New Inversion Regs End Pfizer-Allergan Deal, But Could Election-Year Proposals Include Inversion Legislation?
Posted on 05-06-2016 by Neil Aragones

The issuance of the new inversion regulations resulted in the end of the proposed Pfizer-Allergan deal and was another major step by the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service to curb inversions. However, in the press conference announcing the new regulations, Treasury Secretary Lew continued his call... Read More

50 Years of Miranda
Posted on 04-28-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?” This... Read More

You Have the Right to Remain Silent: The 50th Anniversary of the Miranda v. Arizona Decision
Posted on 04-28-2016 by Alison Manchester

In the last half-century, it’s doubtful that any sentence has had a more profound effect on American culture – and American civil liberties – than these famous words penned by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren on June 13, 1966: “The person in custody must, prior to... Read More

Apple-DOJ Showdown Forces Courts to Weigh National Security and Data Privacy
Posted on 03-16-2016 by Eric Olson

The Justice Department brought a temporary halt to one of the more difficult legal disputes in recent times when it announced on March 28 th that it had found a way to unlock an iPhone without help from Apple, allowing them to withdraw their lawsuit to compel the tech company to assist them in the San... Read More

President Obama announces Merrick Garland to fill contested Supreme Court vacancy
Posted on 03-16-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

This morning, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland as the nation’s 113th justice to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. While much controversy will continue to arise around how the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will treat the President’s nomination, we’ve surfaced relevant... Read More

President Obama Likely to Look to One of These Candidates to Fill Contested Supreme Court Vacancy
Posted on 03-09-2016 by Angela Chmielewski

The unexpected passing of Justice Antonin Scalia , one of the most influential jurists of recent American history, created an immediate vacancy on the Supreme Court and touched off a firestorm of controversy about how the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will treat President Obama’s nomination... Read More

Five Key Changes to the U.S. Tax Law that could halt Corporate Inversions
Posted on 01-28-2016 by Neil Aragones

The Department of the Treasury and the IRS issued a notice on November 19, 2015. In announcing the agencies’ intentions to issue additional regulations, IRS Notice 2015-79 takes additional steps to reduce the tax benefits of corporate inversions in order to stop as many of them as possible from... Read More

What is Treasury doing to cut the tax benefits of Corporate Inversions?
Posted on 01-28-2016 by Neil Aragones

In 2014, Congress made another attempt to halt the surge in corporate inversions with the introduction of the Stop Corporate Inversions Act of 2014 (H.R. 4679, S. 2360). This bill sought to amend the Internal Revenue Code to revise rules for the taxation of inverted corporations to provide that a foreign... Read More

What’s Really Behind the Rise of Corporate Inversions?
Posted on 01-28-2016 by Neil Aragones

Since 2011, there have been 37 corporate transactions announced in which U.S. companies sought to reincorporate in other countries where the corporate tax rates are more favorable—a business strategy known as a “corporate inversion” transaction. In 2015 alone, there have been seven... Read More

Final IRS Estate Tax Regulations Make Permanent Important Tax Benefit for Surviving Spouses
Posted on 01-28-2016 by Deanne Morton

One of the top priorities of estate planning attorneys is to help clients reduce their tax exposure by taking full advantage of the federal rules on estate taxation. Last summer, the IRS finalized regulations that provide married taxpayers with an important vehicle for reducing tax liabilities while... Read More

2016 Trends: 5 EEOC Enforcement Trends To Watch In 2016
Posted on 01-12-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Aaron Vehling Following a year of big wins for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , in 2016, the agency will likely continue its push for large-scale investigations into systemic bias and continue to focus... Read More

International Men’s Day: Why We Need It Now More Than Ever
Posted on 11-18-2015 by Chad Troyan

Chuck Norris once said: Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth. At first glance and if you were to take it literally, this might come off as a harsh slam against men, but if you dig deeper you can find some truth to it. See in today’s society we are in a dire... Read More

William Heffelfinger – Football’s First Professional Player & the Ripple Effects On Football Today
Posted on 11-11-2015 by Chad Troyan

To be considered a “first” in regards to anything is quite an honor, but can you imagine how big of an honor it would be to be considered the first athlete to play professional football? In a country that basically considers Super Bowl Sunday an unofficial holiday, that is quite a title to... Read More

Who Are Some of Our Presidential Candidates Following On Twitter?
Posted on 11-03-2015 by Chad Troyan

Now-a-days it’s hard to imagine somebody not having a Twitter account. It seems like everyone has one and it’s true. Social media has changed the way elections run. It used to be candidates were judged strictly by what they said in debates, but now voters can now judge them by who they follow... Read More

Fantasy Sports (Pt.3) Not Wanted: Fantasy Football Police
Posted on 10-22-2015 by Chad Troyan

If we repeatedly tell others “life isn’t fair” ,why do we continue to try to make laws whose sole purpose is to level the playing field? Right now there is not greater example of this than the battle going on over the booming fantasy sports industry. The issues that DraftKings and... Read More

Fantasy Sports (Pt.2): From Afterthought to Reality -The Development of Legal Framework
Posted on 10-21-2015 by Chad Troyan

In part I of this series , we looked at this booming industry and the new threat it faces – insider trading. While it is a serious threat to the business, a huge reason behind its’ existence is due to federal regulations that fantasy sports are unable to adhere to. While some states have... Read More

Fantasy Sports (Pt.1): The New Threat – Insider Trading
Posted on 10-20-2015 by Chad Troyan

Fantasy sports, especially football, has become an overnight phenomena. This hobby has gone from being a weekly matchup to creating “daily” leagues that generate billions of dollars thanks to companies such as DraftKings and FanDuel . While each of these companies has been enjoying quite... Read More

Employers: What Deflategate can teach you about privileged investigations - 5 lessons
Posted on 10-20-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

The National Football League has had its’ fair share of questionable moments over the past couple years, but none has been more questionable than the handling of its’ recent “Deflate-gate” scandal. According to LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom , here are 5 lessons we can learn from... Read More

10 Legal Milestones Since The Chicago Cubs Last Made A World Series Appearance
Posted on 10-19-2015 by Chad Troyan

There has been no other team in Major League Baseball that has endured as bad of postseason luck as the Chicago Cubs. It has been 70 years since their last World Series appearance (1945) and over 100 years since their last title (1908). With the chance to close out the series and take one step closer... Read More

Forget Pearls and Diamonds! Fashion's Replacement for Bling- The Law
Posted on 09-15-2015 by Christina Alge

The legal system covers a vast amount of topics, from Family to Entertainment. The law “family tree” is about to get a new addition thanks to a new program at Fordham University , according to the New York Times . The area of law being introduced? – Fashion Law . The fashion industry... Read More

A fledgling’s reading list: What today’s college freshman will be reading
Posted on 09-10-2015 by Chad Troyan

With all the problems arising regarding social justice, climate change and racial inequality, it only makes sense that today’s freshmen get educated on such topics. These are just some of the topics that freshmen will be reading about at colleges around the country. According to Insider Higher... Read More

Bird’s Eye View: Gender pay equity | StateNet
Posted on 09-10-2015 by Ted Zwayer

Over 20 states have considered gender pay equity bills this year. A few have been signed into law, though none with quite as much teeth as one passed this week by the California Legislature. Gov. Brown has already said he’ll sign it. Two other significant California equity bills are also close... Read More

States Bringing Public-Style Pension Plans to Private Sector
Posted on 09-03-2015 by Ted Zwayer

At least 25 states have either passed or considered legislation aimed at bringing the efficiencies of public retirement systems to new pension plans for workers in the private sector, according to the Pension Rights Center. Illinois, Oregon and Washington have passed such plans, while California and... Read More

Top 6 Football Rankings Are In… For Intellectual Property Cases? | Law360
Posted on 09-01-2015 by Doug Esten

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Bill Donahue. Are you ready for some … intellectual property? Here are the top six gridiron IP suits of the past few years, ranked. 6. "Pistol Pete" Everybody loves a three-way collegiate trademark dispute... Read More

Crowdfunding: The next bubble to burst?
Posted on 08-20-2015 by Chad Troyan

In need of help financially for a personal venture ? Don’t sweat it. In today’s technologically-advanced society, all we need to do to solve this dilemma is crowdsource. This peer-to-peer lending, while helpful, could be set itself up to be a bubble that bursts. According to David Postings... Read More