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|Supreme Court Holds That U.S. Government Does Not Have A Reversionary Interest To Abandoned Railroad Right Of Ways Under 1875 Statute|
Glen C. Hansen; Abbott & Kindermann, LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 9, 2014In Brandt Trust v. United States, --- U.S. ---, 134 S. Ct. 1257, 188 L.Ed.2d 272 (2014), the U.S. Supreme Court held that rights of way granted by the U.S. Government to railroads under the General Railroad Right-of-Way Act of 1875 constituted easements, and not reversionary interests held by the...
|New Law Requires Cities and Counties to Expedite Their Permitting Processes for Small Residential Rooftop Solar Systems|
Sophie A. Akins, Kelsey R. Blegen; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014A new law imposes requirements on cities and counties regarding permitting for small residential rooftop solar energy systems. Under AB 2188, signed Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown, cities and counties must adopt ordinances, or amend their current ordinances, to create expedited, streamlined permitting...
|Department of Justice Criminal Division Will Increase its Review of False Claims Act Cases for Criminal Prosecution|
Laurence J. Freedman, Samantha P. Kingsbury; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014On Wednesday, during a speech before the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund conference in Washington, D.C., Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division, announced that her office will be stepping up its review of False Claims Act...
|Schumer-Durbin Target Earnings Stripping|
Jonathan Goldman; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014The change from summer to fall did nothing to alter the focus of the Congressional tax debate ¿ inversions. To that end, two Senators have introduced a new bill on “earnings stripping.”
|California is in the Black|
Thomas L. Sheehy; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 16, 2014California Governor Jerry Brown’s initial state budget was Sacramento’s first on-time budget in years, and the first “majority vote” budget in decades for the Golden State. Since June 2011, Governor Brown has signed three more on-time and balanced budgets. In fact, in...
|Department Of Revenue Announces New Procedure For Issuing Public Guidance|
Matthew R. Ottemann; McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO;
September 22, 2014, previously published on Third Quarter 2014The Nebraska Department of Revenue has recently issued a new revenue ruling (Rev. Rul. 99-14-1) concerning the public disclosure of the Department’s legal guidance to taxpayers. This ruling creates new opportunities for you or your clients to request authoritative guidance from the Department.
|Paycheck Fairness Act fails in Senate|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014On Monday, the Paycheck Fairness Act fell short of the 60 votes needed for passage in the Senate. By a vote of 52 to 40, the Senate rejected the act, which is part of Democrats' message to women in this year's midterm elections.
|Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association September 15-16, 2014 Meetings Recap|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 16, 2014The Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association ("FAJUA") held a series of meetings on September 15 and 16, 2014. A summary of each is below.
|Lame Duck Session Planned|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014Congress will return Nov. 12 for leadership elections, new-member orientation, and a lame duck session that includes a number of must-pass bills. Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he plans to bring up marketplace-fairness legislation, which deals with Internet businesses and sales taxes, but...
|Both Chambers Pass CR|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014Thursday the Senate followed the House and voted to send President Obama a temporary spending bill—known as a Continuing Resolution (CR)—that was coupled with an authorization to arm and train Syrian rebels for combat against the Islamic State.