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Missing the trust issue: Litigators beware

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

In 2017, South Carolina’s Supreme Court decided The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina [the “Disassociated Diocese”] v. The Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America [the...more

Transaction Structuring Matters: North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Rooftop Solar Power Purchase Agreements

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A North Carolina appeals court has reminded energy developers in the state of the importance of structuring a transaction so as not to trigger the state’s utility franchise laws. For one unfortunate developer, that reminder...more

Soup, Salvation and Overtime: Sixth Circuit Takes Up Televangelist’s FLSA Appeal

Are you entitled to FLSA coverage if you are doing the Lord’s work? In March 2017, a federal district court in Ohio answered “yes” and awarded almost $400,000 to unpaid employees/volunteers of a church restaurant....more

New York Appellate Court Curtails NY AG Investigatory Subpoena on Constitutional Grounds

by Jones Day on

On June 21, 2017, a New York appellate court curtailed on constitutional grounds an investigative subpoena issued by the New York Attorney General. In the Matter of Evergreen Assoc., Inc., 54 N.Y.S.2d. 135 (App. Div. 2017)....more

Court Holds That Board Of Trustees Of A Nonprofit Do Not Owe The Same Duties As A Trustee Of A Trust

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In Young v. Heins, Young brought third-party claims against the board of trustees of a nonprofit home owner association for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, breach of contract,...more

Brooklyn Supreme Court Recognizes Private Right of Action for Not-for-Profit Employees under New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act...

Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”) § 715-b, enacted as part of the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act, requires New York not-for-profit corporations with 20 or more employees and annual revenue in excess of $1 million...more

Protections afforded to Massachusetts' ancient burial grounds

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

See Charles E. Rounds, Jr., Protections Afforded to Massachusetts’ Ancient Burial Grounds, 73 Massachusetts Law Review176 (1988). Here is an external link to the article:...more

Delayed Enforcement of New York Donor Disclosure Requirements for 501(c)(3) Organizations

A federal court development has delayed enforcement of the recently enacted New York State legislation (described in our prior blog post) requiring 501(c)(3) organizations to publicly disclose the identities of certain donors...more

Be Aware Belgium - October 2016

by DLA Piper on

In principle, this is only possible after termination of the employment contract, provided a settlement agreement has been concluded with his employer. In order to be valid, a settlement agreement must meet various...more

Sole interest or best interest: Equity's traditional default loyalty principle is under attack

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

Some in academia have been advocating that trustees generally be held to a best-interest-of-beneficiary default standard rather than the traditional and more rigorous sole-interest-of-beneficiary default standard. See Loring...more

Surprising Result in Supreme Court Contraceptive Decision

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an unusual decision in the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to reach the high court. In Zubik v. Burwell, the Court consolidated appeals filed by religious nonprofit...more

State disclosure laws suffer a setback - Federal court grants charitable nonprofit's request for permanent injunction blocking...

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Late last week, the US District Court for the Central District of California struck a blow against the California Attorney General's Office and other supporters of the state's ongoing efforts to expand the public disclosure...more

The Boomerang Effect and Tax Exempt Organizations

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (“PATH”) Act of 2015, contained a provision by which tax-exempt organizations (a “TO”) could challenge revocation of exempt status by virtue of the filing of a declaratory judgment in...more

Is there a practical difference between Equitable Deviation and Cy Pres when it comes to seeking modification under the Uniform...

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

Assume an income-only charitable trust with the following administrative term: The trustee may only invest in “insured bank accounts and government securities.” Section 412(b) of the Uniform Trust Code (UTC) provides that a...more

Religious Institutions Update: January 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued on Dec. 17, 2015, a memorandum instructing its examiners not to conduct employment tax audits of churches without getting in touch with a high-ranking Treasury...more

Business Court Denies TRO In The Midst of A Proxy Fight

by Brooks Pierce on

The Defendant in Allcorn v. Bradley Creek Boatominium, Inc. sought an injunction against the Plaintiffs in the midst of a proxy fight as to their allegedly defamatory statements in connection with the election of the...more

Directors of Nonprofit Held Financially Liable for Relying on Incompetent Officers and Lack of Oversight

In a striking decision earlier this year, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury’s findings of liability for breach of fiduciary duties and ‘deepening insolvency,’ and the award of $2.25 million in compensatory...more

Whistleblower verdict upheld against Chicago State University

A Cook County judge recently upheld the verdict in a whistleblower case against Chicago State University. In February 2014, former university employee James Crowley told a jury that Chicago State fired him after he reported...more

Could it be that the Uniform Trust Code would effectively immunize the trustee of a revocable inter vivos trust from liability for...

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

Section 603 of the Uniform Trust Code provides that while a trust is revocable and the settlor has capacity to revoke the trust, rights of the beneficiaries, such as the equitable remaindermen, are subject to the control of,...more

New York Federal Court Dismisses Derivative Suit Against Sons of Norway Executives

On February 6, the US Court for the Eastern District of New York dismissed a derivative suit against the CEO, general counsel and former international president of Sons of Norway, a fraternal organization. Former members of a...more

Standing to Seek Enforcement of Charitable Trusts

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

“It is the duty of the king, as parens patriae, to protect property devoted to charitable use; and that duty is executed by the officer who represents the crown for all forensic purposes.” Jackson v. Phillips, 96 Mass. (14...more

Religious Institutions Update - November 2013

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Diminished donations have led many faith-based organizations to become more creative about increasing revenue. Sometimes these organizations look beyond ordinary ministry functions to supplement income with unrelated...more

The Uniform Trust Code’s stealth attack on the Trustee’s time-honored duty to defend his trust

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

One of the critical duties of a trustee traditionally has been to defend his trust against internal attacks. By that I mean to defend the trust against those who, in contravention of the settlor’s intentions as expressed in...more

Amendments to Russian Urban Development Code: Clarifications on Tort Liability

by Morgan Lewis on

Significant amendments affecting the liability of self-regulating organizations and building owners became effective on 1 July 2013. ...more

Discrimination In California Business Establishments: The Unruh Act

While you’d be hard pressed to find a California lawyer who doesn’t know that discrimination against business patron is unlawful, many are not familiar with the California law barring such discrimination – the Unruh Act....more

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