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Department Of Revenue Barks Up The Wrong Tree (Again): Indiana Tax Court Allows Claim For Compensatory Damages To Proceed

In its final ruling of 2014, the Indiana Tax Court held that the Department of Revenue could not wrongly confiscate a taxpayer’s inventory, sell the inventory for pennies on the dollar, and avoid a refund by arguing the Court...more

How to get the IRS to pay your legal fees

What can you do when the IRS is misbehaving and it directly affects you? You will have to fight them, but the law allows you to recover your litigation costs if you win. As many know, the IRS has had a very...more

2014 Review: The New York False Claims Act

There was significant activity in 2014 in matters involving the New York False Claims Act (NY FCA). This review summarizes the legislative activity, case law developments and noteworthy settlements in 2014....more

Rescission: Another Remedy to Address Unintended Tax Consequences

While the equitable remedy of rectification is often sought as a means to address unintended tax consequences, rescission is also an available remedy in the appropriate cases. The British Columbia Supreme Court’s decision in...more

The liability of a trustee who honors a fraudulent exercise of a power of appointment

A trustee who transfers trust property to a permissible appointee for the benefit of an impermissible appointee such that the fraud on a special power doctrine is implicated incurs no liability as a consequence, unless the...more

Final Order in the Cook County Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax Litigation Spells Out Standards for County To Process Claims...

On December 23, 2014, the Final Order was entered in Reed Smith LLP v. Zahra Ali, 2014 IL App (1st) 13246-U, Aug. 4, 2014. Having previously ruled that the county cannot assert the “voluntary payment” defense against any...more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (3rd Quarter 2014)

Case Updates - Court finds ownership of LLC membership interest does not constitute doing business in California On November 14, the Fresno County Superior Court determined that Swart, an Iowa-based corporation with a...more

Does French law recognise a duty to mitigate?

Introduction - On 2 July 2014, the 1st Civil Chamber of the French Cassation Court reaffirmed that a tortfeasor is liable for all consequences resulting from his or her tort. The victim of the tort has no duty to...more

Court Affirms Costs against Plaintiffs Following Contentious Discovery (Pennsylvania)

Kuznyetsov v. West Penn Allegheny Health Sys., 2014 WL 5393182 (W.D. Penn. Oct. 23, 2014). In this Fair Labor Standards Act case, “[d]iscovery was contentious and the motions practice was excessive. As a result, a...more

A Warning to Issuers: SEC Charges City and Two Officials with Fraud

In a first-time use of the Dodd-Frank Act, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Allen Park, Mich., its former mayor and its former city administrator with fraud in connection with $31 million in...more

Interest on costs in Western Australia – a quiet shift from incipitur to allocatur?

There are two key positions regarding when interest on a judgment sum begins to run. The rule that interest runs on costs from the date of the certificate of costs is known as the “allocatur” rule and can be contrasted with...more

HomeAway Files Suit Against San Francisco Seeking to Block Online Vacation Rental Marketplace Ordinance

Online vacation rental marketplace HomeAway Inc. has filed suit against the City and County of San Francisco in an attempt to block a new law restricting home rentals in the City. HomeAway is requesting an injunction to...more

New Jersey Tax Court Finds Two Pennsylvania Taxes Are Not Required To Be Added Back

In a Corporation Business Tax (CBT) case, PPL Electric Utilities Corporation v. Director, Division of Taxation, Dkt. No. 000005-2011 (N.J. Tax. Ct. Oct. 2, 2014), the Tax Court of New Jersey found for the taxpayer and held...more

Prevailing Party Awarded Taxable Costs from Production to Opposing Party (California)

Apple Inc. v. Samsung, 2014 WL 4745933 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 19, 2014). In this intellectual property case, the plaintiff sought to recover around $1.5 million in costs for producing documents to an online hosted...more

New Jersey Refund Opportunities Associated with the Deductibility of Other States’ Taxes

On October 2, in PPL Electric Utilities Corporation v. Director, Division of Taxation, No. 000005-2011, the New Jersey Tax Court determined that federal deductions for the taxpayer’s payments of Pennsylvania gross receipts...more

IRS Denies Treaty Benefits Despite Lack of Treaty Shopping

In Starr International Company, Inc., v. United States, the taxpayer (“Starr International Company, Inc.” or “SICO”) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking a tax refund from...more

Focus on Tax Controversy - Fall 2014

Supreme Court to Hear Tax Injunction Act Case - On August 20, 2013, in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that the federal Tax Injunction Act (TIA) prohibited...more

S.D.N.Y. Judge Permits Novel Theory And Allows SEC To Use Unpaid Taxes As Measure Of Disgorgement In Securities Fraud Case

In a case against Dallas billionaires Sam Wyly and the estate of his late brother, Charles, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York agreed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Nevada Supreme Court Upholds Fraud Verdict Against The California Franchise Tax Board

The Franchise Tax Board’s Shande - This is case that has been more than two decades in the making. It began in the 1990s when inventor Gilbert Hyatt filed a California tax return showing that he relocated from...more

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: MTC Election Disappears in Michigan?

On September 11, 2014, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed S.B. 156, which purports to repeal the state’s adoption of the Multistate Tax Compact (the Compact) retroactive to January 1, 2008. Mich. Pub. Acts 2014, No. 282...more

Cook County Ordered to Start Processing Use Tax Refund Claims By September 24, 2014

On September 17, 2014, the Circuit Court of Cook County entered summary judgment in favor of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, represented by Reed Smith LLP (“Reed Smith”), on the remaining count of their Complaint...more

Midwest Gaming Win Reinforces Division Between Police and Taxing Powers

In United States v. Doremus, 249 U.S. 86 (1919) the Supreme Court held that a tax law “may not be declared unconstitutional, because its effect may be to accomplish another purpose as well as the raising of revenue.” That...more

Appellate Court Orders California Tax Agency to Pay Attorney Fees Based on Significant Public Benefit Obtained by Reed Smith

The California Court of Appeal held in a published decision Sept. 2 that Reed Smith secured a significant benefit for the public by bringing a case that resulted in the Court striking down portions of an unconstitutional and...more

IRS Scripts a New Tune with Final Whistleblowing Regulations

Section 7623 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”), added in 1954, authorizes the Treasury Secretary to pay an award as he deems necessary for “(1) detecting underpayments of tax, or (2) detecting and bringing to trial...more

Mortgage Holder’s Petition to Set Aside Judicial Tax Sale Rejected

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that the trial court properly denied a mortgage holder’s petition to set aside the judicial tax sale of a property in Lackawanna County due to alleged improper service of notice and...more

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