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Split Decision on Ormat’s Motion to Dismiss Ex-Employees’ Claims of Cash Grant Fraud

The opinion of March 24 from the U.S. District Court for Nevada granted in part and denied in part Ormat’s motion to dismiss an action brought by ex-Ormat employees under the False Claims Act. The ex-employees are alleging...more

Reed Smith LLP Advises Multistate Tax Commission Work Group on Class Action and False Claims Act Model Statutes

Last week, the Multistate Tax Commission (the “MTC”) conducted its 2015 Winter Committee Meetings in Kansas City, Missouri. Among the agenda topics were model provisions concerning the application of consumer class action and...more

Alice in Cook County, Illinois: A View Through the Looking Glass at a Ridiculous Wage-Theft Ordinance

Starting May 1, 2015, employers in Cook County will be subject to a new “Wage-Theft Ordinance” that could lead to employers incurring massive property tax liabilities, business license revocation, and debarment from county...more

Coming to a State Attorney General’s Office near you

The Vermont State False Claims Act Could Be a Game-changer for Vermont Taxpayers and Businesses. The Vermont False Claims Act, percolating through Montpelier hearing rooms and corridors, has not yet received much...more

Labor and Employment Federal Regulatory Reporting and Other Requirements in the First Quarter of 2015

There are several important dates that employers should keep in mind during the first quarter of 2015. While some are long-standing requirements, others are the product of recent regulatory action by the Obama administration....more

State and Federal Departments of Labor Joining Forces to Fight Employee Misclassification

Last month, major North Carolina newspapers ran a series of investigative reports alleging that construction companies with federal contracts routinely misclassify employees as independent contractors. While these articles...more

September 2014 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

This month’s headline developments are the crescendo of cases finding against FedEx Ground’s classification of drivers as independent contractors. On the heels of last month’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

White Collar Watch - August 2014

In This Issue: - Court of Appeals asked to clarify scope of Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower protections - Supreme Court to address circuit splits on wartime tolling and first-to-file bar - IRS amends...more

OFCCP Issues Proposed Rule Requiring Annual Compensation Disclosures

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued a proposed rule today that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide summary information on total W-2 compensation paid to employees by...more

Beanie Baby Founder Pleads Guilty to $53-Million Tax Evasion

Beanie Baby Founder Pleads Guilty to $53-Million Tax Evasion by Frank L. Brunetti on October 7, 2013 Ty Warner, founder of the iconic Beanie Baby empire, has agreed to plead guilty to federal tax evasion charges. His...more

Department of Justice Considers Personal Benefit an Important Factor in Prosecuting Employment Tax Cases

Department of Justice Considers Personal Benefit an Important Factor in Prosecuting Employment Tax Cases by Frank L. Brunetti on September 24, 2013 Since 2008, the U.S. economy has struggled and employers faced with the...more

U.S., Cayman Islands Reach Tax Deal

U.S., Cayman Islands Reach Tax Deal by Joseph M. Donegan on August 28, 2013 Falling in line with the push for greater global collaboration to combat tax evasion, the United States and the Cayman Islands have reached a...more

Federal Bill to Discourage Offshoring and Use of Tax Havens Reintroduced

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) has reintroduced legislation designed to discourage corporations from offshoring jobs. The Stop Outsourcing and Create American Jobs Act of 2011 (H.R. 3338) allows the federal government to give...more

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Alert - November 2011

IN THIS ISSUE: IRS Provides Taxpayers with the Opportunity to Reclassify Independent Contractors with Reduced Tax Liability By Kelley E. Kaufman Companies’ improper classification of workers as independent...more

Feds Target Independent Contractor Misclassification

Citing a desire to minimize losses in contributions to unemployment insurance funds, protect workers' rights, and "level the playing field" for employers that abide by the law, the United States Department of Labor's (DOL's)...more

Amendments To New York State False Claims Act Encourage Qui Tam Actions

On August 13, 2010, effective August 27, 2010, the New York legislature enacted Chapter 379, turbo-charging the New York False Claims Act (“FCA”), N.Y. State Fin. Law § 187 et seq., and providing would-be whistleblowers with...more

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