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Cuba Today

One week ago, I visited Cuba with a delegation from the American Bar Association’s International Law Section. During our visit, we met with government officials, attorneys, law professors, foreign businessmen, journalists...more

114th Congress Review

With the 114th Congress now officially underway with the Republican Party in control of the House of Representatives and the Senate, ML Strategies will continue our tradition of offering an annual Legislative and Regulatory...more

Energy Tax Alert: Congress Extends Biofuel Incentives

Congress this week passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which extends a number of expired or expiring tax provisions through the end of 2014. The President is expected to sign the Act soon. The Act extends a number...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Advocates of GMO labeling vow to continue fight even after electoral...more

The Lame Duck Has Arrived: What To Expect

In the great tradition of American democracy dating back to the election of the First Congress in 1778, voters cast their ballots last week, giving the Republican Party control of the upcoming 114th Congress. In a...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

GMO labeling measure defeated in Colorado; results in Oregon too close to call. Colorado’s Proposition 105, which would have required manufacturers to place labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients, was...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

Bill aims to impose federal excise tax on sugary drinks. On July 29, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill that would tax soda and other sugary drinks. The bill, which would levy an excise tax of one...more

U.S. House Passes Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

On July 15, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), by a voice vote. PITFA would permanently extend the moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet...more

Nancy Hamilton's Notes: 18½ Minutes vs. 2 Years: Then and Now

During the Watergate scandal of 1973 and 1974, which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, the Nixon White House tapes were the focal point of a media firestorm and the nation's rapt attention,...more

Minnesota Legislature Convenes

The Minnesota Legislature convened at noon on Tuesday, February 25. It hit the ground running with a minimum wage increase and tax cuts at the forefront. It has already passed a $20 million heating assistance bill. The House...more

2014 Washington Outlook

In this issue: - Overview - Tax Reform Outlook - Immigration Outlook - Health Care Outlook - Telecommunications Outlook - Energy Outlook - Financial Services Outlook -...more

In the tax reform crosshairs: the advertising deduction

The tax deduction for advertising expenses has clearly become a target for Congressional tax reformers. Under current law, advertising costs are fully deductible as an ordinary business expense. Both the House and Senate Tax...more

The Wheeler Federal Communications Commission--What Can We expect? 2014 Outlook on Congress and the FCC (Presentation)

In This Presentation: FCC Issues - • When will we have a 5 person Commission? • Issues ..E Rate and help for broadband adoption ..Demise of Title II regulation and the rise of net...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-26-13

Major Tax Reform Proposal Starts to Take Shape - This week, the Maine media reported that Senator Woodbury is leading a bipartisan effort to draft a major tax reform proposal. This proposal will likely propose changes...more

Volunteer Web Designer’s Creation of Website for Political Committee Was Not a Reportable Contribution

In Sorock v. Illinois State Board of Elections, in a case of first impression, the Appellate Court held that a self-employed web designer’s creation of a website for a political committee supporting a tax rate increase for a...more

Watchdog Group files Complaint on Tax-related Comment by Bishop

The watchdog group Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed an official complaint against Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky of the Peoria, Illinois diocese over remarks he made about how social services for...more

"Payroll Tax Extension Law Grants FCC New Spectrum Auction Authority"

Last Friday, February 17, 2012, the House and Senate finalized and passed H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (the Act), which President Obama signed this week without fanfare. The law extends certain...more

Illinois Adopts Click-Through Nexus Law

On March 10, 2011, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn (D) signed Public Act 96-1544 (H.B. 2659) into law, adding Illinois to a growing list of states that have adopted an "Amazon tax" or "click-through nexus" law.1 Starting July...more

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