2017 Legislative Update: New Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate Clients

By: Chris Mackenzie.

On July 1, 2017, new laws passed during the 2017 General Assembly session will go into effect in Virginia that may impact you as someone interested in commercial real estate. They run the gamut of issues touching on the real estate industry, including new eminent domain procedures and tax updates, as well as notable changes […]


“First Sale” Exhausts Patent Rights

By: Lee Byrd.

In a case of keen importance to sellers of refurbished products such as auto parts and medical devices, last month, in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., ___ U.S. ___ (2017), the Supreme Court of the United States held that the patent rights of Lexmark, a popular maker of printer ink cartridges, were exhausted […]


Supreme Court Ruling Bodes Well for Future of Redskins Trademarks

By: Chris Mackenzie.

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Matal v. Tam that the law prohibiting the registration of disparaging trademarks violates the First Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional. The Supreme Court’s opinion will likely have a significant impact in the ongoing legal battle between the Washington Redskins and those […]


“First Day” hearings for Gymboree Chapter 11 filing

By: Sands Anderson.

Sands Anderson’s bankruptcy lawyers attended today’s “First Day” hearings in the chapter 11 bankruptcy case of The Gymboree Corporation and its affiliates. Gymboree operates approximately 1,300 children’s apparel and retail stores in the U.S. and abroad under three brands: Gymboree, Janie & Jack, and Crazy 8. This bankruptcy represents the latest significant filing caused by […]


Highlights from the 2016 VCU Real Estate Trends Conference in Richmond, Virginia

By: Chris Mackenzie.

Sands Anderson’s Commercial Real Estate Law practice group was again pleased to sponsor the annual VCU Real Estate Trends Conference in Richmond, Virginia.  The conference is one of the leading forums on commercial real estate in the region and provides useful insights and information on what the future may hold for the real estate industry.  […]


New 2016 Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate in Virginia

By: Chris Mackenzie.

Another session of Virginia’s General Assembly has now come and gone, adding one more chapter to the nearly four hundred year history of the country’s oldest law-making body.  Over three thousand bills were proposed in the 2016 Session, and from this bevy of legislation there were 1,803 bills passed.[1]  Most of these new laws went […]


Financial Preventive Care – 6 Steps to Maximize Asset Protection

By: Tom Ebel.

Like people who are in good health and believe they do not need to see a doctor or engage in preventive medicine, many who are healthy financially, often are not too concerned about protecting their assets from the claims of creditors. However, potential exposure from unanticipated liabilities lurks around many corners. In a litigious society, […]


2016 Legislative Changes to Virginia Family Law

By: Robert W. Partin.

The 2016 Virginia General Assembly enacted several changes to statutes relating to family law in the Commonwealth. Those changes are effective July 1, 2016 and include the following: Equitable Distribution. House Bill 404 modified Virginia’s equitable distribution statute, Virginia Code § 20-107.3, to provide that if one spouse has in their possession and control separate […]


Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: the Constitution Requires Proof of Concrete Injury

By: Cullen Seltzer.

The Supreme Court of the United States, in a 6-2 ruling, has fleshed out the Constitutional requirement for proving injury in a Fair Credit Reporting Act case. In Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the Court held, in a boost to defendants in FCRA cases, that injuries must be both “particularized” to a plaintiff and “concrete.” Although […]


Sands Anderson Report on First Day Hearing in Bankruptcy Filings of Penn Virginia

By: Eric C. Howlett.

Lawyers from the bankruptcy team of Sands Anderson attended yesterday’s “First Day” hearings in the chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Penn Virginia Corporation and its affiliates. Penn Virginia is an oil and natural gas exploration company that is headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania and primarily operates in Texas and Oklahoma. The hearings were held before the […]