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Business Incentive Changes in Recent North Carolina Legislation

The North Carolina General Assembly passed two significant pieces of legislation affecting corporate activity, expansion and new investment in North Carolina. First, the General Assembly passed the state budget...more

Update: Judge Scheindlin Grants Summary Judgment Against Class Member

We previously reported on what we thought at the time were “unusual” arguments from Vivendi Universal, S.A. (“Vivendi”) in its summary judgment motion in opposition to the recovery of certain class-action members in the...more

Court of Appeals Hears Michigan’s Compact Election Cases

The long saga of Michigan's Multistate Tax Compact election continued on Wednesday with oral argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals. A packed courtroom witnessed a 1.5 hour proceeding before an active three-judge...more

Non-Apportioned Damages Awards Can Make Design Patents Highly Valuable

Companies should make design patents a key part of a company’s patent strategy due to the possibility for non-apportioned awards for design patent infringement. For companies manufacturing products in high volume, especially,...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Apportionment In Advancement Case

Not infrequently, a former director may seek to have his attorney fees advanced in two pending matters, only one of which is covered by a corporation’s advancement obligations. An example would be an SEC action coupled with a...more

Multistate Tax Commission Amends the Equitable Apportionment Provision of the Compact and Apportionment Rules for Financial...

Yesterday, the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) held its annual meeting in Spokane, Washington. The meeting is the annual event where full MTC member states approve model laws in their final version. The approved versions are...more

Multistate Tax Commission Committees Discuss Apportionment Details and an Information-Sharing Program

Yesterday, the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) held meetings of its Litigation, Uniformity, and Strategic Planning Steering Committees. The meetings were generally dominated by discussions of evolving apportionment issues,...more

Global Tax News - July 2015

EUROPEAN UNION RE-LAUNCHES FORMULARY APPORTIONMENT: KEY POINTS ABOUT THE CCCTB The European Commission has recently released a Communication to the EU Parliament calling for a re-launch of its proposal from 2011...more

Georgia Supreme Court Brings Clarity to Non-Party Fault Under The Apportionment Statute

The Georgia law regarding apportionment of liability in tort cases became more clear this month with the Georgia Supreme Court’s decision in Zaldivar v. Prickett, et al. Before the Court was the question of whether a...more

No “Apportionment” Requirement for Design Patent Damages - Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Elecs. Am., Inc.

Addressing the issue of damages for trade dress and design patents, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the bulk of Apple’s roughly $930 million damages award, noting that there is no apportionment...more

PRPs May Want To Dig In With Divisibility Defense

In a victory for potentially responsible parties at multiparty contamination sites, a federal district court in U.S. v. NCR Corp., No. 10-C-910 (E.D. Wis. May 15, 2015), held a PRP established that environmental harm at a...more

North Carolina Moves Towards Single Sales Factor and Market Sourcing

An earlier Tax Alert discussed the possibility that North Carolina would adopt the single sales factor method of apportioning the business income of multi-state corporations. During the current legislative session, single...more

Apple v. Samsung: Trade Dress Functionality and Total Profits without Apportionment

The highly publicized Apple v. Samsung litigation saga began in April 2011 when Samsung alleged various infringements of patents and trade dress related to Apple’s iPhone. A jury awarded more than $1 billion in damages. In a...more

PRP in CERCLA Enforcement Action Saves Millions of Dollars with Successful Divisibility Defense

Action Item: On March 15, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in United States v. NCR Corp., No. 10-C-910 (E.D. Wis. May 15, 2015), held that a potentially responsible party (“PRP”) at...more

Is the Shrinking Availability of Joint And Several Liability In Superfund Cases A Good Thing?

Although it has taken a surprisingly long time, the holding in Burlington Northern which greatly lowered the standard for apportionment in Superfund cases is finally being embraced by lower courts. Last fall I blogged about...more

A Year’s Review of Massachusetts Tax Cases

Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines USA, Inc. v. Comm’r of Revenue, 85 Mass. App. Ct. 1125 (2014) - In a unique case, the Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed a ruling of the Appellate Tax Board (ATB) that two corporations...more

Real News - Spring 2015

Welcome to Real News! I’m pleased to introduce to you DLA Piper’s quarterly guide to key developments in English and Welsh real estate law. In this quarter’s edition: - Mark Beardwood looks at service charge...more

Ninth Circuit Widens Judges’ Discretion to Allocate CERCLA Contribution Damages

Trial court may select the method of accounting for prior settlement in allocating response costs among liable parties, but claims to recover settlement payments are limited to costs consistent with the National Contingency...more

Inside the New York Budget Bill: 2015 – 2016 Budget Legislation

In This Issue: - Technical Correction .. Economic Nexus .. Tax Base and Income Classifications .. Tax Rates and Qualified New York Manufacturers .. Apportionment .. Combined Reporting .. Net...more

Australian Tax Alert: The Meaning Of "Creditable Purpose" In The Australian GST Act

Justice Davies recently handed down her decision in the case of Rio Tinto Services Ltd v FCT [2015] FCA 94, reported at 2015 WTB 7 [174]. This important test case considers the meaning of the expression "creditable purpose"...more

Joinder of defendants in apportionable claims: a question of justice

A recent Western Australian Court of Appeal case demonstrates the circumstances in which a court will join a prospective defendant in an apportionable claim. In Hart v JGC Accounting & Financial Services Pty Ltd...more

New York State Division of Tax Appeals Renders Long-Awaited Decision Regarding Corporate Franchise Tax Sourcing of Services and...

For years, both the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (the “Department”) and the New York City Department of Finance have aggressively sought to classify receipts generated by electronic or online service...more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (4th Quarter 2014)

Case Updates - California Supreme Court Accepts Review of Documentary Transfer Tax Case In our last quarterly update, we reported on a controversial opinion recently published by a California Court of Appeal. In 926...more

In SEP Assertion Cases, Apportionment Trumps Entire Market Rule - Ericsson, Inc. v. D-Link Sys. Inc., et al.

Ericsson, Inc. v. D-Link Sys. Inc., et al. - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed a spectrum of issues surrounding industry standards for electronic devices that wirelessly access the internet,...more

A Quick Overview of Substantive Changes in Final Massachusetts Market Sourcing Regulation 830 CMR 63.38.1—From 10/30/14 Draft to...

As we reported on Friday, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue has promulgated its final regulations governing the apportionment of income (830 CMR 63.38.1). The regulations implement legislation that mandates...more

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