Varnum LLP

2016 Cost of Living Adjustments

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2016 cost of living adjustments to various limits. The adjusted amounts generally apply for plan years beginning in 2016. Some of the adjusted amounts, however, apply to calendar…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

I Sued My Neighbor and Lost My Dock

Occasionally I get a call from someone that begins with "I need to sue my neighbor." What the caller really needs is advice to understand the options available, the risks, and how best to solve the problem which prompted the…more
| Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Varnum Marks Native American Heritage Month

This November marks the 25th anniversary of Native American Heritage Month, originally declared in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. This month we also recognize the 25th anniversary of the Native American Graves Protection…more
| Indigenous Peoples

It’s Official: SEC Publishes Final Rules for Investment Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding started as a way for music fans to get together and fund a tour for their favorite band, and quickly spread as a way to support an innovative business, develop an interesting project, or support a particularly…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Vesting 101 – Whaddya Mean I Don’t Own My Stock?

Vesting is an extremely important concept that arises (or should) among the founders when a company is formed, when equity incentives are granted and when outside investors invest. Although some founders view vesting as yet…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law, Taxation

Doing Well by Doing Good: Why Startups May Want to Consider B Corp Status

Socially and/or environmentally minded startup entrepreneurs should take a second look at B corporations. Informally, many companies seek to bring good to the community in which they do business and operate in a socially and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Certain Michigan Taxpayers May Appeal Prior Assessments (Even for Repealed Taxes such as SBT, MBT)

In a Notice released recently by State Treasurer Nick Khouri, the Department of Treasury acknowledged that many taxpayers may have a right to appeal a prior tax assessment – even if many years have passed since that assessment…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Refunds for Improperly Collected Taxes Due to “Computer Glitch” Will Take Weeks: Michigan Dept. of Treasury

In testimony before the House Oversight and Ethics Committee yesterday Michigan Department of Treasury officials told lawmakers that refunds for taxes improperly collected on 76,000+ accounts due to a "computer glitch" would…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Raising Capital? Don’t Forget about SEC Filings (It’s Not as Difficult as It Sounds)

The mention of "securities law and regulations" is a common, but daunting phrase that many entrepreneurs hear when they are attempting to raise money from investors for their companies. Under federal securities laws, any sale of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Big Changes Coming to Michigan’s Garnishment Laws

On October 1, 2015, thanks to recent changes in the law, there will be several big changes to Michigan's periodic garnishment process. Some changes will benefit creditors who are owed money, some will benefit debtors, and some…more
| Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

Convertible Equity: The Founder’s Alternative to Convertible Debt

Convertible debt (a loan that converts into equity upon the closing of a round of financing or other conversion event) has long been the preferred investment vehicle of early-stage investors, particularly angel investors, as a…more
| Finance & Banking

Did You Grow Corn in the Past Two Years? You’re Part of a Lawsuit

Corn farmers across the county have collectively filed more than 20,000 lawsuits against Syngenta. In 2010, Syngenta released GMO seed before it was approved by some export markets, most notably China. That GMO corn later found…more
| Agriculture, Commercial Law & Contracts

Pesticide Bill Would Eliminate Duplicative Permitting

In 2009, a federal court ruling required pesticide users to now apply for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, under the Clean Water Act (CWA), if chemicals were sprayed over, near or into a body of…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Mandatory GMO Labeling Quashed Under House Bill

In late July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The controversial legislation, as passed by the House, creates a national voluntary standard for the labeling of foods with GMO…more
| Agriculture, Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology

Federal Judge Blocks WOTUS Rule, Michigan Files Separate Suit

The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ “Waters of the United States” Rule (WOTUS) that was supposed to go into effect on August 28, 2015, was blocked when North Dakota U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson…more
| Agriculture, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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333 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504, United States

Contact: Tamara Bergstrom

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