Reed Smith

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California Taxpayers: Gillette Still an Option for the 2013 Return

What’s the Option? - We’re all still waiting for a final decision in Gillette. In the meantime, taxpayers have an option for the returns due this fall. They may compute their apportionment using one of the following two…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

IRS Releases New Guidance on Beginning of Construction - Aug 2014

On August 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2014-46 (the “Notice”), which clarified certain aspects of the beginning of construction requirement that must be satisfied for taxpayers to qualify for…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (2nd Quarter 2014)

Case Updates - California’s taxing agency gets reprimanded again; ordered to pay $2.6 million in attorneys’ fees. We previously reported on the Los Angeles Superior Court case Lucent Technologies, Inc., et al. v. Board of…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

Extension clauses in FOB contracts

The High Court has recently considered the purpose and effect of the GAFTA FOB contract “Extension of Delivery” clause, which entitles a buyer to claim an extension to the delivery period. This alert considers the conclusions…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Transportation

Microsoft loses third round of battle against extra-territorial warrants

On 31 July, the chief judge of the Southern District of New York delivered the latest in a series of controversial judgments stemming from a test case brought by Microsoft in an extra-territorial warrant issued under the U.S…more
| Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Cyber and Data Security and Privacy Liability: The Problem Isn’t Going Away. Get Out in Front of the Problem By Insuring Your Risks.

On August 6, 2014, the New York Times – and other media outlets – reported that a Russian crime ring had amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet data – a cache of at least 1.2 billion user name and password…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

IP/IT & Media Newsletter - Issue 1/2014

In this issue: - Apps and Data Privacy – New Guidelines from the German DPAs New Developments in Cybersecurity Regulation - Refer-a-Friend Functionality on the Internet – Federal Court underpins its view…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

UK power generation assets: optimisation and monetisation

In recent years, the UK power sector has seen owners and/or operators of generation assets increasingly reflect on their commercial strategies with respect to their operations. In the case of power plants, this has involved a…more
| Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking

Cook County Use Tax Update – Reed Smith Wins Appeal – Ordinance Invalid

On August 4, 2014, the First District Illinois Appellate Court affirmed a lower court decision invalidating Cook County’s Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax (the “Use Tax”). The Appellate Court dismissed as moot the County’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Taxation

Energy Charter Treaty and the YUKOS/Russia experience

On 28 July 2014, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague published a final award in an Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) arbitration that has been active for the past decade, ordering the Russian Federation (Russia) to pay…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Sanctions Update: Ukraine, Crimea and Sevastopol—the Ukrainian Parliament, the EU and the U.S. impose further measures

This Alert follows our previous alerts on the Russia/Ukraine sanctions available on our website. July continued to be a busy time as the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament), the EU and the United States intensified their…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Reed Smith Wins Toyota Credit Case in New Jersey Tax Court

On Friday, August 1, in a corporation business tax case handled by Reed Smith, the New Jersey Tax Court ruled that Toyota Motor Credit Corp. was entitled to recompute its tax by reducing gains on the sale of leased vehicles. The…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

No Forward Progress? MiFID sunset clause means continued uncertainty for regulatory status of FX contracts across Europe

In February this year, ESMA sent a letter (the ESMA Letter) to the European Commission asking them to clarify which types of FX contracts fall within the definition of a “financial instrument” under MiFID. Now, five months…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Agreement to negotiate held to be an enforceable condition precedent to arbitration

This Alert looks at “tiered” dispute resolution clauses (i.e. clauses which purport to provide for a process to be followed before the dispute can be referred to arbitration/litigation). They are commonly found in commercial…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts

Conscious Uncoupling: What To Consider Before Dismissing A Senior Executive

While it may be best employment practice to dismiss an employee by identifying a fair reason and following a fair (and sometimes protracted) process, this may not make commercial sense when it comes to terminating a senior…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law
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