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Texas Renews Efforts to Require Cash Redemption of Certain Stored Value Cards

Texas renews effort to require that certain stored value cards be redeemable for cash if the balance on the card is less than $2.50. In early March, Texas House Bill 2391 was introduced. It would require a cash refund...more

FTC Settles with Technology Company for Allegedly Misleading Consumers about Refunds

On April 7, the FTC announced a proposed settlement of an administrative complaint alleging that a web hosting provider violated the Federal Trade Commission Act. According to the press release, the company offered web...more

And the Defense Wins

In Banner Life Insurance Co. v. Jacqueline L. Noel, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 1539 (4th Cir. 2013), aff’g 861 F. Supp. 2d 701 (E.D. Va. 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s...more

Premium Refund Theory in Insurance Class Action Rejected By Michigan Federal District Court

One theory that has been raised by plaintiffs’ lawyers in some insurance class actions is that policyholders should receive a partial refund of their premiums because they are not receiving the coverage they paid for, or...more

Revised CFPB Ability to Repay Rule Allows Excess Points and Fees Refunds for Qualified Mortgages

The Dodd-Frank Act amended the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) to require a creditor making a residential mortgage loan to make a reasonable and good faith determination (based on verified and documented information) that, at the...more

The D.C. Circuit Remands FERC Order Denying Refunds for Changes to Cost Allocation

On December 5, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit remanded an order of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denying refunds to certain Louisiana-based utility companies for rates that...more

FTC $19 Million Settlement with Google: Unauthorized In-App Charges Are Not Child’s Play

The FTC recently approved a final Order resolving allegations that Google unfairly billed customers millions of dollars for unauthorized charges made by children using mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play app store....more

Pennsylvania Court Recognizes That A Payment Required By Law Is Not A “Voluntary Payment” Requiring The Insurer’s Consent

If you are required by law to perform an act, the act is not “voluntary.” This proposition may seem obvious enough to most, but one insurer recently needed to be reminded of this common sense point by a Pennsylvania federal...more

Leases Not Subject to Business Privilege Taxes - Commonwealth Court Case Presents Refund Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, in a 5-2 decision, held that the Local Tax Enabling Act ("LTEA") bars taxing jurisdictions from imposing business privilege taxes, on leases or lease transactions. Fish, Hrabick and...more

Texas High Court Holds State’s Unclaimed Property Act Does Not Preclude Cy Pres Distribution Of Unclaimed Class Action Settlement...

In a 5-4 decision, the Texas Supreme Court held that the cy pres provision of a class action settlement was not subject to the state’s Unclaimed Property Act. After the trial court certified a class of subcontractors whose...more

No Refund Of Extension Overpayment Followed By A Code §6166 Election

If an estate files to extend the due date of its Form 706 estate tax return, it can elect to defer the portion of the estimated estate tax that will be deferred pursuant to its Code §6166 election. It does not make the...more

Medicare’s 60-Day Proposed Refund Rule Imposes Significant Liability on Providers

As part of the Affordable Care Act, Congress outlined the process for providers to return Medicare and Medicaid overpayments. In 2012, CMS proposed the 60-day Refund Rule, as it is commonly known, requiring Medicare providers...more

Stay Tuned: Connecticut Bill Would Require Cash Refunds of Gift Card Balances

Connecticut may join a number of states that currently require merchants to provide the remaining balances on gift cards to consumers in cash upon request....more

The Stimulus Shall Continue: IRS Gives OK to Current Refundings of Recovery Zone Facility Bonds

The Internal Revenue Service has announced in Notice 2014-9 that current refunding issues of Recovery Zone Facility Bonds qualify as tax-exempt provided that the current refunding issue meets certain requirements. Generally,...more

IRS Releases Guidance on Current Refunding of Recovery Zone Facility Bond Issues

On January 13, 2014, the IRS released Notice 2014-9 which contains guidance on the refunding of Recovery Zone Facility Bonds (“RZFBs”) with another issue of RZFBs if certain conditions are met....more

CFPB Announces Healthcare Credit Card Enforcement Action Over Deferred-Interest Financing

On December 10, the CFPB released a consent order with a federal savings association, pursuant to which the bank will refund approximately $34 million to more than one million credit card holders who were enrolled in...more

"Meaningful" Errors Require Hospital System To Refund $31M

In what is reported to be the largest repayment to date involving "meaningful use" incentive payments, Naples, Florida-based Health Management Associates, Inc. ("HMA"), with 71 inpatient facilities in 15 states, including...more

Second Circuit Reaffirms Taxpayer’s Use of Protective Refund Claims

On September 9, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the District Court had jurisdiction to hear the taxpayer’s case based on the taxpayer’s use of a protective refund claim....more

Tengberg, Celentino, and Bistrow Author Article on Restructuring Private Golf Clubs

Partners Van A. Tengberg, Christopher Celentino, and Mikel R. Bistrow authored an article in the July 2013 issue of Golf Inc. Monthly titled, “Restructuring the Private Club: How to Deal With Refundable Membership Liability.”...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 7, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - Providing a level playing field for renewables - PV-Magazine - Apr 26: U.S. Senators have decided to level the playing field for renewable energy sources by providing investors in renewable...more

Sutherland SALT Shaker: April 2013 Digest

In this issue: - California Court of Appeal: No Man May Profit From His Own Wrongdoing in a Court of Justice - The (True) Object of My Affection: A Nontaxable Stock Screening Service - Alternate Universe...more

Texas Taxpayers May See Relief

A Texas District Court recently interpreted the Texas Tax Code and determined a particular Texas Comptroller's Rule improperly narrows the state statute. The Texas Comptroller's Rule 3.589(c)(2) effectively required taxpayers...more

Opportunities for Real Estate Transfer Tax Refunds in Pennsylvania

Taxpayers that paid Pennsylvania or Philadelphia real estate transfer tax on certain transactions involving real property located in Philadelphia during the period July 1, 2012 through January 5, 2012 may be entitled to...more

Sixth Circuit Denies Government Motion for Rehearing in Quality Stores Employment Tax Challenge

The Sixth Circuit has unanimously and summarily denied a Government request for en banc rehearing of a taxpayer-favorable ruling in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., 693 F.3d 605 (6th Cir. Sept. 7, 2012)....more

IRS Provides Administrative Guidance On Excludable Transportation Benefit Limits, Retroactively Increased As Of January 1, 2012

On January 16, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2013-8 providing a special administrative procedure for employers with respect to 2012 transit benefits. Under Section 132(f) of the Internal Revenue Code...more

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