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Tax Review - June 2015

In This Issue: - Compensation for Uncollectible Debts Deprives Taxpayers of Their Eligibility to Benefit from VAT Relief for Bad Debts - Polish Definition of The First Occupation Inconsistent with the VAT...more

Lessons Learned from the Robin Williams Litigation

Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014, and it did not take long for litigation to be filed over his estate, or more specifically, his living trust. Mr. Williams last rewrote his trust in January 2012, not long after marrying...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 4 - April 2015

In This Issue: - State Tribunal Affirms Decision Imposing Sales Tax on Information Services - Appellate Division Upholds Applicability of Sales Tax to Environmental Testing and Monitoring Services - Bulk...more

Don’t Forget About Domain Names

One aspect of intellectual property law that doesn’t get as much attention as it maybe should is domain names. For those of you internet-savvy readers out there (who I assume is most of you), you already know that domain...more

SOX, the Destruction of Evidence And Dr. Seuss: Is a Fish A Tangible Object?

Section 1519 was passed as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the wake of Enron’s massive accounting fraud. The section was designed to fill a gap in the law by preventing corporate document-shredding to conceal evidence of...more

SCOTUS Rules No Felony for Throwing the Little Ones Overboard

The case, Yates v. United States, arose from a offshore inspection of a commercial fishing vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. During the inspection, a federal agent found that the ship’s catch contained undersized red grouper, in...more

Is your confidential information “property” if it does not qualify as a trade secret?

The answer likely is “no” according to a recent decision from a federal court in San Francisco. The plaintiff in that case, a data storage company, alleged that a competitor misappropriated its trade secrets by illegally...more

Socially Aware - Volume 6, Issue 1 - January/February 2015

In This Issue: - Good Rep: Social Media Assets in M&A Transactions - Narrow Vision: Did Anti-Glass Hysteria Contribute to the Demise of Google Glass? - Forced to Cyber-Spy: Court Rules Parents Can Be Held...more

Insight on Estate Planning - February/March 2015

In This Issue: - Estate planning for young families: Flexibility is the key - Get smart when tackling estate planning for intellectual property - Avoiding undue influence claims - Estate Planning Pitfall:...more

New Year – Consider a Trademark Audit

A trademark is an intangible asset of the company that, like most assets, should be audited periodically. Ideally, a trademark audit examines and evaluates the strengths, weaknesses, and relative value of a company's...more

Second Circuit Denies Petition for En Banc Review of Fairfield Decision

On January 13, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied a petition for en banc review of the Second Circuit’s September 2014 panel decision holding that bankruptcy courts are required to review the...more

Trademark Assignments: Keeping it Valid

After a trademark achieves federal registration, ownership of the mark may change hands for a variety of reasons. When a trademark owner transfers their ownership in a particular mark to someone else, it is called an...more

What’s in a Like?

In the pre-Facebook era, the word “like” was primarily a verb (and an interjection sprinkled throughout valley girls’ conversations). Although you could have likes and dislikes in the sense of preferences, you could not give...more

Beyond Borders: The Power to Block the International Flow of Digital Files

With the advance of digital technology, courts are being forced to deal with the legal ramifications beyond the borders of the United States. In a previous post, we discussed the potential impact of the decision in Motorola...more

California Seeks to Clarify Standards of Review for Hotel Property Tax Assessment Appeals

Hotels are one of the most misunderstood properties when valued by local assessors for property tax purposes. A hotel’s enterprise activity is comprised of tangible property, in the form of real estate and personal property,...more

To Catch an E-Thief — Under Federal Property Law

As businesses move away from paper documents, courts are poised to broaden ‘conversion’ definition. The fundamental shift for busi­nesses in the past 15 years from paper documents to computer data has forced the courts...more

Unclaimed Funds: Requirements, Penalties, and Relief for Holders of Unreported Funds

“Unclaimed funds” are all intangible property (such as savings accounts, checking accounts, unclaimed wages, dividends, credit balances and many other types of outstanding checks and balances payable) unclaimed by its owner...more

IRS Updates Accounting Method Procedures for Repair Regs

In new Rev. Proc. 2014-54, the IRS modified the procedures to obtain the IRS consent to a change in method of accounting for dispositions of tangible depreciable property. This relates to the ”repair regulations“ finalzed...more

Top 4 Innovations Driving Growth in the Global Sukuk Market

The Sukuk Opportunity - Total Sukuk issuances for 2013 stood at approximately US$120 billion and the Sukuk market is likely to sustain double-digit growth in the coming two to three years with assets in Islamic finance...more

Intangible Services, Rights And Digital Content: Global VAT Guide

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Global VAT Guide: Cross Border Supplies of Intangible Services, Rights and Digital Content. As business grows more global, the challenge for in-house counsel and in-house VAT specialists is...more

New York Ruling Raises Questions About The Taxation of Cloud Computing Services

When you were a child, lying faceup on a grassy knoll in the yard, staring at the clouds, what did you see? Animals? Faces? Tall ships on the high seas? Or perhaps you felt left out and never understood why people claimed to...more

Washington State Proposes Increasing Scope of B&O and Sales Taxes

The Washington Department of Revenue recently announced that it intends to substantially revise Rule 193, its administrative rule regarding B&O and sales taxation on sales of tangible personal property. Major proposed changes...more

Tax Law Alert: Sales Factor Excludes Amounts Received from the Sale of Goodwill

In a case argued by Stoel Rives, the Oregon Supreme Court upheld the judgment of the Oregon Tax Court in favor of Tektronix, Inc. The Supreme Court ruled that, for purposes of apportioning income, the sales factor excluded...more

Ownership of Business-Related Social Media Accounts

Social media platforms have become an increasingly important means for companies to build and manage their brands and to interact with their customers, in many cases eclipsing companies’ traditional “.com” websites. Social...more

Oregon Supreme Court Decides Sales Factor Case

On December 12, 2013, the Oregon Supreme Court issued its decision in Tektronix, Inc. v. Oregon Dep’t. of Revenue. The court held that the taxpayer’s receipts from the sale of goodwill, making up a part of the sale of a...more

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