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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

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update: August 2014

This is a brief update on recent Pennsylvania tax developments. FY15 Budget Enacted—Includes Little Tax Reform Earlier this summer, Governor Corbett signed into law the fiscal year July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015...more

Germany's Draft Bill on IT Security

On August 19, 2014, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior ("GMI") proposed a new bill to increase the security of IT systems (the "Draft Bill"). As contemplated in the White & Case Technology Newsflash of December...more

There’s One For You, Nineteen For Me – Ideas For The Better Investment Of State & Local Taxes In Indiana

The business personal property tax, which raises about a billion dollars annually for local government, should be eliminated to spur job creating investments in our communities and it should be replaced by the existing...more

Russia Sanctions: Impact on Financial Institutions in the US, EU and Japan

New sanctions targeting Russia have been implemented in the US, EU and Japan. Although the consequences of breaching the sanctions are severe, navigating the rules is not straightforward. Transactions and business lines will...more

MSRB Proposal Extends Rule G-37 “Pay-to-Play” Prohibitions to Municipal Advisors

In its August 18 Regulatory Notice No. 2014-15, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) proposed amendments to Rule G-37 that would extend the long-standing “pay-to-play” prohibition’s reach to newly-registered...more

EU Sanctions Against Russia: Possible Effects on Aircraft Sector

Against the background of recent European Union (EU) sanctions targeting Russian airline Dobrolet, this note provides a general overview of relevant issues – especially in the context of the aircraft sector. I....more

Permanent Injunction of Pennsylvania’s Prohibition against Establishment of Political Committees to Receive Contributions of...

On August 13, 2014, an order was issued by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in the matter of General Majority PAC v. Carol Aichele permanently enjoining implementation and enforcement of...more

Tit-for-Tat: Russia's Ban on Food Imports May Mean Leaner Times for Some U.S. and EU Exporters

Following a steady stream of sanctions by the U.S. and EU, Russia finally retaliated by imposing a ban on food imports. The one-year ban instituted on August 7, 2014, prohibits the importation into Russia of meat, fish,...more

OFAC Revises the “50% Rule” with Regards to Aggregate Ownership

On August 13, 2014, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued revised guidance relating to the status of entities owned by individuals or entities whose property and...more

MSRB Seeks to Extend Pay-to-Play Rule to Municipal Advisors

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, or MSRB, is requesting comment on draft amendments to Rule G-37, the MSRB’s pay-to-play rule for municipal securities dealers, that would extend the rule to municipal advisors....more

Republican State Parties Challenge SEC’s Pay-to-Play Rule

On August 7, 2014, the New York Republican State Committee and Tennessee Republican Party (the “Plaintiffs”) filed a civil suit against the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) seeking to overturn Rule 206(4)-5...more

Massachusetts Legislature Fails to Pass Bill to Ban Noncompetes and Adopt the UTSA

Employers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts can breathe a sigh of relief now that the Massachusetts legislature has rejected a bill to ban noncompetition agreements. The effort to outlaw noncompetes in the Commonwealth has...more

District Judge Permanently Enjoins PA Law that Prohibited Corporate Contributions to IE Committees

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Caldwell permanently enjoined enforcement of Pennsylvania’s prohibition on campaign expenditures by banks, corporations or unincorporated associations (such as labor unions) as...more

"US Imposes New Licensing Requirements on Exports to Russia of Oil and Gas Equipment and ‘Dual-Use’ Items"

On August 6, 2014, in response to continuing developments in Ukraine, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a new final rule that significantly expands restrictions on U.S. exports to...more

SANCTIONS UPDATE - New Treasury Guidance on Aggregation of Ownership Interests

On August 13, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published revised guidance on the treatment of entities owned by persons whose property and interests in property are blocked under the Executive Orders and regulations...more

OFAC Issues Revised Guidance on Aggregation of Ownership Interests

On August 13, 2014, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued revised guidance with respect to the “50% Rule,” which established that an entity owned 50% or more, directly or indirectly, by a...more

Important Bill For Local Tax and Economic Development Changes is Mired in the Muck

The clock ran out on HB 1224 and we've had our fingers crossed for two weeks hoping that having the House and Senate both in session tomorrow might yield some legislative love and perhaps another look at HB 1224 -- which is...more

The US sanctions against Russia – in an evolving context, key points for business

Starting in March of this year, the United States imposed economic sanctions in response to Russian-led actions in Ukraine. Since March, responding to the deteriorating situation, US sanctions have continued to escalate. ...more

Patent Troll Legislation: Oregon State Courts Curb Abuse of Patent Laws by NPEs

Patent trolls, or more politely, Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs), are firms that collect “license” fees on patent rights by threatening lawsuits. Rarely do NPEs make any products, provide any services or operate any systems...more

"Massachusetts Revises Campaign Finance Law"

On August 1, 2014, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed House Bill No. 4366 amending the state's campaign finance laws. The amendments, among other things, increase the contribution limit for individual contributors to...more

Department of Commerce and OFAC Continue Imposing Hefty Sanctions on Russia, While Russia Retaliates with Own Sanctions

On August 6, the U.S. Department of Commerce (the “Commerce Department”) issued new regulations, implementing additional sanctions against Russia and introducing new restrictions on exports for its energy sector. These new...more

"State Parties File Legal Challenge Against SEC Rule 206(4)-5"

On August 7, 2014, the New York and Tennessee state Republican parties brought suit against the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), challenging Rule 206(4)-5 (the rule). Specifically, the complaint seeks an...more

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