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Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Clarifies the Meaning Of “Debt Collector” under the FDCPA

Action Item: In light of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Davidson, the definition of “debt collector,” for purposes of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the “FDCPA”), is strictly limited to the statutory…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking

How to Make Law Firm Mergers Work: Integration

In the past few weeks, I’ve covered the staple considerations that should lead discussion, planning and execution of law firm mergers. Once these critical factors have been resolved, the final element, planning for integration,…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions

Seeking Injunctive Relief: How Irreparable Harm Has Been Analyzed in Federal and State Courts

One of the most important considerations New Jersey practitioners encounter when seeking injunctive relief is where to file: state (Chancery Division) versus federal (district) court. In non-emergent complex litigation, this…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts

Swiss Banks Bank Zweiplus and Banca Stato Have Entered into Non-Prosecution Agreements under the DOJ’s Swiss Bank Program

Two more Swiss banks have reached resolutions with the Justice Department under its Swiss Bank Program. Yesterday, DOJ announced that bank zweiplus ag (Bank Zweiplus) and Banca dello Stato del Cantone Ticino (Banca Stato) have…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Third Circuit Holds That Paid Suspensions Are Not Adverse Employment Action

On August 12, 2015, the Third Circuit issued its opinion in Jones v. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, holding that a paid suspension “typically” is not an adverse employment action within the meaning of Title…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

FATCA Update: IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Electronic Transmission of Forms W-8 and Updates Information Reporting Guides

The Internal Revenue Service has issued additional informal guidance regarding implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). First, the IRS published a new “Frequently Asked Question” on its website…more
| Finance & Banking, Taxation

A Welcome Change: Congress Finally Conforms FBAR and Tax Return Filing Deadlines

Last week Congress passed, and the President signed, a bill entitled “The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015.” While this legislation was primarily directed at extending federal…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation, Transportation

Ninth Circuit Reverses Tax Fraud Conviction Where Returns Were Not “Filed” With Internal Revenue Service

Yesterday the Ninth Circuit addressed the question of whether an individual can be convicted of filing false tax returns pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 7206(1) where the tax returns in question were tendered to an IRS agent during an…more
| Criminal Law, Taxation

OECD Releases Its Annual Tax Administration Report

On August 11, 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its annual report addressing global tax administration. The OECD’s stated mission is to “promote policies that will improve the…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Anticipated IRS Regulations May Impact Discounts On Intra-Family Transfers of Closely Held Business Interests

Action Item: It is anticipated that Treasury will soon issue new regulations that will affect the valuation discounts applicable to intra-family transfers of interests in closely held entities. It may be advisable to review your…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

New Jersey Supreme Court Rejects Broad Expansion of Private Nuisance and Trespass

Action Item: On August 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of New Jersey in Ross v. Lowitz, et al., No. A-101-13 (N.J. Aug. 6, 2015), held that property owners could not prove claims for private nuisance and trespass against the current…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Personal Injury, Real Estate - Residential

Three More Swiss Banks Resolve Their Tax Issues with the United States

The Justice Department continues to announce resolutions with banks under its previously-announced Swiss Bank Program. On August 6, DOJ announced the names of three more Swiss banks receiving non-prosecution agreements:…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

FinCEN Renews and Broadens GTOs on Border Cash Shipments in California and Texas

Continuing its aggressive use of Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) to fight money laundering, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced on July 7 that it was renewing a GTO in Southern…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking

U.S. Coast Guard Marine Casualty Reporting Guidance Finalized

Action Item: The Coast Guard finalized its NVIC, published earlier this year in draft form, which endeavors to provide a uniform policy interpretation of when a casualty report is and is not required. Vessel owners, operators,…more
| Maritime Law

Justice Department Announces That Three More Swiss Banks Reach Agreements Over Tax Evasion Claims

On July 30, 2015, the Justice Department’s Tax Division announced that three more Swiss banks — PKB Privatbank AG, Falcon Private Bank AG and Credito Privato Commerciale in liquidazione SA (CPC) – have cut deals with the U.S. to…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation
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