McCandlish Holton Announces Observance of Juneteenth

McCandlish Holton has announced an early closure of the firm on Friday June 18 in order to allow firm employees to observe the Juneteenth holiday following the designation of Juneteenth as a federal holiday. President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law after the passage of a bill by both the US Senate and the House of Representatives making it the 12th federal holiday. Juneteenth has also been known as Jubilee Day, Black Independence Day, and Emancipation Day. 

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Civil Litigation Attorney Cam Beck Ranked in Chambers USA 2021

D. Cameron Beck, Jr. is recognized again by Chambers and Partners in their USA Guide 2021 for General Commercial Litigation in Virginia. The Chambers review states: 

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25 McCandlish Holton  Attorneys Named 2020 Virginia 'Legal Elite'

25 McCandlish Holton attorneys are recognized in the 2020 list of Virginia Business Legal Elite in 11 practice categories. Launched in cooperation with the Virginia Bar Association, the Legal Elite polls lawyers licensed to practice in Virginia each year, asking them to identify which of their peers are the top attorneys in a variety of legal specialties. Below, find the full list of McCandlish Holton attorneys on this year’s Legal Elite list: 

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION:

James M. Snyder

BANKRUPTCY/CREDITORS' RIGHTS:

C. Walker Terry

BusinesS law:

Samuel C. Haisley

Civil Litigation:

D. Cameron Beck, Jr.

Lawrence A. (Lex) Dunn

Michael H. Gladstone

J. Matthew Haynes, Jr.

Lauren E. Hutcheson [Read Lauren’s Profile]

Joseph M. Moore

Brennan C. Morrissett

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McCandlish Holton Trial Team Successfully Defends Commonwealth’s Uranium Mining Moratorium Against Constitutional Challenge

McCandlish Holton, PC Directors Cameron Beck, Michael Gladstone and Audra Dickens obtained a significant and noteworthy trial outcome on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the matter of Virginia Uranium Inc., et al, v. Commonwealth of Virginia, et al, heard recently in the Circuit Court of Wise County, Virginia. Following a four-day trial in July of 2020, the trial court upheld Virginia’s uranium mining moratorium. The outcome is significant because of its statewide implications for the human and environmental health of Virginians.    

Background of the Litigation

After unsuccessful efforts lobbying the legislature to reverse the General Assembly’s 1983 temporary uranium mining moratorium, Virginia Uranium Inc. and land owners of a uranium deposit in rural Pittsylvania County, Virginia, filed lawsuits in federal and state court in 2015 to remove the Commonwealth’s uranium mining moratorium. The Plaintiffs

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McCandlish Holton's Response to COVID-19

McCandlish Holton wishes to assure our clients and the community that we are working to maintain full operations during the current health crisis. We are carefully following the regional and national updates on the spread and impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to protect our employees, clients, and community.

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Negligence Per Se Claims on the Rise in Personal Injury - Know the Basics

By: Megan Watson

This year we’ve seen an influx of negligence per se claims. Usually, this is a somewhat uncommon claim in the personal injury context. Many adjusters have little or even no experience with it. If you need a quick primer on the doctrine of negligence per se in Virginia, the following covers the basics.  

Most actions for negligent personal injuries are common-law actions. The standard of care in these actions is typically that of “the ordinary prudent person.” To establish that the defendant did or did not meet the standard of care, the plaintiff must introduce evidence to show what the “ordinary prudent person” would or would not have done under the circumstances.

However, where there is no legislative enactment specifically and expressly granting a right of civil action, if it can be shown that the defendant’s behavior violated an existing criminal

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Defense Attorney Coaches Manchester High School Debate Team

Jonathan Gonzalez (top left) was once in their shoes. Since his career on his high school's debate team, Jonathan has continued his involvement and support for high school debaters through college, law school, and now during his legal career in civil litigation. Yesterday, Jonathan shared his knowledge and support by coaching the Manchester High School Debate Team in Chesterfield County. Later this month, Jonathan will travel to Philadelphia to coach 5 debate teams from Washington D.C. competing in a tournament.

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21 McCandlish Holton  Attorneys Named 2019 Virginia 'Legal Elite'

McCandlish Holton is pleased to announce that twenty-one of our attorneys are named  2019 'Legal Elite' by Virginia Business magazine. Each year Virginia Business asks attorneys throughout the Commonwealth to nominate their peers for distinction in 20 categories. The full list of 21 McCandlish Holton attorneys on this year’s Legal Elite list, recognized in 11 categories: 

ADMINISTRATIVE/GOVERNMENT:

Michael R. Ward

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION:

Michael H. Gladstone

Joseph M. Moore

Brennan C. Morrissett

BANKRUPTCY/CREDITORS' RIGHTS:

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Defense Verdict Obtained for Concrete Pumping Company and Driver

Trial attorney James Snyder and his team obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a concrete pumping company and its driver in a Virginia Circuit Court jury trial. The plaintiff, a passenger in a vehicle her husband was driving, filed a $1,000,000 lawsuit against the defendants, alleging the concrete pump truck operator failed to keep a proper lookout and, by doing so, caused a T-bone accident. The defendants, however, asserted the plaintiff’s host vehicle failed to yield to the oncoming concrete pump truck and pulled in front of the truck, leaving the driver with no time to avoid the accident, despite his best efforts.

The injuries to the plaintiff were significant and not contested at trial. The plaintiff

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General Data Protection Regulation in U.S. Litigation through Mid-Summer 2019

Originally published by International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Defense Counsel Journal Volume 86, No. 4

IN JANUARY 2012, the European Commission set out plans for data protection reform across the European Union. One of the key components of the reforms was the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).1

The GDPR is a comprehensive set of rules designed to give European Union citizens more control over their personal data. The GDPR applies, generally, to any organization operating within the European Union, as well as organizations outside of the European Union which offer goods or services to customers or businesses in the European Union among others. Almost every major corporation in the world is affected by this legislation. This legislation came into force across the European Union in May 2018.

There has been considerable uncertainty how GDPR will be addressed in litigation commenced in the United States. However, as a year has passed, motions relating to GDPR are beginning to be adjudicated, and trends are starting to occur. This article provides a detailed summary of courts’ treatment of GDPR-related arguments and summarizes the potential impact of GDPR on United States litigation.

I. Impact of GDPR currently

As of July 19, 2019, eleven federal cases reference “GDPR” or the “General Data Protection Regulation.” No state court cases appear. Of the cases returned, four are from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,2 and two are from California,3 one  from the Central District of California and the Northern District of California. The remaining five cases originate from District Courts in Washington, Maryland, Alabama, Utah, and Florida.4

These eleven cases generally involve discovery disputes, often in intellectual property matters. In these scenarios, the responding party has raised GDPR as a bar or impediment to

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