Business Privilege

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Cooperation, the SEC and FOIA

A critical part of cooperating with an SEC or DOJ investigation for FCPA or other possible violations is the production of documents. In order for the company to assess what happened it must conduct an internal investigation...more

Privilege for Patent and Trademark Agents

As a result of Bill C-59, when passed, clients will enjoy a statutory privilege in their confidential communications with Canadian patent and trademark agents. This will provide Canadian clients who use patent and...more

Business Privilege Taxes Paid On Leases Refund/Appeal Filing Needed By March/April 2015

On September 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in Fish, Hrabrick and Briskin v. Township of Lower Merion, No. 1940 C.D. 2013, held that lease receipts are not taxable under local business privilege tax ordinances....more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide If Accountant-Client Privilege Applies to Will Contests

In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a petition for leave to appeal in Brunton v. Kruger. Brunton involves the scope of the accountant-client privilege – more specifically, what...more

FTC Loses Another Privilege Battle

In two recent cases, the FTC has brought federal court challenges to either parties’ or subpoena recipients’ claims of privilege – and so far, the FTC has lost both times. For attorneys who regularly practice before the FTC,...more

Focus on Tax Controversy & Litigation - July 2013

In this issue: - District Court Protects Opinion Work Product Contained in Tax Accrual Workpapers in Wells Fargo - IRS Restricts Private Letter Rulings for Spin-Offs and Other Corporate Nonrecognition...more

PA Supreme Court Invalidates Local “Flat Tax” on Businesses

In Shelly Funeral Home, Inc. v. Warrington Township, 30 MAP 2010 (December 18, 2012), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed a 2010 decision of the Commonwealth Court and held that a business privilege “flat tax” ordinance...more

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