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Proposed Approach for Applying the “Look-Back” Method When the Section 4980H Measurement Period Changes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2014-49 which describes a proposed approach for determining an employee’s full-time or part-time status for purposes of the employer shared responsibility rules under…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

New Jersey Refund Opportunities Associated with the Deductibility of Other States’ Taxes

On October 2, in PPL Electric Utilities Corporation v. Director, Division of Taxation, No. 000005-2011, the New Jersey Tax Court determined that federal deductions for the taxpayer’s payments of Pennsylvania gross receipts tax…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

ESMA Issues Final Draft Standards for the Central Clearing of Certain Interest Rate Swaps under EMIR

On October 1, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued final draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) with respect to the central clearing of four classes of interest rate swaps (IRS). The RTS follows ESMA’s…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

FINRA Provides New Carve-Out Provisions to Include in Settlement and Confidentiality Agreements

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Member Firms have new language to include in their settlement and confidentiality agreements. On October 9, FINRA released Regulatory Notice (RN) 14-40, warning that firms are…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Massachusetts Treasurer Demands National Mutual Fund Records in Multistate Unclaimed Property Audit

Late this summer, the Massachusetts Treasurer demanded mutual fund records on a nationwide basis as part of a multistate unclaimed property audit. Thirty-five (35) states are involved in the audit, but the Treasurer has sought…more
| Finance & Banking, Insurance

Georgia PSC Issues Initial Decision in “Reconstruction in Substantial Kind” Case

On September 17, 2014, a hearing officer for the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an initial decision in a “reconstruction in substantial kind” case under Georgia’s Territorial Act, O.C.G.A. § 46-3-1 et…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Legal Alert: Eleventh Circuit Reverses Outlier Decision on TCPA Prior Express Consent Standard

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has clarified the standard for “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in a September 29, 2014 decision reversing an outlier ruling by a lower…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Legal Alert: MTC Meets With Economic Firms to Continue Its Transfer Pricing Effort

On October 6, the Multistate Tax Commission Arm’s-Length Adjustment Service Advisory Group (the “Group”) met in Atlanta, Georgia, to continue its foray into transfer pricing audits. The Group first met in June and has met…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Sutherland Files Amicus Brief for the Maryland Chamber in Wynne

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce (the Maryland Chamber) has entered the battle against Maryland’s unconstitutional personal income tax regime. Filing as amicus curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court in Maryland State Comptroller…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Taxation

S.D.N.Y. Judge Permits Novel Theory And Allows SEC To Use Unpaid Taxes As Measure Of Disgorgement In Securities Fraud Case

In a case against Dallas billionaires Sam Wyly and the estate of his late brother, Charles, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York agreed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange…more
| Civil Remedies, Business Torts, Securities Law, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Legal Alert: The Tax Court Approves the Use of Predictive Coding

On September 17, the U.S. Tax Court, in Dynamo Holdings LP v. Commissioner, 143 T.C. No. 9 (Sept. 17, 2014), held that a taxpayer could use predictive coding, over the objection of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to identify…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Electronic Discovery, Taxation

Legal Alert: IRS Reaches a Split Decision on Rollover Allocation Rules

On September 18, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-54, which clarifies that, subject to some limitations, a single distribution of pre-tax and after-tax amounts from a qualified retirement plan, a 403(b)…more
| Insurance, Taxation

Legal Alert: New York Tax Appeals Tribunal Reverses “Distorted” Knowledge Learning Decision and Provides Guidance for Proving Substantial Intercorporate Transactions

On September 18, 2014, the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal) decided its first combination case addressing the 2007 changes to New York’s combined reporting regime: Matter of Knowledge Learning Corporation and…more
| Business Organizations, Education, Taxation, Nonprofit Law

Legal Alert: Largest SEC Whistleblower Award Could Have Been Larger

On September 22, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced the largest-ever whistleblower award, more than double last year’s record-breaking award. According to the Order, the award, which will likely exceed…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Legal Alert: Final Rules on Compensation Deduction Limit for Health Insurers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Treasury (Treasury) have issued final regulations under section 162(m)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (Code), which limit the deduction certain health…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Health, Taxation
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