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Edith Windsor: Saying Farewell to a Brave Woman

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In law school, I wrote papers on the tax consequences of death and divorce for same-sex married couples. The conclusions I drew in those academic exercises included advising same-sex married couples to plan for tragedy well...more

South Dakota Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Remote Retailers; Next Step US Supreme Court?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 14, 2017, the South Dakota Supreme Court released its much-anticipated opinion in the Wayfair litigation, affirming a March 2017 trial court decision granting the remote retailer’s motion for summary judgment on...more

Hurricane Hardship and Loan Relief Also Extended to Hurricane Irma, Pension Relief and a Cybersecurity Update

by Winstead PC on

The Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) issued and announcement providing relief from verification of the qualification of an individual’s request for a hardship withdrawal or a loan in order for a person to obtain the...more

Payments Clause in City Contract Deemed Unconstitutional When it Suspends the City’s Ability to Tax

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Russell City Energy Co. LLC v. City of Hayward - Court of Appeal, First District (August 7, 2017) - In Russell City Energy Co. LLC v. City of Hayward, the California Court of Appeals held that a payments clause in a...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: December 2016 and March, April, June, and August 2017

by Sands Anderson PC on

Happy Fall! The Virginia Supreme Court issued a number of opinions since my last update affecting local government law. Its work resulted in opinions addressing...more

Taxes By Voter Initiative Not Restricted By Article XIII C of the California Constitution - California Supreme Court Holds That...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The power of the initiative is the power of the electorate to propose new laws subject to approval by voters. Filed yesterday, California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland et al. looks at the interplay between the...more

Illinois Court Upholds Cook County’s Beverage Tax Finding It Passes Constitutional Muster and Related Developments

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 28, Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak dismissed the Complaint filed by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and a group of retailers challenging the constitutionality of the Cook County, Illinois Sweetened Beverage...more

Resistance is not Always Futile: New Decision in Ongoing Delaware Unclaimed Property Audit Litigation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On August 9, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Third Circuit), overruling the US District Court for the District of Delaware (District Court), allowed a claim by a holder seeking to prevent an unclaimed...more

“Drop Shipment” Sales Tax Rule Is Held Constitutional

In D & H Distributors, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue (July 31, 2017), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) upheld the imposition of sales tax against a wholesaler that delivered goods directly to consumers in...more

Ruling Leaves Local Public Agencies Open to Legal Actions Asserting Wasteful Government Spending by Non Property Owners

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Cherrity Weatherford, who was a resident of the City of San Rafael in Marin County, rented (but did not own) property in the City. Although Weatherford’s vehicle was not impounded, she nonetheless took issue with the City’s...more

Pennsylvania Court Provides Commercial Property Owners With Defense to Tax Assessment Appeals

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 5, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision confirming that all real estate in a taxing district is a single class (i.e., not subject to sub-classifications based on property type, such as...more

Property Tax & Valuation Topics: Summer 2017

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Declaratory Judgment Not the Correct Remedy - Danping Li sued the Town of Woodbury with regard to the assessments of three properties she owned in that community. One of the counts of her complaint seeking a declaratory...more

Selective property tax appeals based on property type or residency status of the owner violates the Pennsylvania Constitution’s...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently reversed the Commonwealth Court and held that the Uniformity Clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution does not permit school districts to selectively appeal only the assessments of...more

Indiana Tax Court Allows Deductions for Interest Paid on Intercompany Loans and Holds That Gain from Sale of Partnership Was...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On July 11, 2017, the Indiana Tax Court released a decision in E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company v. Indiana Department of State Revenue. The Tax Court held that the Indiana Department of Revenue had improperly reclassified...more

Beverage Tax Wars Continue as Parties Head Back to Court for a Preliminary Injunction Hearing on the Cook County, Illinois Tax

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A legal challenge to Cook County Illinois Sweetened Beverage Tax (Tax) heads back to circuit court today for a hearing on the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction. On June 30, Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak issued a...more

German Constitutional Court Held Parts of Loss Forfeiture Rules are Unconstitutional

by Jones Day on

The German Constitutional Court held that a provision of the loss forfeiture rules, in effect from January 1, 2008, through December 31, 2015, is unconstitutional. The provision stipulates a proportional forfeiture of current...more

Minority Shareholders’ Derivative Suit Foiled by Voiding of Corporation’s Charter for Nonpayment of Taxes

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A business’s failure to pay state taxes can be a problem if the entity later wants to bring a lawsuit, or its non-controlling owners want to sue on the entity’s behalf....more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules That Constitution Prohibits School Districts from Engaging in Selective Tax Appeals

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: This alert examines the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in Valley Forge Towers Apartments v. Upper Merion School District, which held that a school district may not selectively appeal the assessments...more

Connecticut Will Make You Disclose Personal Customer Data!

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) recently issued demand letters to many remote sellers requiring that they either: (a) provide electronic sales records for all individual sales shipped to a Connecticut...more

2017-2018 Legislative Session: Wage Theft and Other Employment Issues

Massachusetts lawmakers continue to debate legislation this session with substantial implications for employers in the Commonwealth. Bills aimed at preventing wage theft by employers, establishing a paid family and medical...more

German Utilities Score Billions on Constitutional Challenge to German Nuclear Fuel Tax

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 7 June 2017, the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (FCC) published a recent decision that declared the German Nuclear Fuel Tax Act (Kernbrennstoffsteuergesetz – KernbrStG) void due to the lack of legislative...more

German Federal Constitutional Court changes rules on interest and loss carry forwards: key takeaways

by DLA Piper on

The German Federal Constitutional Court has decided that part of the German change of control rules (GCCRs) are not consistent with the egalitarian principle and therefore are unconstitutional (BVerfG, decision dated March...more

Non-Property Owners in Cities and Counties May Now Sue for Wasteful Government Spending - California Supreme Court Decision Widens...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Residents need not pay property taxes in their city or county to have standing to sue the entity for wasteful or illegal expenditures, the California Supreme Court said recently in an opinion that overturned lower court...more

Tobacco companies sue state for cigarette fee

by GableGotwals on

The tobacco fee’s critics warned that the state might get sued because of the measure, and they were right. Tobacco companies filed a lawsuit Wednesday to argue the measure is unconstitutional. Tobacco giant Phillip Morris...more

Unfair Apportionment: Consider the Alternatives

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

When must state apportionment be fair? Always. If a state’s normal apportionment formula is operating unfairly with respect to your company, you need to consider the alternatives. The United States Supreme Court has...more

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