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PRIVILEGE & WORK PRODUCT
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The Attorney-Client Privilege in the Age of Email ProliferationBlogHow does email fit into the Attorney-Client Privilege picture?  A recent decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court offers a cautionary tale.

Upon Reconsideration: The Value of Refining Your Claims of Attorney-Client PrivilegeBlogThe electronic world in which today's lawyers toil has both dramatically increased the volume of documents (read: emails) that must be reviewed and produced to the other side, and provided nifty platforms and systems for speeding up the review and production process. Today's lawyers can move through hundreds of thousands....

Appeals Court Rejects Bright Lines, But Offers Clarity on Law Firm PrivilegeBlogSometimes the law firm is the client. But when it seeks advice from its own in-house general counsel or from outside counsel in connection with a malpractice claim, the law firm may have more trouble than others in protecting its privileged communications.

Disclosure of Privileged Information Waived by Disclosure to Insurance BrokerBlogWhich is stronger, the attorney client privilege or work product protection? Many would say that attorney-client privilege is more secure and easier to defend than work-product because the privilege is absolute.

Court Recognizes that Firm’s Privilege Protects Communications with Counsel About Malpractice Claim BlogIn a recent decision, the Appellate Court of Illinois held that a law firm’s attorney-client privilege protects its communications with its own in-house and outside counsel related to a malpractice claim threatened by the firm’s former client, even though the communications took place while the law firm still represented the client.
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The Ascendency of Accessibility: Surge in Website Lawsuits Continues
Practice: Employment, Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogThe proliferation of accessibility lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has not abated. It is well-documented that ADA-related litigation increased by 37% from 2015 to 2016, which is symptomatic of long-term trends. Growth is fueled in part by litigants’ increased focus on internet-based technologies, including websites and mobile applications. This...

ICSC Mid-Atlantic Conference & Deal Making Recap
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogWith seemingly all of the country’s attention focused on Washington DC lately, we snuck out of the District and across the Potomac River to National Harbor last week for ICSC’s 2017 Mid-Atlantic Conference and Deal Making. The conference was very well attended, and the mood among attendees and presenters was generally upbeat. Anecdotally, the sentiment...

The Power of the Melody Pushes Fashion Forward
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogThe many genres of music – particularly, rock, pop, hip-hop and country – have always pushed the needle forward in fashion. Musical icons from today and yesteryear have given a voice to fashion by creating a kinetic experience full of imagery and a visceral aesthetic that retailers long to foster in their brick and mortar...

The (Border) Adjustment Bureau: Hold On to Your (Imported) Hats
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogRetailers would be wise to pay close attention to the upcoming tax-plan deliberations of the 115th U.S. Congress. A proposal currently being considered would adjust the U.S. corporate tax by making imports a non-deductible expense. This adjustment is intended to create incentives for domestic production, as companies would no longer be able to reduce their...

Oh the Sidewalks Outside Are Frightful, But Landlords Will Make Them Delightful… or Will They?
Practice: Leasing, Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogAlthough we haven’t seen much snow accumulation in the northeast to date, we know that this can (and likely will) change before the warmer weather returns. Before the snow really begins to fall, it would behoove both landlords and tenants to become informed about their snow clearing responsibilities and to ensure removal plans are in...
TAX LAW ROUNDUP
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New Basis Reporting Requirements for Executors and Beneficiaries
Practice: Charitable Planning, Estate Planning & Administration, Private Client & Trust, Tax, Trust Administration & Investment Services
BlogRecent federal legislation adds fresh compliance burdens to an old concept in federal tax law: the step-up in tax basis of appreciated property at death.  New reporting requirements will apply to estates required to file a federal estate tax return after July 31, 2015 and are effective beginning June 30, 2016. Executors and beneficiaries who do...

IRS Releases FY 2017 Green Book Revenue Proposals
Practice: Real Estate, Tax
BlogIt’s that time of year when the President releases his annual wish list of tax revenue proposals, also known as the “Green Book”.  The 2017 Green Book includes many familiar items such as taxing Carried Interests as ordinary income, capping certain itemized deductions by individuals at a 28% tax rate benefit, and broad-based international tax reform. ...

Temporary Regulations Address Allocation of Creditable Foreign Tax Expense
Practice: Real Estate, Tax
BlogThe IRS published temporary and proposed regulations on allocations of creditable foreign tax expenditures (CFTEs).  The regulations make various technical changes to the existing regulatory safe harbor for allocating CFTEs.  The regulations are effective on February 4, 2016. The existing regulations provide special rules for foreign tax expense allocations when those expenses are eligible for...

IRS Concludes Upper-Tier Disregarded Entity is Continuation of Historical Partnership
Practice: Real Estate, Tax
BlogThe IRS favorably ruled that an internal partnership restructuring was essentially a “nothing” for tax purposes even though the transaction moved the tax-regarded partnership to a different state-law entity.  Specifically, in PLR 201605004, the IRS privately ruled that an upper-tier disregarded entity succeeded to the partnership status of a lower-tier tax partnership when the second...

Senate Passes Extenders Legislation – Moves to President for Signature
Practice: Tax
BlogToday the Senate voted 65-33 to pass the Extenders bill (H.R. 2029) and it moves to the President where it is expected to be signed.  As discussed in more detail in yesterday’s blog, the legislation makes permanent or creates an extended life for many take breaks that have been annually renewed, or “extended” for many years.  From...
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