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

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
| Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

New York is Almost Open for Flying: A Sales and Use Tax Update

Piggy-backing on my colleague Drew’s sales tax update last week on new use tax rules for yachts already in effect, I’m writing with another timely update on New York’s soon-to-be-effective sales and use exemption rules for…more
| Taxation, Transportation

IRS Guidance on FBAR Penalties

On May 13, 2015, the IRS issued interim guidance to its examiners regarding penalties for failure to timely file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). By no later than May 13, 2016, this interim guidance will…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Revising Long-Term Care Facility Requirements

On July 16, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to revise the requirements long-term care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare…more
| Health

Equine Liability: Am I Responsible if my Horse Injures Someone?

It’s your worst nightmare. Your horse just injured someone. It was the final riding lesson of the evening. During the short 30-minute lesson, a student that has been riding with you for six months suffered a serious injury when…more
| Agriculture, Insurance

Copyright Protection: Differences Between U.S. and Canadian Law

Copyright law protects creative works such as books, paintings, sculptures, songs, and movies. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals often own a wide variety of copyrights. Sometimes a copyright owner will not…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

New U.S. DOL Memo Concludes Most Workers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

On July 15, 2015, David Weil, the administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, issued a highly anticipated Administrator’s Interpretation that provides insight into the DOL’s current position on the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Faster Is Not Always Better: Dangers of Quickly Filed Patent Applications

The United States switched to a “first-inventor-to-file” patent system in 2013. Ever since, articles and client alerts have stressed the importance of filing your patent applications as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the fear…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

New York Is Open for Boating: A Sales and Use Tax Update

Fourth of July has come and gone. This year, nonresidents (more on this later) who brought a new boat to New York for the first time were hit with a breath of fresh air—and I’m not talking about the fresh air from [insert any of…more
| Maritime Law, Taxation

New York Case Highlights Sales Tax Pitfalls for Boarding Operations

Commercial horse boarders and breeders enjoy a fairly broad set of sales and use tax exemptions in New York State. Exemptions covering most of the operation’s purchases are designed to parallel the tax breaks given to farming…more
| Agriculture, Taxation

BREAKING: U.S. Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rule Amending the FLSA White Collar Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has just released its long-awaited proposed rule that would amend the minimum wage and overtime exemptions applicable to executive, administrative, professional, and computer employees under…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2015

Supreme Court: Plan Fiduciaries Have a Continuing Duty to Monitor Plan Investments. In 2007, participants and beneficiaries under a 401(k) plan sued the plan fiduciaries and the plan sponsor to recover damages for alleged losses…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Finance & Banking, Health, Labor & Employment Law

The Supreme Court Addresses Federal Health Care Subsidies and Same-Sex Marriage

Two recent Supreme Court decisions have implications for employee benefit plan sponsors: King v. Burwell, decided June 25, 2015, and Obergefell v. Hodges, decided June 26, 2015…more
| Civil Rights, Health, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Could Maryland v. Wynne Result in NY Refunds?

A new U.S. Supreme Court case, Maryland v. Wynne, will likely have a broad impact on various state taxation schemes, and it could create the potential for refunds for numerous taxpayers. Taxpayers who have paid tax to multiple…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Taxation

New York City “Bans the Box”

On June 29, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law “Ban the Box” legislation, prohibiting employers from making any inquiry of, or statement to, an applicant for the purpose of eliciting information regarding…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
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