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Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 8 No. 3

Dear Client - Coming to a court near you (and soon): In our first article, “The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Need to Know,” we highlight upcoming changes that will impact discovery…more

Apex Doctrine, Discovery, Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Innovator Liability

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Obama Administration Makes Significant Changes Requiring Revisions to Handbooks, Policies and Contracts for Federal Contractors

Federal contractors and subcontractors face significant challenges as the privilege of doing business with the federal government means more paperwork, more audits, and redrafting contract language and employment policies. Set…more

Barack Obama, Employer Mandates, Executive Orders, Federal Contractors, Subcontractors

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To Speak or Not to Speak: The “Personal Knowledge” Requirement of a Corporate Representative

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6) permits a corporate representative to testify during deposition about matters within the corporation’s knowledge. This testimony does not require the corporate representative to have a…more

Corporate Executives, Corporate Investigations, Depositions, Discovery, Evidence

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Arbitration Agreements: Make Your Own Rules of Civil Procedure

Generally, a party in litigation is constrained to follow the applicable State or Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as they navigate through each stage of the case. One of the perks of arbitration (in addition to the commonly…more

American Arbitration Association, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Arbitrators, Confidential Information

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Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 6 No. 2

In This Issue: - Forum Non Conveniens: How To Avoid The Tide of Lawsuits Brought by Foreign Nationals - Pro Te Solutio: Product Defense And FDA Compliance - Health Care Strike Force: Uncovering Fraud In The…more

Clinical Trials, Compliance, Diversity, FDA, Foreign Nationals

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The Right to Bear… Stun Guns: Second Amendment Protections Expanded?

The State of Massachusetts prohibits the possession of any “portable device or weapon from which an electrical current, impulse, wave or beam may be directed, which current impulse, wave or beam is designed to incapacitate…more

Caetano v Massachusetts, MA Supreme Court, SCOTUS, Second Amendment, Stun Guns

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Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 8 No. 3

Dear Client - Coming to a court near you (and soon): In our first article, “The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Need to Know,” we highlight upcoming changes that will impact discovery…more

Apex Doctrine, Discovery, Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Innovator Liability

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Georgia’s Transportation Funding Act Of 2015 (HB 170) – Impact On Local Governments

The House of Representatives of the Georgia General Assembly (the “House”) passed a bill on March 5, 2015 known as the Transportation Funding Act of 2015 or House Bill 170 (“HB 170”) to address critical transportation needs in…more

Fuel Tax, Highways, New Legislation, Public Transportation, Referendum Votes

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Should Bond Lawyers Care About Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code?

I have been practicing public finance law for almost thirteen years, and during the first half of that period, I never gave Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code much thought, as prior to the financial crisis, municipal bankruptcies…more

Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 9, Detroit, Municipal Bonds, Public Financing

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Passing on Healthcare Liability Claims Against Passive Investors in Tennessee

Tennessee recently enacted a law that limits who may be named as a defendant in a healthcare liability action. For causes arising on or after April 24, 2015, a healthcare liability action may only be brought “against the…more

Breach of Duty, Civil Liability, Health Care Providers, Investors, New Legislation

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Erin Andrew’s Suit Shows Risks to Businesses from Intentional Tortfeasors

Sportscaster Erin Andrew’s suit against a Nashville Marriott and the stalker who the hotel let check-in to a room next to her has made national headlines. When the jury awarded her a total of $55 million damages, with about $27…more

Comparative Negligence, Hotels, Intentional Torts, Joint and Several Liability, Marriott

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Environmental Update – Proposed Hazardous Waste Rule for Pharmaceuticals

On August 31, 2015, the EPA proposed new regulations for the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals at healthcare facilities. First and foremost, the proposed rule prohibits the flushing of any hazardous waste…more

Comment Period, Department of Transportation (DOT), EPA, FFDCA, Hazardous Waste

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Texas Bankruptcy Court ‘Likes’ Facebook and Twitter Accounts as Property of the Reorganized Debtor

In a recent opinion in In re: CTLI, LLC (Tactical Firearms), Judge Jeff Bohm in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered a debtor to handover its Facebook and Twitter accounts to the…more

Bankruptcy Court, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Digital Assets, Facebook

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What do we need to know to comply with the new proposed Section 2801 regulations?

Section 2801 imposes a tax on covered gifts and covered bequests received by U.S. citizens or residents from a covered expatriate. Section 2801 also applies to domestic trusts and foreign trusts electing to be treated as…more

Expatriates, Gifts, IRS, Proposed Regulation, Transfer Taxes

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Mississippi Legislature Passes Significant Tax Relief

On April 18, 2016, the Mississippi Legislature passed Senate Bill 2858 and enacted the “Taxpayer Pay Raise Act of 2016.” Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves describes the Act as the largest tax relief package in Mississippi…more

Corporate Taxes, Franchise Taxes, Governor Bryant, Income Taxes, Self-Employment Tax

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New MSRB Rule Will Increase Available Information Regarding Trades of Municipal Securities

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved amendments by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (the “MSRB”) to MSRB Rule G-14 regarding the reporting of trades of municipal securities. These…more

Amended Regulation, Bonds, MSRB, Municipal Bonds, Municipal Securities Issuers

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The Tennessee Business Court at One Year

The Tennessee Business Court Davidson County Pilot Project opened on May 1, 2015, pursuant to a March 16, 2015 Tennessee Supreme Court Order. Located in the Davidson County Chancery Court – Part III, the Business Court accepts…more

Business Court Division, TN Supreme Court

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It is Not Tortious to Interfere if You Are Exercising a Legitimate Interest or Right

In many commercial disputes, one or more of the parties will assert a tortious interference claim against the other. While there are several variations of tortious interference claims (e.g., interference with existing…more

Contract Disputes, Tortious Interference

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The MCDC Initiative: December Was Just The Beginning

As many of our issuer clients know, as a result of perceived wide-spread violations of post issuance reporting compliance, in 2014 the SEC conducted its “Municipal Continuing Disclosure Compliance Initiative” or the “MCDC…more

Compliance, Disclosure Requirements, Investment Banks, Look-Back Measurement Period, Material Misstatements

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Back to (Federal) Reality- Tennessee Supreme Court Ruling Modifies Summary Judgment Standard

Since 2008, state courts in Tennessee have decided motions for summary judgment according to the ruling laid out by the Tennessee Supreme Court in Hannan v. Alltel Publishing Co. Unlike the summary judgment standard in federal…more

FRCP 56, Genuine Issue of Material Fact, Summary Judgment, TN Supreme Court

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Capturing Flagg: Fifth Circuit, En Banc, Holds that Failure to Complete Pre-suit Medical Board Review Renders Med Mal Defendants Improperly Joined

We previously wrote about the Fifth Circuit’s panel decision and the defendants’ petition for rehearing en banc in this case. As we reported earlier, the issue is whether a non-diverse defendant is improperly joined by…more

Administrative Review, Diversity Jurisdiction, En Banc Review, Improper Joinder, Medical Malpractice

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What Does a Community Bank in Dickson Have in Common with Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase? Basel III

Originally published in the Tennessee Bar Association - December 1, 2012. Coming soon may be an answer to this question. Ask any banker what she thinks of Basel III, and then prepare yourself for a tirade. Ask Greg…more

Basel III

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The MCDC Initiative: December Was Just The Beginning

As many of our issuer clients know, as a result of perceived wide-spread violations of post issuance reporting compliance, in 2014 the SEC conducted its “Municipal Continuing Disclosure Compliance Initiative” or the “MCDC…more

Compliance, Disclosure Requirements, Investment Banks, Look-Back Measurement Period, Material Misstatements

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Vanishing premiums part deux?

Those of you with gray hair like me may recall the life insurance vanishing premium lawsuits from the mid-1990s. As a refresher, that flood of lawsuits arose from life insurance policies sold in the 80s (mainly whole or…more

Breach of Contract, Class Action, Conversion, Dividends, Fraud

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Way, Way Back: Retroactivity in the Proposed 2801 Regulations

Individuals who relinquished U.S. citizenship since 2008 may find themselves with U.S. tax exposure for gifts they made before they expatriated under proposed regulations announced by the IRS. Under the current expatriation tax…more

Expatriates, Gift Tax, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), IRS, Retroactive Taxes

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Ohio Court Gives Effect to a Different Kind of Reservation of Rights Letter

The importance of the ordinary reservation of rights letter – “we will defend you, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to pay a judgment” — is well known. A different kind of reservation of rights letter – “We will defend you…more

Contract Terms, Duty to Defend, Reservation of Rights, Restitution, Unjust Enrichment

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SEC Adopts Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

The SEC adopted a final rule in August of 2015 requiring companies to disclose the ratio of their CEOs’ compensation to that of the median compensation of their employees, which includes part-time, temporary and foreign…more

CEOs, Dodd-Frank, Executive Compensation, Pay Ratio, Reporting Requirements

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New MSRB Rule Will Increase Available Information Regarding Trades of Municipal Securities

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved amendments by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (the “MSRB”) to MSRB Rule G-14 regarding the reporting of trades of municipal securities. These…more

Amended Regulation, Bonds, MSRB, Municipal Bonds, Municipal Securities Issuers

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The Fifth Circuit Forecasts Mississippi Law on Non-Contractual Indemnity

On May 5, 2016, the Fifth Circuit forecasted whether a non-contractual indemnity claim under Mississippi law should be premised on agency or tort theory. In David v. World Marine, L.L.C., No. 15-30464, 2016 WL 2609791, 2016…more

Agency, Appeals, Cross-Claims, Duty to Indemnify, H2-B Visas

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Pro Te Solutio - Vol. 6 No. 1 February 2013

In This Issue: - Can Experts Testify as to the Ethics or State of Mind of Corporate Defendants? - Patent Reform for Biotech Companies - United States v. Caronia and its Implications for Off-Label Marketing…more

America Invents Act, Biotechnology, Daubert Standards, Ethics, Expert Testimony

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Planning for the $5-$10 Million Couple: Portability or Credit Shelter?

In 2009, each individual had a $3.5 million estate tax exemption. If a married individual had assets over $3.5 million, without careful planning, those assets in excess of $3.5 million would fall subject to a 45% estate tax. …more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Credit Shelter Trusts, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Portability

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Recent Fair Campaign Practices Act Developments

Two recent administrative law judge decisions reflect that a Colorado government may violate the Fair Campaign Practices Act ('FCPA") prohibition on spending public funds to urge voters to vote for or against a ballot measure…more

ALJ, Ballot Measures, Public Financing

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Simplicity And Clarity In The Administration And Enforcement Of Jurisdictional Rules

Jurisdictional rules are intended to be simple and thereby easy to administer and enforce. See Hertz Corp. v. Friend, 559 U.S. 77, 81, 94-95 (2010) (“[W]e place primary weight upon the need for judicial administration of a…more

DaimlerChrysler, DaimlerChrysler v Bauman, Due Process, Forum Shopping, Jurisdiction

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Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 8 No. 2

Summer is in full swing and certain topics are (staying) hot—especially regulatory issues, from new proposed rules to challenges to case law to strategic considerations. Generic preemption remains a hot topic. In Storm…more

510(k) RTA, Device Classification, Drug Safety, Failure To Warn, FDA

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The Unintended Consequences of Public Ownership of Sports Stadiums – The NFL meets Concealed Carry Gun Permits

“Politics is tricky; it cuts both ways. Every time you make a choice, it has unintended consequences.” — Stone Gossard A recent opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General’s office, No. 15-63, July 29, 2015, illustrates…more

Commercial Leases, Franchises, Gun Laws, NBA, NFL

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Successful Rule 9(b) Defense of False Claims Act Whistleblower Litigation

The lure of significant monetary awards continues to stimulate high-risk whistleblower actions under the False Claims Act (FCA), and these claims are increasingly common in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. The…more

False Claims Act (FCA), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Manufacturers, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical Industry

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Butler Snow Workplace - Vol. 2013 No. 7

In This Issue: - A New Supreme Court Decision Helps Employers in Harassment Cases - Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Says Nursing Home RNs Are Supervisors - A New Heightened Standard For Title VII…more

Civil Rights Act, Harassment, Nurses, Nursing Homes, SCOTUS

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Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 8 No. 3

Dear Client - Coming to a court near you (and soon): In our first article, “The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Need to Know,” we highlight upcoming changes that will impact discovery…more

Apex Doctrine, Discovery, Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Innovator Liability

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Major changes in store for Tennessee wrongful discharge law

Last month, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law legislation (Public Chapter 995) that will significantly amend the Tennessee Human Rights Act (“THRA”), the Tennessee Public Protection Act (“TPPA”), and the Tennessee…more

Disability, Disability Discrimination, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing

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Butler Snow: Workplace Vol. 2014 No. 1

Senate Bill 815, referred to as the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013” (ENDA), passed the Senate on November 7, 2013. The bill had bipartisan support with 64 Senators (10 Republican) voting in favor and 32 opposing the…more

Discrimination, ENDA, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Transgender

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The Cost of Water is Rising – Financing Tools and Strategies to Help Communities Pay

Across America, the cost of water is rising. Getting clean drinking water is not as easy as turning on the faucet. Not only is access to safe water a growing issue across America — it is an expensive one too. Local elected…more

Bonds, Drinking Water, EPA, Municipal Bonds, Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

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Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 8 No. 3

Dear Client - Coming to a court near you (and soon): In our first article, “The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Need to Know,” we highlight upcoming changes that will impact discovery…more

Apex Doctrine, Discovery, Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Innovator Liability

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Tremendous Tax Savings Opportunity for Certain Investors with the PATH Act

Recent statutory amendments enacted as part of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”) should prompt entrepreneurs to reconsider whether a C corporation may be a better choice of entity than a…more

Alternative Minimum Tax, C-Corporation, Entrepreneurs, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Qualified Small Business Stock

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Second Circuit tells pharmacies the antitrust claims they cooked up need more than a little Morton Salt

Cash & Henderson Drugs, Inc. v. Johnson & Johnson, recently decided by the Second Circuit, concerns Robinson-Patman Act claims that retail pharmacies brought against pharmaceutical manufacturers. The retail pharmacies alleged…more

Antitrust Violations, Manufacturers, Pharmaceutical Industry, Pharmacies, Price Discrimination

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ATM Accessibility Class Actions Make Their Way to Middle Tennessee

On August 5, 2013, seven class action lawsuits were simultaneously filed against separate banks and credit unions in Middle Tennessee, alleging that the defendants’ ATMs failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, ATMs, Banks, Class Action

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Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 8 No. 2

Summer is in full swing and certain topics are (staying) hot—especially regulatory issues, from new proposed rules to challenges to case law to strategic considerations. Generic preemption remains a hot topic. In Storm…more

510(k) RTA, Device Classification, Drug Safety, Failure To Warn, FDA

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Raising a Drawbridge Objection: Eligibility in Chapter 15 Cross-Border Insolvency Cases

Insolvency like international law can lend itself to aggressive protectionism as parties or countries try to preserve their own interests, like medieval lords surrounded their castles with moats and towering walls to fend off…more

Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Court, Chapter 15, Commercial Bankruptcy, Cross-Border

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Butler Snow: Workplace Vol. 2014 No. 1

Senate Bill 815, referred to as the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013” (ENDA), passed the Senate on November 7, 2013. The bill had bipartisan support with 64 Senators (10 Republican) voting in favor and 32 opposing the…more

Discrimination, ENDA, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Transgender

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When Wikileaks Works: Comparing the Leaked Draft of the IP Section of the TPP to the Official USTR Text and the Consequences to Termination Rights in “Phonograms”

With the recent official release by the U.S. Trade Representative of the long-awaited full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, the American public was finally able, if willing, to delve into its over 6,000 pages to see…more

Copyright, Popular, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Wikipedia

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Data Breach Suit Covered Under CGL Policy

Earlier this month in an unpublished opinion, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Travelers Indemnity Company of America (“Travelers”) had a duty to defend its insured against a data breach suit under the terms of its…more

Class Action, Commercial General Liability Policies, Data Breach, Duty to Defend, Electronic Medical Records

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Notice Of Coverage Options In Exchange Distributable To Employees By October 1, 2013 Under Health Care Reform Act

Update: On July 2, 2013, the Treasury Department posted a blog announcing its intention to delay – until January 1, 2015 – the employer shared responsibility and related requirements of the Health Care Reform Act, and that…more

Delays, DOL, FLSA, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare

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The Question Remains Unanswered: Tennessee Supreme Court Rules that Ripeness Doctrine Precludes a Decision on the Constitutionality of Tort Reform Until After a Jury Verdict is Rendered

Commonly known as “Tort Reform,” the Tennessee Civil Justice Act of 2011 (the Act”), Tenn. Code Ann. 29-39-101 et seq., limits the amount an injured plaintiff may recover for non-economic damages to a cap of $750,000 (except in…more

Car Accident, Damage Caps, Interlocutory Appeals, Ripeness, Statutory Damages

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IRS Reverses Position on “Bad Boy” Guarantees

Earlier this year, the IRS issued Chief Counsel Advice 201606027 (February 5, 2016) concluding that, for purposes of the basis and at-risk limitations, an LLC member’s guarantee of entity-level nonrecourse debt conditioned upon…more

Bad Boy Liability, Carve Out Provisions, Guarantors, IRS, LLC

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Supreme Court Rejects Standing Argument in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected the standing argument of a “bare procedural violation” advanced by the plaintiff in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. The Court reaffirmed that the injury-in-fact…more

Article III, Data Breach, FCRA, Injury-in-Fact, SCOTUS

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Attorney-Client Privilege Might Die With Your Company

If you have ever been involved in litigation relating to a defunct company, then you know that problems such as who will serve as the Rule 30(b)(6) representative and who will verify the answers to interrogatories or provide…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Business Litigation, Corporate Dissolution, Discovery, Rule 30(b)(6)

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Law And Accounting Committee Summary Of Current FASB Developments

In March, 2016, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-09, Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718), Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Account. This update simplifies accounting for share-based…more

Accounting Standards, Derivatives, FASB, Financial Reporting, Hedging

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WWE Faces Wrongful Death Suit for Alleged Concealment of Risks Associated with Concussions

Memphis, Tennessee is the most recent arena in which the WWE is defending itself against concussion-related claims brought by former professional wrestlers. On February 18, 2015, the widow of deceased wrestler Nelson Lee…more

Negligence, Sports, Wrongful Death

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Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 8 No. 3

Dear Client - Coming to a court near you (and soon): In our first article, “The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Need to Know,” we highlight upcoming changes that will impact discovery…more

Apex Doctrine, Discovery, Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Innovator Liability

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Dot Your i’s and Cross Your t’s Before Service: It Could Be Worth $2.5 Million

When De Gazelle Group, Inc. sought to use FedEx for service of process of a Saudi Arabian company, Tamaz Trading Establishment, it reliably arrived at the Saudi Arabian post office. In fact, a Tamaz agent, seeking legal…more

Default Judgment, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, International Litigation, Reversal, Service of Process

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IRS Releases Proposed Regulations Defining a “Political Subdivision” For Purposes of Determining Eligibility to Issue Tax-Exempt Bonds

On February 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released proposed treasury regulations (the “Proposed Regulations” ) to provide guidance as to how the IRS intends to prospectively define a “political subdivision”…more

Comment Period, Control Test, Government Entities, Infrastructure, IRS

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Planning for the $5-$10 Million Couple: Portability or Credit Shelter?

In 2009, each individual had a $3.5 million estate tax exemption. If a married individual had assets over $3.5 million, without careful planning, those assets in excess of $3.5 million would fall subject to a 45% estate tax. …more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Credit Shelter Trusts, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Portability

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Everything Old is New Again: New Sources for Spoliation Sanctions

A recent case in the Middle District of Tennessee highlights the scope and limits of spoliation sanctions under amended Rule 37(e). In Benefield v. MStreet Entertainment, LLC, 2016 WL 374568 (M.D. Tenn., Feb. 1, 2016), the…more

Corporate Counsel, Electronically Stored Information, Evidence, Motion for Sanctions, Spoliation

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Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 8 No. 3

Dear Client - Coming to a court near you (and soon): In our first article, “The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Need to Know,” we highlight upcoming changes that will impact discovery…more

Apex Doctrine, Discovery, Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Innovator Liability

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Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 8 No. 2

Summer is in full swing and certain topics are (staying) hot—especially regulatory issues, from new proposed rules to challenges to case law to strategic considerations. Generic preemption remains a hot topic. In Storm…more

510(k) RTA, Device Classification, Drug Safety, Failure To Warn, FDA

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BRING-YOUR-GUN-TO-WORK-DAY? . . . . MAYBE! Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Robert Swindol brought his gun to work . . . kind of. He parked his car in the Aurora Flight Services parking lot with his firearm locked inside. Aurora’s mangers learned about the firearm and fired Swindol that day for…more

Appeals, At-Will Employment, Employment Policies, Gun Laws, Guns-in-Trunks Legislation

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Landmark US Supreme Court Decision May Extend US Tax Benefits to UK Civil Partners

On Wednesday, 26 June 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which limits the definition of “marriage” to “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife” and…more

Civil Unions, Discrimination, DOMA, Equal Protection, Estate Planning

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The Tennessee Business Court Clarifies Fiduciary Duties of LLC Members

In a recent opinion, decided 12/22/15, the Tennessee Business Court clarified the circumstances under which members of a Tennessee limited liability company owe fiduciary duties to one another. In Ewing v. Miller, Case No…more

Breach of Duty, Business Court, Controlling Stockholders, Fiduciary Duty, Limited Liability Companies

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MSRB’s Execution Guidance under Rule G-18: Forward with Flexibility

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) recently released its best execution guidance under MSRB Rule G-18 (the “Rule” or “Rule G-18”). The Rule will be effective as of March 21, 2016. The Rule provides: “The…more

Best Execution, Due Diligence, MSRB, Municipal Securities Issuers, Municipal Securities Market

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So Much for A Contingency Plan: Can the Florida Legislature Abrogate an Attorney’s Contingency Fee in Tort Claims Against the Government?

Like many states, Florida has only partially waived its sovereign immunity by statute. Thus, a plaintiff’s recovery against the state is generally limited to no more than $200,000 per incident. This statutory cap, however, is…more

Abrogation, Catastrophic Impairment, Contingency Fees, Damage Caps, Hospitals

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Federalism and LGBT Rights in North Carolina: Which Sovereign Has the Final Say?

Prior posts on this blog have discussed recent conflicts in Alabama and Mississippi that frame our country’s ongoing efforts to define the scope of federalism. Now, North Carolina has become the newest front in the fight to…more

Civil Rights Act, DOJ, Gender Identity, LGBT, Restroom Legislation

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Butler Snow Workplace - Vol. 2013 No. 7

In This Issue: - A New Supreme Court Decision Helps Employers in Harassment Cases - Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Says Nursing Home RNs Are Supervisors - A New Heightened Standard For Title VII…more

Civil Rights Act, Harassment, Nurses, Nursing Homes, SCOTUS

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Are You Ready for the New Holacracy? Update on Social Media and the Hiring Process

The innovative folks at Zappos have eschewed the traditional job application/interview/job offer process for a social-media-driven process on a Zappos platform. While very up-to-date, does this push the envelope to the point of…more

Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Facebook, Hiring & Firing, Job Applicants

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Don’t Mess with Texas — It Might Deny Your Specialty License Plate: A Review of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc.

Don’t Mess with Texas — It Might Deny Your Specialty License Plate: A Review of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. The Supreme Court of the United States recently…more

First Amendment, Government Speech Doctrine, SCOTUS, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Special License Plates

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Turning the table on Whistleblowers: Alabama state court allows employer lawsuit to proceed against whistleblower

With whistleblower lawsuits on the rise, what options do companies have when faced with a whistleblower of their own. Can a company turn the table on a whistleblower who wrongfully accuses the company of bad acts? Federal…more

Defamation, DOL, False Accusations, Intentional Torts, OSHA

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Fitch Ratings Updates Criteria for Water and Sewer Bonds

On September 3, 2015, Fitch Ratings updated its sector-specific rating criteria for water and sewer bonds. The new report replaces Fitch’s existing rating criteria published July 31, 2013, but Fitch does not anticipate changes…more

Bonds, Corporate Issuers, Fitch, Municipal Securities Issuers, Rating System

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Butler Snow Workplace - Vol. 2013 No. 7

In This Issue: - A New Supreme Court Decision Helps Employers in Harassment Cases - Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Says Nursing Home RNs Are Supervisors - A New Heightened Standard For Title VII…more

Civil Rights Act, Harassment, Nurses, Nursing Homes, SCOTUS

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Landmark US Supreme Court Decision May Extend US Tax Benefits to UK Civil Partners

On Wednesday, 26 June 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which limits the definition of “marriage” to “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife” and…more

Civil Unions, Discrimination, DOMA, Equal Protection, Estate Planning

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Pro Te Solutio - Vol. 6 No. 1 February 2013

In This Issue: - Can Experts Testify as to the Ethics or State of Mind of Corporate Defendants? - Patent Reform for Biotech Companies - United States v. Caronia and its Implications for Off-Label Marketing…more

America Invents Act, Biotechnology, Daubert Standards, Ethics, Expert Testimony

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Fed’s Proposed Treatment of Municipal Securities as High-Quality Liquid Assets

Financial Crisis and Bank Regulatory Response - In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, international banks sought to ensure sufficient liquidity for the largest banks by establishing a quantitative…more

FDIC, Federal Reserve, HQLA, Liquidity Coverage Ratio, Municipal Securities Issuers

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Hold The Phone! AT&T’s Constitutional Challenge To Mississippi’s Dividend Exclusion Statute Is Still Alive

A Mississippi trial court has again found unconstitutional the state’s dividend exclusion statute, which disadvantages certain multistate taxpayers as compared to solely Mississippi taxpayers. This result comes from AT&T’s…more

AT&T, Audits, Corporate Taxes, Department of Revenue, Dividends

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Everyone Must Get Sued – Really?

In his famous August 13, 1987 opinion granting summary judgment in W.B. Crain v. Cleveland Lodge 1532, Order of Moose, Inc.; in the Circuit Court of Bolivar County, Mississippi, Second Judicial District; No. 7887, then-Circuit…more

Premises Liability, Summary Judgment, Tort Reform

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Second Wave of MCDC Hits Underwriters ….No Smooth Sailing Ahead!

On September 30 the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced another round of enforcement actions against 22 municipal underwriting firms for disclosure violations in connection with municipal bond offerings. The…more

Enforcement Actions, MCDC, Municipal Securities Issuers, Municipal Securities Market, Penalties

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Fitch Ratings Updates Criteria for Water and Sewer Bonds

On September 3, 2015, Fitch Ratings updated its sector-specific rating criteria for water and sewer bonds. The new report replaces Fitch’s existing rating criteria published July 31, 2013, but Fitch does not anticipate changes…more

Bonds, Corporate Issuers, Fitch, Municipal Securities Issuers, Rating System

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Support the Tax-Exemption for Municipal Bonds

Please ask your Congressmen to join the bipartisan House Municipal Finance Caucus. Why? What is this caucus? This caucus provides support for the federal tax-exemption for municipal bonds by directly opposing the President’s cap…more

Bipartisan Agreement, Municipal Bonds, Tax Exemptions, Tax-Exempt Bonds

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Attorney General Weighs In On Tennessee Guns In Trunks Law

The law giving handgun carry-permit holders the right to transport and store firearms and/or ammunition in their vehicles parked in an employer’s parking lot goes into effect July 1, 2013. With the enforcement deadline at hand,…more

Attorney Generals, Concealed Weapons, Employer No-Weapons Policies, Gun Laws, Guns-in-Trunks Legislation

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Delay of Penalties for Employer Shared Responsibility

July 2, 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department posted a blog announcing its intention to delay – until January 1, 2015 -- the imposition of penalties under the Affordable Care Act for large employers that do not offer health…more

Affordable Care Act, Deadlines, Delays, Employer Mandates, Health Insurance

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Employers Beware: McDonald’s Memorandum Suggests That the NLRB Intends to Loosen the Standard for When Legally Separate Entities May Be Considered Joint Employers

In late July, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or “Board”) issued a memorandum in a group of cases against operators of several McDonald’s franchises. The memorandum is significant because…more

Employee Rights, Franchises, Franchisors, Joint Employers, McDonalds

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Banking Notes - October 2013: Community Bank Stock on the Over-the-Counter Market

Over the last 12 months, we have seen an increase in the number of community banks interested in generating liquidity for their shareholders. The reasons for this increase vary: some banks want to create a more liquid stock to…more

Banks, Community Banks, FINRA, Nasdaq, NYSE

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Employers Beware: McDonald’s Memorandum Suggests That the NLRB Intends to Loosen the Standard for When Legally Separate Entities May Be Considered Joint Employers

In late July, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or “Board”) issued a memorandum in a group of cases against operators of several McDonald’s franchises. The memorandum is significant because…more

Employee Rights, Franchises, Franchisors, Joint Employers, McDonalds

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Making Straight the Road: Case Litigation Plans as a Means of Efficiency and Predictability in the Tennessee Business Court

Tennessee’s recently-convened Davidson County Business Court will adjudicate business litigation in Nashville and may hear business cases from around the state with the consent of both parties. The Business Court’s stated goal…more

Affirmative Defenses, Business Court, Business Court Division, Dispute Resolution, Litigation Fees & Costs

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Banking Notes - October 2013: Five Practical Tips for Bank Acquirors

As the fog of the recent economic recession continues to lift, many community banks that have weathered the storm are shifting from a defensive-minded strategy to an offensive one, which in many cases focuses on the acquisition…more

Banks, Community Banks

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Overview of Affordable Housing Programs

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has rating criteria for municipal and corporate bonds, the proceeds of which are to be used to finance the acquisition, refinancing, or renovation of affordable rental housing communities. These…more

Affordable Housing, Corporate Bonds, Municipal Bonds, Property Valuation, Rating System

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Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 6 No. 2

In This Issue: - Forum Non Conveniens: How To Avoid The Tide of Lawsuits Brought by Foreign Nationals - Pro Te Solutio: Product Defense And FDA Compliance - Health Care Strike Force: Uncovering Fraud In The…more

Clinical Trials, Compliance, Diversity, FDA, Foreign Nationals

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Banking Notes - October 2013: New Capital Rules for Community Banks

While small banks avoided some of the dreaded brunt of Basel III, this summer’s capital changes require all banks to reconsider their capital positions and may drive some banks to raise capital. Fortunately, the final rules…more

Basel III, Capital Requirements, Community Banks, Mortgages, Preferred Shares

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Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 8 No. 3

Dear Client - Coming to a court near you (and soon): In our first article, “The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Need to Know,” we highlight upcoming changes that will impact discovery…more

Apex Doctrine, Discovery, Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Innovator Liability

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Pro Te Solutio - Vol. 6 No. 1 February 2013

In This Issue: - Can Experts Testify as to the Ethics or State of Mind of Corporate Defendants? - Patent Reform for Biotech Companies - United States v. Caronia and its Implications for Off-Label Marketing…more

America Invents Act, Biotechnology, Daubert Standards, Ethics, Expert Testimony

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Are you defending suits where you don’t belong?

The United States Supreme Court turned conventional wisdom on its head about the reach of personal jurisdiction 12 months ago in its unanimous opinion in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014). Personal jurisdiction comes…more

DaimlerAG, DaimlerChrysler v Bauman, Jurisdiction, Personal Jurisdiction, SCOTUS

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Recent Fair Campaign Practices Act Developments

Two recent administrative law judge decisions reflect that a Colorado government may violate the Fair Campaign Practices Act ('FCPA") prohibition on spending public funds to urge voters to vote for or against a ballot measure…more

ALJ, Ballot Measures, Public Financing

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All Whistleblowers, listen up! Seven figure chump change or eight-figure bonanza, what will it be?

All Whistleblowers, listen up! Seven figure chump change or eight-figure bonanza, what will it be? Several events happened in the last few months to inspire conversation about whistleblowers. First, on July 30, 2014,…more

Dodd-Frank, SEC, Whistleblower Awards, Whistleblowers

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Practical Guidance on Application of Caps on Non-Economic Damages and Punitive Damages

In 2011, Tennessee joined a growing number of states that passed tort reform. In Particular Tennessee Code Annotated § 29-39-102 provides for caps on non-economic damages and Tennessee Code Annotated § 29-39-104 provides for…more

Appeals, Comparative Negligence, Damage Caps, Non-Economic Damages, Punitive Damages

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Best Practices in Periodic Reviews of Participant Directed Retirement Plans

Among the duties of a retirement plan fiduciary is the duty to monitor the administration of the plan and to assure that policies and procedures are in place to minimize the risk of errors and deficiencies. While monitoring is…more

401k, Client Meetings, Disclosure, Due Diligence, Fees

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Mississippi Legislature Passes Significant Tax Relief

On April 18, 2016, the Mississippi Legislature passed Senate Bill 2858 and enacted the “Taxpayer Pay Raise Act of 2016.” Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves describes the Act as the largest tax relief package in Mississippi…more

Corporate Taxes, Franchise Taxes, Governor Bryant, Income Taxes, Self-Employment Tax

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Time to Examine Tennessee’s Collateral Source Rule by William Walton

Originally published in the Tennessee Bar Association - December 1, 2012. Taking Another Look at Fye v. Kennedy - Damages in tort law are designed to compensate for injury and, in the words of one court, “only for…more

Collateral Source Rule, Damages, Health Insurance, Medical Expenses

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Are you Certifiable?

It is not unusual for opposing counsel to demand that you “certify” that your client’s document production is complete and correct. What does this mean? Are you required to do it? The issue often arises in consolidated…more

Certifications, Class Action, Discovery, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 26

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Cheatin’ Ain’t Easy: Potential Theories of Liability Emerge for Online Cheating Website Ashley Madison

Ashley Madison, a dating website specifically geared towards married individuals looking to have an affair, recently found out it was the victim of cyber hackers who claim to have stolen personal information, including names and…more

Adultery, Alienation of Affection, Breach of Contract, Class Action, Confidential Information

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Landmark US Supreme Court Decision May Extend US Tax Benefits to UK Civil Partners

On Wednesday, 26 June 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which limits the definition of “marriage” to “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife” and…more

Civil Unions, Discrimination, DOMA, Equal Protection, Estate Planning

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Proposed Bonds to Encourage Public Private Partnerships And Improve Infrastructure

The nation’s infrastructure is in need of dire repair. On February 2, 2015, to encourage private investments in infrastructure through public-private partnerships (“P3s”) and as part of his 2016 proposed budget, President Barack…more

Barack Obama, Bonds, Federal Budget, Government Bonds, Infrastructure

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Overview of Affordable Housing Programs

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has rating criteria for municipal and corporate bonds, the proceeds of which are to be used to finance the acquisition, refinancing, or renovation of affordable rental housing communities. These…more

Affordable Housing, Corporate Bonds, Municipal Bonds, Property Valuation, Rating System

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IRS Releases Proposed Regulations Defining a “Political Subdivision” For Purposes of Determining Eligibility to Issue Tax-Exempt Bonds

On February 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released proposed treasury regulations (the “Proposed Regulations” ) to provide guidance as to how the IRS intends to prospectively define a “political subdivision”…more

Comment Period, Control Test, Government Entities, Infrastructure, IRS

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