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How Will Michigan Courts Analyze a Legal Challenge to the Michigan Legislature’s Retroactive Repeal of the Multistate Tax Compact?

In recent days, the state tax world has focused on the State of Michigan’s retroactive repeal of the Multistate Tax Compact (Compact). Last week, the Michigan Legislature passed and Governor Snyder signed into law a bill...more

New U.S. Restrictions on Russia: OFAC Guidance and Industry-Specific Sanctions

OFAC Expands the 50 Percent Rule - Last month, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new guidance related to entities owned or controlled by persons designated as a Specially...more

Drone Bill Passes Legislature, Heads to Governor

Unmanned aircraft systems - or drones, as they are commonly referred to - have become a hot topic from celebrities to farmers. Recently, AB-1327, a bill, focused on prohibiting certain actions relating to unmanned aircraft...more

Sanctions on Russia Expanded Despite Tenuous Truce

On Friday , September 12th, while a tenuous truce between Ukraine and rebel forces showed signs of cracking and government officials continued to trade verbal jabs, the United States amped up pressure on Russia by expanding...more

China Update - September 2014

In This Issue: - U.S-China Relations - Chinese Embassy News - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: Ambassador Baucus Remarks on Corruption: On August 15,...more

Strategies for Success at the 2015 Legislative Session — How Your Business can get Its Voice Heard

The 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature will convene on February 2, 2015, for 120 days. As a true biennial state, the Nevada Legislature convenes every other year. In 1998 the voters approved a constitutional amendment...more

Congressman Proposes Federal Non Disparagement Law

Last Friday, I wrote about a new California law that provides that a contract or proposed contract for the sale or lease of consumer goods or services may not include a provision waiving the consumer’s right to make any...more

Recent State Supreme Court Decision Prompts Repeal of Michigan Multistate Tax Compact (MTC)

Public Act 282 of 2014, signed into law by Governor Snyder on September 11, 2014, repeals the Multistate Tax Compact's three-factor apportionment election for multistate businesses, effective as of January 1, 2008. The Act is...more

A (Somewhat) Brief History of Local Sales Taxes

Though usually a sure-fire cure for insomnia for anyone other than a policy wonk or local government finance officer, local sales taxes have been a hot topic of debate recently in three high-profile news stories. ...more

Net Neutrality, Citizens United, and Diminishing Democracy?

When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed earlier this year that broadband internet companies could legally charge content providers for access to internet “fast lanes,” it was considered by some as a...more

House Judiciary Committee Acts to Harmonize Antitrust Review Standards and Processes

On September 10, the House Judiciary Committee passed, by voice vote, legislation to eliminate certain disparities to antitrust review by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Standard...more

U.S. Imposes Further Economic Sanctions Against Russia

On September 12, the United States implemented another round of economic sanctions against Russia in response to the continued crisis in eastern Ukraine. On September 11, U.S. President Barack Obama declared the U.S....more

Credit Unions Continue to Demand New Data Security Standards for Retailers and Right to Recover Losses After a Breach

On September 3, 2014, following the news of a possible breach at Home Depot (which was confirmed on September 8), the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) called on Congress to enact new legislation to hold...more

Beer Bills: New Laws & Legislation on Tap

There are a number of bills and new laws that craft brewers should have on the radar – legislation that could affect operations and distribution. In California, two of these bills became law, while one is still pending...more

The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons for Effective Compliance and Enforcement

Can one man make a difference? Stanley Sporkin is proof that the answer is “yes.” In the early 1970s he sat fixated by the Watergate Congressional hearings. As the testimony droned on about the burglary and cover-up, the...more

Patent Troll Watch - States Are Pushing Patent Trolls Away from the Legal Line

Oregon introduces bill to make improper patent license demands a violation of its unlawful trade practices law - In February 2014, Senate Bill 1540 was filed, which would make patent trolling a violation of the...more

Only in New York, New York

Conventional wisdom holds that campaign finance reform is elusive. At both the federal level and in many states, the pace of enactment tends to be measured in decades....more

Corporate Tax Inversions: Will Either Congress Or The Administration Act In 2014?

There may be significant legislative and regulatory activity over the next few months as the US Congress and the Obama Administration continue to grapple with corporate tax inversions. While it remains unlikely that...more

Amendments to California’s security breach notification bill head to governor: key action points for businesses

In what has become almost an annual ritual, California is poised to tweak its security breach notice law. Last year, in language DLA Piper lawyers helped to draft on behalf of the State Privacy & Security Coalition, the...more

OFAC Makes Important Update to Ownership/Control Guidance

On August 13, 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued new guidance on ownership/control for determining blocked parties. This represented the first significant update on this topic since February 14, 2008,...more

Don’t Stop Corporate Inversions

If you want to see specific stocks take a hit then stop corporate inversions. Corporate inversions are the relocation of a U.S. company’s corporate domicile, (its formal headquarters) to a lower tax jurisdiction. Inversions...more

New North Carolina Law Provides Tool to Battle Patent Trolls

The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed a bill aimed at the abusive assertion of patents. It was part of the Commerce Protection Act of 2014 (S 648, S.L. 2014-110, section 2.1) and was signed into law by Governor...more

Tax Policy Issues Prepare for a Rumble on the Gridiron

The clock is running out on the 113th Congress. While the calendar says we are not quite at the two-minute warning, with a truncated September congressional schedule and the campaign season taking up much of the fall, the...more

Trade Secrets – Protecting the (Corporate) Family Jewels

Disputes regarding trade secrets and corporate espionage are becoming perpetual fixtures in the news. One of the most common scenarios is that a key employee departs to join a competitor and his or her former employer quickly...more

BIS Publishes Rule on Export Prohibitions to Russia

On August 6, 2014, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the Department of the Treasury published a rule on export prohibitions to Russia on items for use in its energy sector. The rule also added one person, United...more

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