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Act Now Advisory: Unions Swim Against the Tide as Pension Issues Surface for Negotiations and Organizing

Contributions to multiemployer defined benefit pension plans have been a mainstay, legacy feature of union negotiations in many industries. But the fabric of such staples may be tearing apart as employers contemplate the...more

Long Arm of ERISA Tags Non-US Parent Company With Pension Liabilities of Its US Subsidiary

A non-United States entity seeking to acquire a United States entity should be aware that the acquisition may expose the non-US entity to any pension plan termination and withdrawal liabilities of the US target entity in...more

Moody’s: Energy Future Holdings in Danger of Bankruptcy

Moody’s: Energy Future Holdings in Danger of Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on September 24, 2013 Energy Future Holdings Corp. is facing a "high probability" of being forced to seek protection due to the danger of...more

Gov. Snyder Puts Positive Spin on Detroit Bankruptcy to Chinese Investors

Gov. Snyder Puts Positive Spin on Detroit Bankruptcy to Chinese Investors by Joel R. Glucksman on September 20, 2013 Local and state governments, as well as the federal government, are not the only ones closely watching...more

Uneasy Link Between Federal Income Tax And NJ Gross Income Tax

Uneasy Link Between Federal Income Tax And NJ Gross Income Tax by James F. McDonough, Jr. on September 6, 2013 There is a difficult and uneasy relationship between the Federal Income Tax (FIT) and the New Jersey Gross...more

Court Rules NJ Charities Must Follow Donor’s Wishes or Return Money

Court Rules NJ Charities Must Follow Donor’s Wishes or Return Money by Christine M. Vanek on August 21, 2013 The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court recently clarified what happens when a charity...more

Oil, Gas Industry Faces Scrutiny for Labor Practices

Oil, Gas Industry Faces Scrutiny for Labor Practices by Frank L. Brunetti on August 16, 2013 In light of a recent government report that shed light on the prevalence of incorrect worker classification, many companies...more

Report: Companies Failing at Worker Classification

Report: Companies Failing at Worker Classification by Joseph M. Donegan on August 14, 2013 A large number of small, mid-market, and large companies nationwide are failing to comply with the Internal Revenue Service...more

NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Legal Standard for Retaliation Claims Under LAD

NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Legal Standard for Retaliation Claims Under LAD by Gary S. Young on August 5, 2013 The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently issued a key decision regarding the proofs required under the...more

Insights - Spring 2013: Developing Federal Common Law of Successor Liability

When a purchaser acquires substantially all the assets of a seller, the purchase agreement typically provides that the purchaser does not assume seller’s liabilities except to the limited extent specifically set forth...more

Takeover Code Amendments Extend the Rights of Pension Scheme Trustees

Amendments include new requirements regarding offerors' intentions, documents provided to trustees, trustees' opinions on offers, and publication of agreements between offerors and trustees....more

PBGC Seeks Involuntary Plan Termination before Plan Sponsor’s Proposed Share Sale

On April 18, 2013, PBGC filed a complaint (PBGC v. Saint-Gobain Corp. Benefits Comm., E.D. Pa. Case No. 13-02069) to involuntarily terminate a defined benefit plan sponsored by Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc. before Ardagh...more

Corporate Law Report: U.S. Manufacturing, Social Media, Online Endorsements, Hart Scott Rodino, More [Video]

Watch our latest Corporate Law Report for: a word of caution from Pillsbury on using endorsement as part of your online advertising; enforcement predictions for 2013 from Mike Volkov; social media for global corporations from...more

Beware of Hidden Pension Liabilities in Corporate Transactions

In a recent court case in British Columbia, employees who transferred employment as part of a corporate transaction were awarded monetary damages on account of lost pension benefits: Kerfoot v. Weyerhaeuser Company 2012 BCSC...more

Hidden Due Diligence Risk In Mergers, Acquisitions And Investments: Independent Contractor Misclassification Oftentimes Overlooked...

Many due diligence reviews in mergers, acquisitions and investments have ignored the issue of independent contractor (IC) misclassification liability. This is a difficult exposure to identify unless the legal team digs below...more

Law Firms Eye Mergers In Race To Go Global [Video]

Dec. 3 (Bloomberg Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant at the Zeughauser Group, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the market forces behind a recent wave of law firm mergers. Zimmermann says mega-deals such as Norton...more

Recent Case Suggests How Private Equity Funds Can Protect Against Unfunded Pension Liabilities of Portfolio Companies

A recent decision by the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts specifically rejects the 2007 Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation opinion that private equity funds can be a “trade or business” potentially subject to joint and...more

Pension Plan Mergers and Asset Transfers: The Rules are Changing

Two years ago Ontario pension legislation was changed to provide for new rules that will make asset transfers and the merger of two or more pension plans much simpler. These are welcome changes since it has been expensive,...more

Show Them the Money - SecondMarket provides new liquidity options for startup investors and employees

The listless IPO and M&A markets have not been friends to young companies this past decade. “The median time from a company’s initial funding to either an IPO or an M&A exit has nearly doubled since 2000, with IPO exits now...more

Focus on Private Equity -- Issue 1, June 2012

In This Issue: Key Tax Considerations for Private Equity Acquisitions and Key Employee Benefit Considerations for Private Equity Acquisitions. Excerpt from Key Tax Considerations for Private Equity...more

The End is Nigh? MLB and Fairness in Administration of a FCPA Compliance Program

Less than three months after he ruled against Major League Baseball (MLB) in the Ryan Braun suspension, Arbitrator Shyman Das was fired by MLB. He had been an approved arbitrator under the MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement...more

The Value in Conducting Thorough Background Checks on Executives

Internet giant Yahoo! has now been forced to undertake another extensive search for a Chief Executive Officer to help salvage its underperforming business. Today it was announced that Scott Thompson would be stepping down...more

Purchaser Need Not Duplicate Shut-Down Benefits When Mirroring Seller’s Pension Plans

In Shaver v. Siemens Corporation, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 4081 (3d Cir. Feb. 29, 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a precedent-setting opinion addressing the complex relationship between ERISA’s...more

Successor Liability For Benefit Plan Contributions In Asset Purchases - - Two January 2011 Court Cases

As the economy slowly improves and we see more merger and acquisition activity, those involved in such transactions should be aware of recent shifts in the traditional common law rule of successor liability. There once was a...more

Inside M&A - March/April 2011

In This Publication: Successor Liability in an Asset Sale: Court Holds Purchaser Liable for Seller’s Delinquent Contributions to a Multiemployer Plan; Increased Occurrence of Split-up of Pension Plans in the M&A Context;...more

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