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Washington Court of Appeals: No Transactional Nexus Requirement or Dissociation for Washington B&O Tax

On April 29, 2015, the Washington Court of Appeals issued an important tax decision in Avnet, Inc. v. Washington Department of Revenue, Dkt. No. 45108-5-II. In its most significant holding, the court of appeals effectively…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Oil on the Rails: States Increasing Regulation of Oil Trains

The increase in North American petroleum production in recent years, coupled with inadequate pipeline infrastructure, has resulted in a significant rise of, and reliance on, the transport of crude oil by rail. Public concerns…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

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The European Union has recently demonstrated additional interest in the potential uses of blockchain technology for financial services outside of virtual currencies. On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

E-Retailers Beware: DOJ Files First Criminal Prosecution for Online Price Fixing

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced its first criminal antitrust prosecution in e-commerce. David Topkins was charged on April 6, 2015, with price fixing in violation of Section 1 of the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Consumer Protection

Quarterly Investment Update – 1st Quarter 2015

Stock Market Commentary - Despite the stock market's nearly 6% surge in February following a bumpy January, March brought heightened volatility, which nearly dissolved the year-to-date gains. The S&P 500 finished the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Opponents of EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan Face Tough Questions From the Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral argument on the first legal challenges to EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” on April 16, 2015. The plan is a proposed rule under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Uniform Law Commission Study Committee to Host a Stakeholder’s Meeting on April 23

In December 2014, the Study Committee of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) recommended to the ULC to convene a Drafting Committee to draft uniform state legislation concerning alternative currencies and mobile payment systems…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Is the New Idaho Benefit Corporation Act Right for Your Company?

Idaho recently joined the ranks of the District of Columbia and 26 other states that have passed benefit corporation legislation. The Idaho Benefit Corporation Act, S.B. 1076, becomes effective July 1, 2015, and provides new…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

President Issues Executive Order to Block Assets of Foreign Cyber Attackers

President Obama recently issued Executive Order 13694 (EO 13694 or EO), “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities.” EO 13694 is aimed at deterring cyber attacks, cyber…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts - Tax and Nontax Advantages

Creating an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT) can dramatically increase the liquidity of an individual’s estate and effectively leverage the value of the annual $14,000 per donee gift tax exclusion and the $5,430,000…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

How Subcontractors Can Protect Themselves Following Binghamton Simulator

Subcontractors often play important roles in government contracting. A subcontractor may, for example, take the lead in drafting what becomes a winning proposal. A subcontractor may work on a day-to-day basis with government…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting

TCPA Litigation Newsletter - April 2015

In This Issue: - TCPA Litigation And Regulatory Interpretation - Class Certification - Settlements - Insurance Coverage - Excerpt from TCPA Litigation And Regulatory Interpretation: In…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Insurance

Newly Revised Arizona Purchaser Dwelling Act Changes Rules for Construction Defect Claims

When the Arizona Legislature enacted the Purchaser Dwelling Act (the "Act") in 2002, it imposed various pre-litigation notice and inspection requirements on purchasers and homeowners’ associations before they could file a…more
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential

How U.S. Sanctions Can Affect Companies With Russian Investors

When the White House recently announced that it was extending sanctions against Russia for another year, it cited a continued “unusual and extraordinary threat” from Russia’s activities in Ukraine. President Obama also signed…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

OIG Warns Lab “Pull-Through” Arrangements May Be Illegal

In an important advisory opinion, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) gave a thumbs-down to a proposed clinical laboratory “pull-through” arrangement even though the patients in…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology
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