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Gore Decided: Unitary Nexus Rejected; Economic Substance Test Clarified

Today, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued its highly anticipated decision in Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc. v. Comptroller of the Treasury; Future Value, Inc. v. Comptroller of the Treasury. The court held that under the...more

Legislature Shuts The Barn Door After The Horse Has Bolted And Then Burns Down The Barn

Not many people use horses as a means of transportation in the U.S. anymore, but numerous horse related expressions and aphorisms persist in everyday speech, including...more

IRS Fighting Hard to Avoid Tea Party Class Action Claims

The IRS recently filed a motion to dismiss class action claims brought by Tea Party groups. In NorCal Tea Party Patriots, et. al. v. IRS, et. al., S.D. Ohio, Case No. 1:13-cv-00341, Tea Party groups asserted that the IRS...more

The Perils of Incomplete Service

Our previews of the newest additions to the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil docket continue with Bettis v. Marsaglia, an election law case from the Fourth District. Bettis poses the question of whether a plaintiff’s failure to...more

"Inside the Courts: Daimler AG v. Bauman: US Supreme Court Rejects Broad ‘Agency Theory’ of General Jurisdiction"

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States held in Daimler AG v. Bauman, et al. that due process prevents a court from applying an "agency" theory to exercise general personal jurisdiction over a foreign corporation based...more

New circular letter on transfer of assets and partnership interests

Federal Ministry of Finance directs non-application of recent rulings by the Federal Fiscal Court. With its circular letter dated 12 September 2013, the Federal Ministry of Finance comments on three rulings by the...more

King v. DAG SPE Managing Member, Inc., C.A. No. 7770-VCP (Del. Ch. Dec. 23, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery dismissed an action under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law brought by a former director to inspect a corporation’s books and records. The Court found that...more

Would Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Have A Stronger Case As A Flexible Purpose Corporation?

Steve Hazen alerted me to the fact that California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has filed an amicus brief in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., U.S. Supreme Court Docket No. 13-354. The question presented in that...more

Does Failure To Qualify Deprive A Foreign LLC Of Standing Under The SSFMJA?

The U.S. Constitution enjoins each state to accord “full faith and credit” to “the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other State”. U.S. Const. Art. IV, § 1. However, a judgment creditor can’t directly...more

California Court of Appeal Holds That Challenges to Corporate Elections Under Corporations Code Section 709 May be Predicated Upon...

In Morrical v. Rogers, No. A137011, 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 811 (Cal. App. Oct. 10, 2013), the California Court of Appeal, First District, held that the summary procedures set forth in California Corporations Code § 709 may be...more

NJ Joins the CrowdFunding Race

The race is on between the New Jersey Legislature and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Both are considering legislation to permit entrepreneurs to raise funds through equity crowdfunding. Crowdfunding, which...more

Can Blowout Football Game Qualify as Illegal Bullying?

New Jersey has some of the toughest bullying laws in the country, but could annihilating your opponent in a high school football game really constitute a violation? In Texas, school officials were forced to consider such...more

Judge Not Afraid to Admit He Got It Wrong

It's not easy to admit being wrong, particularly if you are one of the most respected judges in the country. Yet, that is precisely what Judge Richard Posner did. The admission did not involve a trivial matter, but rather...more

More Than Another Alien Tort Statute Case: The Supreme Court May Limit Personal Jurisdiction

On October 15, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the first of two significant personal jurisdiction cases on the docket: DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman, No. 11-965 (cert. granted Apr. 22, 2013). At first glance,...more

Is Citizens United Just the Beginning?

As it kicked off a new term, the U.S. Supreme Court did not shy away from controversy. Its first case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, could have significant implication for campaign finance reform. The case...more

The Supreme Court: Cases to Watch in the October 2013 Term

This week marks the first Monday in October, which for Supreme Court watchers is a holiday: the start of a new term. While not everyone gets that excited about the new term, there are several cases that the Court intends to...more

California Tax Relief for Sellers of Qualified Small Business Stock

On Friday October 3, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1412, which provides full relief for individuals affected by the decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board, where the California Court of Appeal held that the...more

Religious Institutions Update: October 2013

The legitimacy of political speech from the pulpit is much debated. Some contend that religious institutions should be silent, because of separation of church and state or the inaccessibility of divine inspiration to...more

Corporate tax reform is coming to Switzerland

Tax experts in Switzerland now predict that certain Swiss tax regimes – the cantonal tax regime, the holding regime and, in particular, the auxiliary company regime, will ultimately need to be repealed. A repeal of...more

Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) v. Texas Racing Commission (TRC)

USDC Order Dismissing Dormant Commerce Clause Challenge

The USDC for Western District of Texas (Austin Division) found that the Texas "in-person" gaming requirement with respect to advanced deposit wagering does not discriminate against or unduly burden interstate commerce. The...more

Video Games, iPhones, and Senator John McCain

The picture of Senator John McCain playing poker on his Smartphone went viral within a few hours after it was posted.  Perhaps the reason had less to do with the fact that a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...more

Huff v. Longview Energy Co., C.A. No. 8453-CS (Del. Ch. Aug. 12, 2013) (Strine, C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery granted the defendant corporation’s (“Longview”) motion to dismiss the complaint of two of its directors (the “Directors”), who sought indemnification from Longview, because the...more

What’s On Deck: Court to Again Tackle Affirmative Action

As the justices continue their summer vacation, we will be previewing what’s to come when they return to the bench in October. One of the first cases on deck involves affirmative action, which came before the Court last...more

NFL Doctor’s Role in Concussion Lawsuit May Prompt More to Join Litigation

NFL Doctor’s Role in Concussion Lawsuit May Prompt More to Join Litigation by Anthony Caruso on August 21, 2013 NFL doctor, Elliot Pellman, has served players for several years and made critical decisions about whether...more

Factors That Go Into Television Network Contracts

Factors That Go Into Television Network Contracts by Anthony Caruso on August 19, 2013 Many sports analysts are watching the ascent of Fox Sports 1 as it makes multi-year television network contracts with several sports...more

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