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AOB Reform Bill Passes Florida House, Senate Future Uncertain

On January 12, 2018, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill (HB 7015) that would dramatically affect the way contractors and their lawyers use assignments of benefits (“AOBs”) in first-party property insurance...more

Treasury Department Urges SEC to Act on Life Company Products

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury published an October 2017 report, "A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities — Asset Management and Insurance" in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13772 on "Core...more

France Launches Online Consultation on Transforming the French Economy and Growing Business in France - PACTE

by Bryan Cave on

President Emmanuel Macron promised that he would transform and modernize the French economy and improve the legal and regulatory climate to facilitate the growth of business. To this end, the French Government has put forward...more

Congratulations to Vermont

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Last week, the Vermont House and Senate passed H.511, which seeks to permit recreational- and adult-use marijuana in the state. The law would remove civil penalties by allowing individuals to possess one ounce or less of...more

Tax Law Changes Affecting Equipment Leasing Companies

by Baker Donelson on

The changes to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code) under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) are quite favorable to equipment leasing companies. This memorandum is a brief summary of the most significant...more

New Tax Bill: Areas of Interest for Small Businesses

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) provides the most comprehensive tax reform in more than three decades. Small and medium business owners will find that the Act reduces their total taxes both on an entity and an...more

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part III - Cannabis, LAFCO Law and a Round Up of Other New Laws Impacting Public Agencies

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Legislature was busy in 2017, which means plenty of laws passed in Sacramento that will impact public agencies. In this three-part series, Best Best & Krieger LLP gives a comprehensive summary of the new laws...more

Sessions Isn’t Blowing Smoke—Marijuana Enforcement Is Back on the Books

by Blank Rome LLP on

At the beginning of January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memorandum rescinding the Obama-era approach to marijuana enforcement, which had largely been “hands-off” on prosecuting marijuana users and...more

Commerce Submits Steel Section 232 Report to the President

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On Thursday, January 11, the U.S. Department of Commerce formally submitted to the President the results of its investigation into the effect of steel mill product imports on U.S. National Security. The President now has 90...more

Welcome Ontario's new Construction Act

by Dentons on

On December 5, 2017, Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 (the Bill), was passed by a unanimous vote of the Ontario legislature. The Bill incorporates almost all of the recommendations set out in an in-depth...more

Eurasia Group’s Top Risks 2018: Impacts for Canadian Business

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Eurasia Group has released its annual forecast of the political risks that are most likely to play out over the course of 2018. As a Senior Advisor with Eurasia Group, I’m pleased to share the risks that have the greatest...more

Florida Judge Issues Temporary Injunction Regarding Portion Of Medical Marijuana Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last week, Leon County, Florida Circuit Judge Charles Dodson granted a temporary injunction sought by Columbus Smith regarding a portion of the Florida law passed last year to implement Amendment Two (medical marijuana). I...more

New Fed Cannabis Policy Hits California Local Government - Potential Fiscal Impacts and Confusion

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Just days after the sale of recreational cannabis became legal in California, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new policy regarding cannabis-related activities that is causing confusion for local governments — and...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: 2018 Proxy Season Pointers, Disclosing the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” Shareholder...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The end of a year and beginning of the next generally starts the countdown to the public company proxy season. But before moving into 2018, registrants would be well served by first looking back to the guidance that came out...more

Obscure Provision of New Tax Act Complicates Testamentary Tax Planning for Nonresidents with U.S. Beneficiaries

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Nonresidents with a significant portfolio of U.S. stocks typically use a non-U.S. corporation to hold their portfolio. This is because U.S. stocks are generally subject to U.S. estate taxes at the death of their owner, and...more

Effect Of The Sessions Memorandum On State Medical Marijuana Programs

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a Memorandum rescinding the Obama Administration’s “hands off” policy with respect to the prosecution of licensed cannabis distribution in states where medical or...more

2018 Environmental, Health, and Safety Outlook for Manufacturers

Reduced Regulation - We all know that one of President Trump’s goals is to streamline and minimize regulations. Among other things, Executive Order 13771 indicated that, for every regulation to be passed, two had to be...more

Choice of Entity: Are Partnerships Still More Tax Efficient After Tax Reform?

by Clark Hill PLC on

Prior to tax reform, tax considerations tipped the scale heavily in favor of operating a business through a partnership or other pass-through entity rather than a corporation. Now that the corporate income tax rate has been...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 2

Ohio Supreme Court Joins Texas and Oklahoma in Holding the State Does Not Recognize a Separate Implied Covenant to Explore Further - "We conclude that Ohio does not recognize an 'implied covenant to explore further'...more

The Repeal Of The Section 162(M) Performance-Based Exception - The End Of Performance Pay?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") expanded the scope of the $1 million dollar deduction limitation under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended ("Section 162(m)") and, subject to a transition...more

More On Status Of FinCEN’s Marijuana Banking Guidance

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post regarding the status of FinCEN’s 2014 marijuana banking guidance in light of the Attorney General’s policy reversal on marijuana enforcement at the federal level, we have received written...more

Tax Bill Means Changes to Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law a tax bill reconciling both the House and Senate versions of the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Act’s major provisions are lowering the corporate tax rate to 21%...more

Tax Reform: Sweeping Changes To Federal Tax Law And The Impact On Businesses And Individuals

by Akerman LLP on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law what is commonly referred to as the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (the "Act"). The Act makes significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") and affects a broad...more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

The “Real Dirt” Tax Reform and the Real Estate Industry

by Burr & Forman on

Just prior to 2017 year end, Congress passed tax legislation that legislators and tax pundits alike describe as the most significant overhaul of the Internal Revenue Code since the 1986 Tax Act] championed by President Ronald...more

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