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Final Endangered Species Act Policy Revises Definition of “Significant Portion of Its Range”

On July 1, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service jointly published a final policy providing their interpretation of the phrase ‘‘significant portion of its range,’’ which is part...more

NC Court Of Appeals: Foreclosures and Immutability

Can a law passed by a Legislature be called "immutable?" (that means it's ageless, not ever subject to change). The Court of Appeals used that word this week in Heaton-Sides v. State Employees Credit Union to describe...more

Appeals Court Liberally Interprets Credit Repair Statute

Recently the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the appeal of Stout v. FreeScore, LLC concerning the scope of the Credit Repair Organizations Act (“CROA”). The result is not good for advertisers of credit...more

Hodgson Russ Lawyers Win Residency Case At New York’s Court Of Appeals

As many of our clients and friends learned yesterday, the New York State Court of Appeals has issued its highly-anticipated decision in John Gaied v. New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal. The court’s decision, in a victory for...more

Supreme Court Justices Consider Taxability of Certain Severance Pay During Quality Stores Oral Arguments

Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., a case on appeal from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. A circuit court split had spurred the Court to hear the...more

Is LLC Veil Piercing Really “Not Required By Statute”?

Professor Stephen Bainbridge begins his abstract Abolishing LLC Veil Piercing with the following assertion: Courts are now routinely applying the corporate law doctrine of veil piercing to limited liability companies. ...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Limitations and Repose for Architects and Contractors

November was a relatively light month for the Illinois Supreme Court on the civil docket, with only one civil case on for argument. Today, we report on the oral argument in Gillespie Community Unit School Dist. No. 7 v. Wight...more

The Supreme Court Downplays the Blue Book’s Interpretative Value

On December 3, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States dismissed the applicability of the Blue Book, a commentary of recently passed tax laws prepared by the Joint Committee on Taxation, as little more than a law review...more

Construction Law Alert: Minnesota Supreme Court Acknowledges "Trap" For Subcontractors In Safety Signs Ruling

Subcontractors and suppliers take careful note. Last week, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a ruling in which it admitted that a statute created "a trap for the unwary" subcontractor or supplier that files a claim under the...more

A Pinch of SALT: 20 Years of Ambiguity in Addback Statutes

It has been more than 20 years since Ohio enacted legislation requiring taxpayers to add back some expenses paid to related parties for state income tax purposes. Since then, more than 20 states have enacted similar...more

Illinois Supreme Court: Withholding Notice Invalid Without Strict Compliance With Statute

This morning, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Schultz v. Performance Lighting, Inc. Schultz presented a question relating to domestic relations and child support cases: is a notice to withhold...more

Paper or Plastic? A Question for California's Courts

The California Environmental Quality Act, better known as “CEQA,” has proved to be fertile ground for the raising of legal challenges to public agency action throughout the state. Indeed, CEQA is without a doubt one of the...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Listening in the Dark at the NCBJ  [Video]

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia asks Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle how he responded when the lights went out during his luncheon keynote speech at the annual convention of the National...more

When is a Whistleblower Not a Whistleblower?

Even though Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act more than three years ago, the basic question of who can claim the anti-retaliation protections of that law are less clear than ever....more

Arbitration Clause In Collective Bargaining Agreement Doesn’t Cover Statutory Claims, Court of Appeal Rules

In Mendez v. Mid-Wilshire Health Care Center, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held that the arbitration provision in a collective bargaining agreement governing a plaintiff’s employment did...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Guaranty Fund's Indemnity Payments Not Limited By Statutory Cap

In Illinois (as in every other state), when an insurance company becomes insolvent and an order of liquidation is entered, the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund steps in and pays claims that the insolvent carrier could not...more

Texas Department of Insurance Takes Narrow Interpretation of Code Concerning Construction Payment Bond Claims

Chapter 3503 of the Texas Insurance Code (the Insurance Code) governs the obligations of sureties in handling of claims under construction payment bonds. Recently, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) communicated its...more

Insureds Must Exhaust Coverage From Solvent Insurers

On September 24, 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that policyholders must look to its solvent insurers before seeking benefits from the New Jersey Property-Liability Insurance Guaranty Association (“Guaranty...more

Argument Report: Are Statutory Penalties Under the Employee Classification Act Constitutional?

Bartlow v. Costigan involves a constitutional challenge: can the Department of Labor return administrative fines against construction contractors under the Employee Classification Act without mandatory evidentiary hearings?...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Hears Dramshop Act Case

With the Illinois Supreme Court asking somewhat fewer questions than it generally does, it was unclear how the Court might decide Rogers v. Imeri, the Dramshop Act case the Court heard last week. Rogers arises from...more

New Jersey Appellate Division Holds Aider And Abettor Liability Can Be Imposed On A Supervisor For His Or Her Own Affirmative...

In Rowan v. Hartford Plaza Ltd., 2013 WL 1350095 (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 5, 2013) (unpub.), the New Jersey Appellate Division held—in an unpublished opinion—that individual supervisors are subject to “aiding and abetting”...more

This Picture Is Worth 471 Words (More or Less)

Monday is the big day for the SEC’s “Bad Actor” and “General Solicitation” rule amendments. I’ve previously observed that many are likely to find the Bad Actor amendments to be bad rules when it comes to compliance. ...more

Can You Waive the Right to a “Fair Market Value” Hearing?

We finally have an answer to the question of whether parties can contractually waive the right to a “fair market value” hearing under Arizona law – and the answer, according to the Court of Appeals – is “no.” ...more

Ninth Circuit’s Fanciful Interpretation of the Clean Water Act Ripe for another Reversal?

Shortly after admonishing the Ninth Circuit for its strained interpretation of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), the Supreme Court may be asked to repeat itself. On January 8, 2013, in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v....more

August 2013: Appellate Update

U.S. Supreme Court Concludes October 2012 Term. The U.S. Supreme Court concluded its October 2012 Term in June with a number of highly publicized cases on issues like race and gay marriage, but equally notable are the Term’s...more

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