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Employee Benefits Developments - January 2016

IRS Guidance Addresses Numerous ACA Issues Related to HRAs. Just before the New Year, the IRS issued Notice 2015-87 (Notice), addressing the application of Affordable Care Act (ACA) market reform rules to different...more

Landlords and tenants: To Airbnb or not Airbnb, that is the question

If you own or occupy residential real property, a question may come to mind. As Shakespeare might have put it, “To BNB or not BNB, that is the question.”...more

California Supreme Court Denies BOE Petition for Review in Lucent Technologies

Last week, the California Supreme Court denied the State Board of Equalization’s (BOE’s) petition for review in Lucent Technologies, Inc. v. State Bd. of Equalization, No. S230657 (petition for review denied Jan. 20, 2016)....more

Reed Smith Clients Vindicated – Illinois Circuit Court Grants Motion to Dismiss in Qui Tam Winery Cases

On January 20, 2016, Judge Thomas Mulroy of the Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago granted the Illinois Attorney General’s Motions to Dismiss numerous qui tam cases brought against California wineries, 17 of which are...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2016

Editor's Overview - Happy New Year! Because 401(k) plans play an increasingly prominent role as an employee's principal retirement investment vehicle, fiduciaries overseeing those plans face increased pressure to see...more

A Closer Look at "Accidental Contracts"

While the intention of the parties in the deal may be straightforward, unfortunately the law is often not. Most real estate deals begin with a letter of intent (or term sheet) spelling out the principal terms of the deal....more

Supreme Judicial Court Rules Against Taxpayer in Regency Transportation

On January 6, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) issued its decision in Regency Transportation v. Commonwealth, finding against the taxpayer. The taxpayer in Regency was a trucking company that purchased...more

New Jersey Tax Court Publishes Decisions That Dual Nexus Standards Are Inappropriate For Throwout

On January 6, 2016, the New Jersey Tax Court approved its January 14, 2014 decision in Lorillard Licensing Company LLC v. Director, Division of Taxation for publication, making the Tax Court decision precedential. The...more

State & Local Tax Advisory: Gillette Overturned: One Test, Two Decisions in California

On Thursday, December 31, 2015, the Supreme Court of California issued its decision in Gillette Co. v. Franchise Tax Board. The court reversed the California Court of Appeal and held that the Multistate Tax Compact is not a...more

California Supreme Court Holds Multistate Tax Compact is Not Binding

On December 31, 2015, the California Supreme Court closed the book on California’s Multistate Tax Compact election saga, unanimously holding that the Compact is not a binding contract among its members and the State was not...more

Another ROBS Gone Wrong – IRS Disqualifies ESOP

On November 23, 2015 the U.S. Tax Court issued a declaratory judgment that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) did not abuse its discretion in issuing a Letter of Revocation of the tax qualified status of the Fleming...more

California Supreme Court Unanimously Holds Against Gillette

Concluding that the California Legislature (1) is not bound by the Multistate Tax Compact (the “Compact”), (2) had unilateral authority to eliminate the apportionment formula election provision, and (3) clearly intended to do...more

New Jersey Files Notice of Petition for Certification After Appellate Division Affirms That Dual Nexus Standards Are Inappropriate...

New Jersey filed a notice of petition for certification (request for discretionary review) with the New Jersey Supreme Court seeking reversal of the Appellate Division’s December 4, 2015 decision that the Division may not...more

Appellate Division Rules that Town Cannot Use Contract Law Provisions to Recover Taxes

In Town of Amherst v Brewster Mews Hous. Co., Inc and Town of Amherst v. Pepper Tree Hgts. Hous. Co., Inc. (4th Dept. 2015), the Appellate Division held that a taxing jurisdiction could not use contract remedies to recover...more

Financial Statement Countdown for Remote Sellers Selling into Alabama

Remote sellers making sales into Alabama have until January 1, 2016, to begin collecting sales tax regardless of their physical presence in the state or consider whether there is any impact on financial statement issues as a...more

Supreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Appeal in Fairmont Hotels Inc.

The Supreme Court of Canada recently granted leave to appeal from the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Fairmont Hotels Inc v Canada (Attorney General), 2015 ONCA 441. This follows the granting of leave in the Jean Coutu...more

Delaware Court Denies Most of Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss Unclaimed Property Gift Card False Claims Action

Two years ago, a former employee of Card Fact, LLC (subsequently purchased by Card Compliant), a company providing gift card issuance and management services to retailers, filed a false claims action in Delaware alleging that...more

A Steep Slope — Vermont Supreme Court Finds AIG Not Unitary With a Ski Resort Based On a Clear and Cogent Evidence Burden of Proof

In the first Vermont Supreme Court decision addressing combined unitary reporting since Vermont’s combined reporting regime became effective in 2006, the court affirmed a lower court’s decision that AIG, the multinational...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - November 2015

Editor's Overview - This month we take a look at how the lower courts have been dealing with claims for retiree health benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, 135 S. Ct. 926...more

Applying The "Common Legal Interest" Privilege In The Context Of A Financial Transaction

Sophisticated and complex commercial litigation and criminal investigations often involve many participants and their lawyers. In these cases, it is often beneficial for the lawyers to share confidential information pursuant...more

Vanguard Attorney's Whistleblower Suit Dismissed for a Violation of the New York State Ethics Rule Prohibiting Disclosure of...

On November 13, 2015, the Supreme Court of New York dismissed a former Vanguard Group tax attorney's New York False Claims Act whistleblower complaint against his former employer. The court held that the attorney violated New...more

Supreme Judicial Court hears Oral Argument in Regency

Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) heard oral argument in Regency Transportation v. Commonwealth, a case in which the taxpayer is challenging the Department of Revenue’s assessment of use tax on the full...more

Rectification in a Tax Context: The Intention Standard Prevails

A drafting mistake in an agreement can result in significant and unintended tax consequences. In the recent case of Baytex Energy Ltd. v. Canada (Attorney General) (Baytex), the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Court)...more

Precedential Cloud Victory in Michigan Court of Appeals

On October 27, 2015, a three-judge panel sitting for the Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed a lower court decision finding that the use of cloud-based services in Michigan is not subject to use tax in Auto-Owners...more

Illinois Local Sales Tax Sourcing Update: Tax Administration by Lawsuit Vanquished (for Now)

On October 16, the Circuit Court of Cook County (the “Court”), in an order authored by Judge Peter Flynn, dismissed a lawsuit by the City of Chicago (the “City”) and the Village of Skokie (collectively the “Plaintiffs”)...more

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