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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.
RETAIL LAW ADVISOR
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Retailers Grow Successfully by Introducing New Brands
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogAs fashion retailers across the country jostle for market share in an ever-changing and ever-competitive marketplace, some retailers are trying to improve their bottom lines not by adjusting or expanding their offerings in each store but by opening differently branded stores separate from their flagship brands. Many retailers, especially those in the fashion world, have...

Amazon & Wal-Mart: Pinky and The Brain of Retail
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogIn the opening montage of the American animated series, Pinky and The Brain, Pinky asks his best friend, The Brain: “What do you want to do tonight?” To which The Brain replies: “The same thing we do every night; try to take over the world!” Doug McMillon (CEO of Wal-Mart) and Jeff Bezos (CEO of...

Forging a Legal Firewall: Recent Decisions May Shield Retailers from ADA-Based Website Inaccessibility Claims
Practice: Litigation, Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogIn a post published earlier this year, we commented on a surge of lawsuits being filed under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination in the full and free enjoyment of public accommodations on the basis of disability. Where websites and mobile applications serve as extensions...

Boutique Retail Hotels: Introducing The New Meaning Of “In Room” Shopping
Practice: Hospitality & Recreation, Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogIn this ever changing world, retailers are continuing to invent new ways to highlight their products, provide customers with an interactive experience and to stay competitive. We have previously discussed strategies used by brick and mortar stores to compete with their online counterparts, but retailers know that they need to think even further outside of...

Class Action Lawsuits on the Rise under New Jersey’s Consumer Protection Laws – Which Retailers Will Be Targeted Next?
Practice: Litigation, Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogDoes your retail business conduct sales online? For most retailers today, the answer is likely yes. This means that the recent surge of class action lawsuits against merchants arising out of a consumer protection law in New Jersey called the Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA) merits your attention. This statute is still relatively...
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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