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Employers Beware: Tax Law Change Eliminates Tax Deductions Relating to Certain Settlements

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The #MeToo movement has had far-reaching implications and appears to have influenced the new federal tax law. The legislation contains a provision that has received little attention but that may have serious, unintended...more

New and Proposed Tax Legislation Present New Difficulties for Employers Attempting to Settle Sexual Harassment Claims

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Most employers have heard of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on December 22, 2017, and have contemplated what it may mean for them. What has been largely overlooked, however, is a denial of deduction buried deep in...more

Settling Discrimination Complaints in Wisconsin

by Ruder Ware on

A recent decision from the Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission has placed a cloud over the settlement of discrimination complaints in Wisconsin. The cloud may not be very dark, but it is a matter that needs to be...more

New Tax Act Bars Deductions for Settlements Related to Certain Sexual Harassment Claims

The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) has been touted as the largest tax reform since 1986. Among its many provisions, the Act adds a new section to the Internal Revenue Code (Section 162(q)) targeting...more

Industrial Landowners May Be Liable for Tenants’ Stormwater Discharges

by Perkins Coie on

In California Sportfishing Protection Alliance v. Shiloh Group, LLC, Case No. 16-CV-06499-DMR, 2017 WL 3136443 (N.D. Cal. Jul. 24, 2017), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that the...more

New Tax Law Prohibits Deduction for Sexual Harassment Settlements With Confidentiality Clauses

The new tax reform law contains a provision intended to address continuing concerns over sexual harassment in the workplace. Now employers that settle sexual harassment or sexual abuse claims with employees cannot deduct...more

#metoo Impact Reaches New Tax Law

by Lathrop Gage on

Allegations of sexual harassment occurring for years or even decades have roiled the news in 2017. Some argue that settlements of these issues that required the parties to maintain confidentiality have protected repeat...more

In Defense Of Confidentiality (Yes, Even In Harassment Cases)

The proposal to do away with confidentiality in sexual harassment settlements is likely to hurt victims at least as much as it exposes perps. One of the most talked-about proposals put forth since the recent sexual...more

Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2018

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The past year saw another flurry of Canadian class action activity. Courts across the country rendered significant decisions that should give companies doing business in Canada cause for both concern and optimism. While the...more

NC Business Court Approves Another Disclosure Only Class Action Settlement

by Brooks Pierce on

Judge Gale's approval last week of a class action settlement, in In re Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, 2018 NCBC 1 gives me another opportunity to rail against disclosure only settlements. You know that I...more

Bitcoin, Blockchain and Consumer Protection Laws

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Unsophisticated consumers eager to make a profit remain susceptible to representations by companies that are false and misleading, and constitute deceptive acts or practices in violation of the Federal Trade Commission...more

New Tax Reform Bill Stifles #MeToo Settlement Deductions

In acknowledgment of the recent sexual misconduct allegations and the confidential settlements in connection with those allegations, Congress added a new section 162(q) to the Internal Revenue Code as part of the Tax Cuts and...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE December 2017: The Top 14 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. December was no different,...more

Secret settlements in medical malpractice are bad for patient safety

An ugly truth about malpractice lawsuits is that some of the most indefensible violations of patient safety are covered up by hospitals, clinics and doctors with the complicity of the lawyers representing the injured...more

California Proposes New Legislation Prohibiting Confidentiality Provisions in Settlement Agreements

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In the face of a continuing wave of highly publicized complaints of sexual misconduct in the workplace, California state senator Connie M. Leyva introduced Senate Bill 820. If passed, this law would prohibit the inclusion of...more

Decoding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Part I: Obscure Provision in New Tax Law Denies Deductions for Sexual Harassment Settlements...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As indicated at the end of 2017, I intend to provide our readers with an in-depth review of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”). With the help of two of my colleagues, Steven Nofziger and Miriam Korngold, we will do this in a...more

Federal Trade Commission Approves Settlement with Lenovo Over Ad Software

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved its proposed settlement with Lenovo, Inc. over the installation of pre-installed advertising software called VisualDiscovery onto Lenovo laptops. According to the FTC, the...more

New Tax Act Affects Settlements of Sexual Harassment Suits

by Jackson Walker on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has a special provision that addresses the recent concerns growing out of Harvey Weinstein and other scandals related to sexual harassment and abuse. Specifically, the Tax Act addresses the concern...more

M&A Update: Delaware Court of Chancery Enforces Oral Agreement to Settle Proxy Contest

In a December 8th decision (Sarissa Capital Domestic Fund LP, et. al. v. Innoviva, Inc.), the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled in favor of Sarissa Capital Domestic Fund LP and certain of its affiliates in concluding that...more

Section 162(q) Raises Questions about Deductibility of Employment Settlements

On December 22, President Trump signed a significant tax bill (originally named the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act but later renamed to comply with Senate rules) that includes a provision impacting settlement of employment-related...more

New Tax Bill Will Rewrite Rules for Deducting Disgorgement Payments to SEC

by Jones Day on

U.S. tax reform will mean new rules for deducting fines, penalties, and other amounts, including disgorgement, paid to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Currently, Internal Revenue Code section 162(f)...more

Pier 1 Settles Class Action Over Call-In Shifts for $3.5 Million

by Bryan Cave on

Pier 1 Import has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of about 9,300 retail store associates in California. The lawsuit alleged the company owed workers pay for when they are...more

Tax Reform: Deductibility of Government Payments Materially Limited

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, the House of Representatives and Senate passed comprehensive tax reform legislation. The bill, which is expected to be signed by President Trump in the coming weeks, amends the tax treatment...more

Attorney Fee Recovery by Contract and in Partition Actions

In California, parties to litigation normally pay their own attorney fees unless a contract or statute says otherwise. Parties often include attorney fee provisions in their contracts, but the specific wording of these...more

Lower courts navigate Supreme Court's patent exhaustion decision

by Dentons on

On May 30, 2017, the US Supreme Court issued its influential decision in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark, Int’l, Inc., 137 S. Ct. 1523 (2017). The landmark decision, which clarified the patent exhaustion doctrine and...more

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