The Supreme Court of Virginia Addresses Commonwealth’s Use of the Defense of Sovereign Immunity When a Contract is at the Center of the Dispute Article

The Supreme Court of Virginia Addresses Commonwealth’s Use of the Defense of Sovereign Immunity When a Contract is at the Center of the Dispute


Article co-written by Andrew Gay, Jeff Southard, and Summer Associate Carter Leverette In early May, the Supreme Court of Virginia’s decision in Montalla, LLC v. Commonwealth, established some favorable legal precedent for contractors doing business with the Commonwealth of Virginia.[1] Specifically, the Court noted that the Doctrine of Sovereign Immunity cannot be used as a defense by the Commonwealth when a party brings a claim against it based upon a valid contract entered into by a duly authorized government agent.[2] Traditionally, the doctrine of sovereign immunity prevents parties from being able to sue federal or state governments when they are […]

You've Been in a Tractor-Trailer Collision Article

You’ve Been in a Tractor-Trailer Collision. Who is at Fault?


Tractor-trailer crashes differ from motor vehicle collisions because there are many companies and individuals involved in the transportation and logistics industry, meaning various people or entities may be at fault for causing a catastrophic or fatal truck accident. As Virginia truck accident attorneys, we have noticed that that there are a wide variety of potential defendants in truck crash cases, including, but not limited to: (1) truck drivers, (2) motor carriers, (3) intermodal equipment providers, (4) shippers, (5) brokers, and (6) manufacturers. Generally, federal and Virginia law only require motor carriers to carry $750,000 in liability insurance, except greater limits […]

What to do After a Tractor Trailer Crash Article

What to Do After a Tractor-Trailer Crash


Clients frequently tell us that everything seemed to move in slow motion during a catastrophic crash with a tractor-trailer. The moments leading up to the crash may be blurry, but the crash itself becomes etched in the victim’s brain and often requires the extensive passage of time to fade into the background. Tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and are behemoths compared to the average family-owned vehicle. The damage they can cause to a vehicle made of heavy metals is almost incomprehensible. It is therefore no surprise that accidents involving a tractor-trailer frequently result in devastating polytraumatic injuries to […]

Client Alert: Cyber Fraud

Client Alert: DOJ Announces $2.7 Million Settlement with Insight Global in Latest Cyber-Fraud Enforcement


In the latest settlement announced by DOJ under its Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative, Insight Global LLC (Insight), an international staffing and services company, will pay $2.7 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by failing to implement adequate cybersecurity measures to protect personal health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) under its contracts with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH). The United States alleged that during the COVID-19 pandemic, PADOH hired Insight Global to provide staffing for COVID-19 contact tracing and paid Insight Global using funds from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

Lawyers Team Up for Best Results Article

Lawyers Team Up for Best Result


Gentry Locke has a long history of associating with other attorneys. Don’t be surprised if/when you call the attorney that represented you in traffic court, drafted your will, or represents your business suggests that he associate Gentry Locke. Over the years, our firm has worked with other law firms who don’t typically handle personal injury cases. Gentry Locke has always associated with other lawyers and law firms in Virginia to give the highest level of service. We often partner with other lawyers in cases involving brain injuries, car accidents, catastrophic injuries, distracted driving accidents, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, nursing home […]

Product Liability Article

You’ve Been Injured by a Defective Product – Now What?


Introduction If you have been injured or a family member killed by a defective product, you may have what is known as a “products liability” case and you should contact a Virginia personal injury attorney/Virginia wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. You must file a products liability lawsuit within the statute of limitations which is usually two years of the date of the incident. Types of Product Liability Cases Products liability cases apply to a wide range of items in the marketplace. These include household items, industrial equipment (typically a work-related injury), motor vehicles, all terrain vehicles, drugs and […]

Client Alert DOJ Whistleblower Program

Client Alert: DOJ Whistleblower Pilot Program


The Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division recently unveiled its Whistleblower Pilot Program, signaling a pivotal shift in the landscape of corporate enforcement and accountability. The program is slated to take effect “later this year.” Here’s why you should take notice: 1. A New Era of Incentives The DOJ recognizes that people and corporations respond to incentives. The carrot-and-stick approach, previously seen in the DOJ’s Voluntary Self-Disclosure Program for corporations, now extends to individual whistleblowers. In this spirit, the Whistleblower Pilot Program aims to reward individuals who come forward with significant corporate or financial misconduct that the government is not yet aware of. 2. Financial […]

FTC seeks to impose ban

FTC Seeks to Impose Ban On Noncompete Restrictions on Employees


On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a Final Rule which provides that it is an “unfair method of competition” for employers to enter into non-compete clauses with their workers after August 21, 2024—or 120 days after the Final Rule is published in the Federal Register.  The Final Rule is available here.  The Final Rule was issued after the FTC received more than 26,000 public comments in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued in January 2023. While the ban is scheduled to take effect 120 days after the Final Rule is published in the Federal […]

Planning for Success: Jury Instructions in Civil Cases Article

Planning for Success: Jury Instructions in Civil Cases


Republished with permission of the Virginia State Bar. Relatively few civil cases are tried to verdict these days, so jury instructions may almost be an afterthought in the minds of many litigators. Of the cases that are tried, many are repetitive type cases in which an experienced litigator likely knows the instructions by heart, and can recite them – so jury instruction issues are almost incidental. But for cases that veer from that track, and for newer lawyers, jury instructions should be a very significant factor throughout the entire case from start to finish. Knowing your ultimate desired instructions is […]

What to Do During and After an Auto Accident in Virginia Article

What to Do During and After an Auto Accident in Virginia


Staying calm and keeping your wits about you during and after an auto accident in Virginia is no easy task. Accidents happen fast, and the events that unfold afterwards can happen just as fast. The situation can also be complicated by any number of additional factors: injuries, anxiety, and answering questions from numerous individuals. There is no one-size-fits-all response that is appropriate in every auto accident. This is why it is vital to consult an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney as soon as possible, so you can get specific and tailored advice that takes into account the specific details of […]