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Decision on Unitary Group Stands after Michigan Supreme Court Chooses Not to Review

On January 24, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court denied the application filed by the Michigan Department of Treasury (the "Department") for leave to appeal the Court of Appeals' published decision in LaBelle Management v...more

4 Tips for Entrepreneurs (or Anyone) to Climb out of the Political Hole of Despair - Guest Post by Danielle Ewalt

I had a coaching call this morning with a client and before we even started, she stopped me.  “I haven’t gotten anything done.  I’ve been so consumed by current political events that haven’t even looked at what I was supposed...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Starting a New Business? Include These Five Provisions in Every Formation Agreement"

The ultimate success of a business often rests on the ability of its owners to make sound decisions up front - an ounce of prevention, if you will - and avoid bigger problems that might arise later. This principle...more

Client Alert: State Supreme Court Decision Creates Limited Tax Refund Opportunities

Taxpayers who filed as, or were included as a member of, a unitary business group could qualify for a refund following a decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals that the Michigan Supreme Court chose to let stand on January...more

Leadership Transition in Prominent Seattle Family Business

Founded in 1928, Seattle-based Uwajimaya is transitioning to its third generation of leadership for the family-owned retail chain. Denise Moriguchi will take over as CEO next month, and has big plans for the company. As...more

Operating Agreement Trumps Falsified Liquor License Application In Dispute Over LLC Membership

Oh, the things that can happen when the LLC members identified in the company’s operating agreement differ from those identified in official documents submitted to government agencies....more

Final Regulations Released Regarding PFIC Ownership Determination and Annual Reporting Requirements

On December 27, 2016, the Treasury Department (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final regulations regarding the determination of ownership of a passive foreign investment company ("PFIC") and regarding...more

Do You Blur the Lines Between Your Separate Companies? The Courts Might Too.

Is your business divided into separate entities? It isn’t an uncommon practice. Business owners often establish separate legal entities to manage different aspects of their business. One reason for doing so is to prevent the...more

Being Prepared To File Business Divorce Litigation May Yield a Negotiated Agreement

Business owners who are having a dispute with their business partners (in New Jersey) should not read this blog and assume their only remedy is shareholder dispute litigation. Because of the cost – both in legal fees, and to...more

Blog: Insurance for Your Startup: Is It Worth It?

As your company grows, you should start thinking about insurance as a way in which to protect your business. Types of Insurance - Buying insurance is an up-front cost. Whether it is worth it is a balancing exercise,...more

Sweepstakes Attorneys: Protecting Your Promotions

Promotions Law and Sweepstakes Attorneys - Conducting a sweepstakes, contest or other form of promotion can be a highly effective way of increasing your customer base, or creating stronger brand loyalty among existing...more

Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Commission frees purchaser of the poor WCB record of the company it acquired

In this case, a public company (Newco) had purchased the assets and undertaking of a business (Oldco) as part of a larger national transaction.  Newco then carried on the business under a new name and a new corporate...more

Ohio Purchasers May Unwittingly Assume Seller’s Workers’ Compensation History

An issue of great importance that many corporate attorneys neglect to properly address in finalizing an acquisition, asset purchase or merger is the seller’s workers’ compensation history. If the buyer is going to remain in...more

The Non-family CEO in the Family Business

In June of this year, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP hosted its fourth annual Farm to Label summit in Portland, Oregon. One of the programs of the day was a panel mediated by DWT’s Drew Steen on the role of a non-family member...more

Loi Travail : Les nouvelles précisions en matière de transfert d’entreprise

Labour law: business transfer new information regarding - Five provisions of the Labour Law concerning the transfer of undertakings and are directly applicable since 10 August 2016....more

[Webinar] Life Insurance to Fund Buyouts or Loss of a Key Person: Practical Ways to Avoid Tax Traps and Other Pitfalls - September...

Life insurance can help a business that loses an owner or other key person. Although life insurance death benefits can be tax-free, part or all of the benefits are taxable if not done the right way. Please join Steven B....more

For Love or Money: Considering Prenuptial Agreements

The question of prenuptial agreements comes up often in multi-generational family- owned businesses. The question is typically raised by mom or dad, or maybe grandmother or grandfather, and goes something like: “We’re all...more

Eight Is One More Than Enough

The observation that “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission” is attributed to early computer programmer Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992). (Hopper developed the first compiler for a computer...more

Dismissing Lawsuits Against Owners of New York Nursing Homes

There are many state and federal statutes which provide personal liability against the owners of businesses that are operated through corporate or other legal forms such as Limited Liability Company’s (“LLC’s”). One such...more

Hallmark 7-Third-Party Due Diligence and Payments

There are five steps in the life cycle of third party management. - Business Justification and Business Sponsor; - Questionnaire to Third Party; - Due Diligence on Third Party; - Compliance...more

IRS Proposes New Rules for Valuing Interests in Family-Owned Businesses

Earlier this month, the IRS issued long-awaited proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code that, if adopted, will have a substantial impact on traditional estate planning techniques commonly utilized...more

Game Changer? Succession Planning Targeted by IRS

The Department of the Treasury wants to place limitations on valuation discounts that are currently commonly used to reduce asset values in family-owned and closely-held businesses, in an effort to increase tax revenue. The...more

Pokemon Go Away: Monsters Creating Nuisance Problems

This game has been all the rage since July. Engadget reports over 100 million downloads of Pokemon Go, racking up $10 million each day in revenue for game makers Niantic, The Pokemon Company and Nintendo. It’s a beast. ...more

Possible Changes Coming for Valuations of Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies

On Tuesday, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations which will make it more difficult to pass wealth to future generations while minimizing estate and gift taxes. For decades families...more

The Next Generation

Almost by definition, a family-owned business consists of multiple generations of owners and operators. The different generations may have different visions for the business, but they are usually all aligned on wanting what...more

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