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Cities Can Sue Banks for Predatory Lending, U.S. Supreme Court Says

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While the nationwide economy has steadily improved since the recession, many cities are still clawing their way back to financial stability. California, in particular, was hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, leaving cities in...more

Lending Industry Take Note: U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Scope of Right to Sue Under Federal Fair Housing Act

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

A city’s lawsuit against various banks under the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) to recover property tax revenues allegedly lost due to discriminatory lending practices has survived . . . for now. In a recent decision, the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Cities, Allowing Lawsuits Against Banks for Fair Housing Act Violations - Bank of America v. City of...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has given the City of Miami the go-ahead to sue banks under the Fair Housing Act for alleged racially discriminatory lending practices that resulted in increased foreclosures and fiscal harm to the...more

US Supreme Court’s Ruling Bolsters Taxpayers’ First Amendment Right To Pass Through Fees (and Taxes)

On March 29, 2017, in a unanimous ruling, the US Supreme Court ruled that a New York statute, which prohibits identifying a surcharge to customers for credit card payments, regulates speech and is therefore subject to...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - March 2017

Retailers Prevail Over Pharmacy Customers in California Tax Suit - Retailers have won a victory in the realm of California taxation in McClain v. Sav-on Drugs (March 13, 2017) __ Cal.App.5th __ (Nos. B265011 &...more

Update: Upheaval in the German Restructuring Market: Need-to-Know Facts, Alternative Tools and New Draft Law

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

To date, a debt waiver has been frequently used as a tool to successfully restructure German-based companies in financial difficulties. A decision of the German Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof) published on...more

The Supreme Court’s New Church Plan Cases — How They Might Affect ERISA Litigation Generally

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in three Church Plan cases presents the possibility that many Church Plans thought for years to be exempt from ERISA rules, including its funding rules, will now have...more

Maryland Tax Court Overturns Comptroller's Policy of Limiting Subtraction for Interest Received on Federal Obligations

by Reed Smith on

The Maryland Tax Court recently ruled that a bank was entitled to deduct all of its interest received with respect to federal obligations for Maryland corporate income tax purposes, thereby generating net operating losses...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update

by Reed Smith on

Is Pennsylvania bringing back its tax on “computer-related services”? Pennsylvania’s new “Netflix” tax (enacted as part of Act 84 of 2016) covers more than just digital downloads and streaming services. Effective August 1,...more

The Administrative Procedure Act - Challenging FBAR Penalties

by Moskowitz LLP on

Over the past 10 years, thousands of U.S. taxpayers with a wide variety of circumstances have been forced to pay extraordinarily high penalties for failure to disclose foreign bank accounts. For years, tax experts said that...more

Florida Supreme Court: Origin Sourcing for Sales Tax is Constitutional

by Reed Smith on

The Florida Supreme Court upheld the imposition of a sales tax obligation on an in-state florist for all of its worldwide sales regardless of delivery destination. This “origin sourcing” method of determining transactions...more

First of Two Constitutional Conventions on Millionaire Surtax Was a Doozy

by PretiFlaherty on

It was one of the more fascinating events to occur at the State House in a long time, this joint session on Wednesday afternoon, May 18, of the House of Representatives and Senate, or constitutional convention as it’s called...more

U.S. States Expand Efforts to Collect Taxes from Out-of-State Businesses

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Twenty-four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court announced in Quill v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992), that in order for a U.S. state to require an out-of-state business to collect and remit sales and use taxes on its sales...more

Supreme Court of Ohio Hears Oral Argument in Crucial Case for Factor-Presence Nexus

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in a case involving the Ohio Commercial Activity Tax (the “CAT”)—which provides that taxpayers have nexus with Ohio and are subject to tax if they have at least $500,000 of annual...more

IRS and DOJ Use a New Method to Defeat Taxpayers’ Fifth Amendment Argument Against Turning Over Foreign Account Records

by BakerHostetler on

At virtually every turn, courts have ruled against taxpayers who have asserted their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination to avoid turning over foreign account records to the government, citing the “Required...more

Bank of America as Trustee v. Commissioner of Revenue: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Will Hear Case in 2016

by M. Robinson & Company, P.C. on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) will hear the appeal of Bank of America against the Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue in 2016. The SJC accepted Bank of America’s application for Direct Appellate Review on...more

NC Business Court Turns 100

by Brooks Pierce on

The Business Court turned out its one hundredth published (numbered) opinion of 2015 at the end of last week. It came in the form of a tax case, in Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. v. North Carolina Dept. of Revenue, 2015 NCBC 100....more

Breaking News: U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Decision in First Marblehead; Remands to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

by Reed Smith on

Today, the United States Supreme Court granted a request for review in the case of First Marblehead Corporation v. Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue, and summarily vacated the decision issued January 28, 2015, by the...more

When the Fifth Amendment Privilege Doesn't Work-Tax Cases

by Sanford Millar on

A recent decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates the futility of expecting that the Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-incrimination will shield taxpayers from production of offshore financial records. ...more

Lawsuit by U.S. Presidential Candidate Challenges the Constitutionality of FATCA

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., along with six current and former U.S. citizens living abroad, filed a lawsuit, July 14, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio challenging the constitutionality of the Foreign...more

Anti-Discrimination Housing Laws Tackled by U.S. Supreme Court

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Public Agencies May Face Litigation, but Court-Imposed Safeguards to Limit Liability - Having taken up the question twice before only to see both cases settle, the United States Supreme Court recently concluded that...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 7 - July 2015

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In This Issue: - Important Changes at NYS and NYC Tax Agencies - Court of Appeals Upholds Constitutionality of Taxing Nonresidents on Gain from S Corporation Stock Sale in Two Separate Decisions - NYC Tribunal...more

New Nevada Commerce Tax Effective July 1, 2015

by K&L Gates LLP on

While not purporting to give specific advice on Nevada tax law, the following is a summary of some of the general principals underlying the new tax law. A new Nevada Commerce Tax (“NCT”) was signed into law by Nevada Governor...more

Supreme Court decides Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne, (No. 13-485), holding that Maryland’s personal-income-tax scheme, which does not give state residents a full credit for income...more

Changing the Rules in the Middle of the Game: Oregon Supreme Court Allows Prospective Modifications to Public Pension Benefits

by K&L Gates LLP on

The national debate on public pension plans is beginning to resonate in the court system. On April 30, 2015, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of two legislative amendments that modified certain benefits...more

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