a $12,000 down payment on the contract.  The contract identified the contractor as… Read more »

Can’t You Get Rid of that Lawsuit? It’s Just Sitting There.

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06/09/2016Nicholas, Edward E.

LAW TIPS Authored by Attorney Ned Nicholas A plaintiff files but does not serve a complaint.  Filing the complaint stops the clock on the statute of limitations, but until the plaintiff causes the complaint to be formally “served” on the defendant, there is no obligation to file an answer.  So the lawsuit does not move… Read more »

Drone Law

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06/06/2016Sterling, Michael L.

LAW TIPS Authored by Attorneys Michael Sterling (msterling@vanblacklaw.com) and Spencer Guld (sguld@vanblacklaw.com.) There is a strong trend toward the use of unmanned aerial aircrafts (drones) in commercial industries, such as the construction, agricultural, and insurance sectors.  In a Goldman Sachs drone use forecast released in March 2016, estimated global spending on drones over the next… Read more »

Virginia Becomes First State to Formally Regulate Fantasy Sports

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05/03/2016Rixey, James B.

Authored by Jay Rixey On March 7, 2016, Governor McAuliffe signed into law the Fantasy Contests Act (the “Act”), making Virginia the first state to formally regulate daily fantasy sports websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel. The Act distinguishes these daily fantasy sports websites from illegal gambling sites, and outlines how they may lawfully operate… Read more »

False Claims Act: The Fourth Circuit’s Triple Canopy Decision

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07/06/2015Caramore, Megan

Authored by attorney Megan Caramore The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§3729-3733, also known as the “Lincoln Law,” is a federal law that imposes liability on individuals and companies (often federal contractors) who defraud the government.  The Act prohibits contractors from presenting the government with a false or fraudulent claim for payment. The Fourth Circuit… Read more »

New OSHA Reporting Requirements Effective January 1, 2015

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12/22/2014Caramore, Megan

Authored by attorney Megan Caramore On September 11, 2014, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced a final rule with respect to new reporting requirements for fatalities and severe injuries.  Previously, the rule required only that employers report fatalities or hospitalizations of three or more workers.  The new rule, which takes… Read more »

Mechanic’s Liens: Part One. Technical Risks

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10/02/2014Vandeventer Black

Authored by attorney John Lockard Virginia law provides for a mechanic lien intended to insure payment to persons who supply labor or materials for construction projects. On first blush, the requirement is simple – to file the mechanic’s lien. But over the years judicial interpretations of the statutory provisions have made the requirements much more… Read more »