Multistate Tax Update — February 19, 2015

The Marketplace Fairness Act, the federal bill requiring states to collect and remit sales and use taxes for remote sales, has been floating around in Congress in various iterations for 20 years, according to Bloomberg/BNA (Bloomberg). The Senate passed the most recent version in May 2013, but the bill went no further.

States are losing millions of tax revenue dollars, as we have pointed out in recent articles. For example, Colorado lost $352.6 million in sales and use taxes that went uncollected from customers of online and catalog retailers in 2012, while Indiana estimates that it lost e-commerce related sales taxes in the range of $39.6 million to $114.3 million for fiscal year 2012.

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Clark Wilson assists VCH with sale of 25 acre site at Cambie & 57th

As reported in the Vancouver Sun, Clark Wilson client Vancouver Coastal Health has agreed to sell the Dogwood Lodge, George Pearson Centre and surrounding lands to Vancouver-based developer, Onni. Darren Donnelly worked with VCH’s negotiating team to settle the agreement terms. Our Commercial Real Estate Group continues legal work to faciltate VCH and Onni’s collaboration to rezone and develop the lands for over 3 million square feet of new construction, including residential buildings, 20% social housing, a new park, a contribution to the construction of the 57th Avenue Canada Line station, other amenities and replacement facilities to ultimately be returned to VCH.

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CONDO COMMENTARY

GREEN LOANS AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES FOR CONDOS Co-written by Lou Natale , LL.B. and Paul Pittana, Equitable Bank There is a trend happening in the condo industry centered on energy cost savings and conservation. We’ve heard buzz words such as, “Green Loans” and “Energy Retrofit Financing” being bounced around, but what is the difference between these terms? How does a developer-initiated Green Loan work? How does a Condo Board go about paying for energy efficiency upgrades? This article will provide a high-level overview of financing green energy initiatives in both new and existing condos. More…

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Six Stradling Attorneys Named to 2015 Super Lawyers

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C. is pleased to announce six of its lawyers have been named to the 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers magazine names attorneys in each state (5%) who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through independent research. Shareholders Jason de Bretteville, Paul R. Glassman, Karla Kraft, James D. RichmanMarc J. Schneider and Mark L. Skaist were all named to the list. For more on this story, read here. More…

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Legal Rights and Economic Realities: The Uncertain State of Public Pensions After Stockton

Once an irregular occurrence, municipal bankruptcies have been at the forefront of bankruptcy headlines in recent years. A key economic factor in chapter 9 cases is the need for municipalities to restructure compensation obligations to their employees, most notably future pension obligations. But while the ability of municipalities to reject collective-bargaining agreements with public employees has been tested,1 the ability of municipalities to impair future pension obligation has not — at least, not explicitly. More…

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Shutts & Bowen ranked among top 25 most diverse South Florida law firms

Shutts & Bowen was ranked 16th among South Florida’s “25 most diverse law firms in South Florida” in the Daily Business Review’s annual Diversity Scorecard.

The DBR sent surveys to 200 law firms with offices in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Shutts & Bowen has steadily grown more diverse throughout its ranks, with women and minorities ascending into senior positions. Of five lateral partners joining in 2014, 14 were minorities. More…

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Shutts & Bowen Partner Arthur J. Furia Chairing March 12 Global Miami Health, Nutrition Conference

MIAMI – Miami is playing a considerable role in the build-up for the Milan Expo 2015 World’s Fair, as it hosts an international conference March 12 on the fair’s theme — “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life” — at the Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College (MDC) Wolfson Campus. More…

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Anti-dumping controversies continue – aluminium extrusions, US prosecutions, WTO action and now Australian prosecutions

Many of you would be aware that the imposition of anti – dumping and countervailing duties on the exports of aluminium extrusions from China have created a number of issues in Australia.  However some very recent developments overseas serve as a useful reminder that such issues are part of a global problem and that in considering trading in goods, thought should go to any global issues as they can often flow through to Australia at short notice and ruin even the best – laid plans. More…

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Technology Industry Policy Priorities Discussed at TechAmerica Summit

Michelle Capezza of Epstein Becker & Green  recently returned from the TechAmerica DC Fly-in held February 10th and 11th in Washington, D.C., a Tech Policy Summit that brought together members of technology councils, business leaders and academicians from across the country to discuss various policies and legislation impacting today’s technology companies and our economy.    As a member of the New Jersey Technology Council and an NJTC Ambassador, Michelle joined the NJTC delegation for this summit which included James Barrood (President and CEO-NJTC), Karen Lisnyj (Government Affairs-NJTC), Kevin M. Pianko, CPA (Partner, Weiser Mazars), James C. Bourke, CPA (Partner, WithumSmith+Brown), Stuart Hanebuth (Vice President, Power Survey Company), Richard Napoli (CEO, ObjectFrontier, Inc.) and Venu Myneni, CEO Radiant Systems, Inc.  Following a briefing regarding various policy initiatives, our delegation had the opportunity to meet with New Jersey Representatives in the House and Senate to discuss these policies, including Senator Cory A. Booker, Congressman Leonard Lance, Congressman Scott Garrett and staff for Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr., Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo, Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, and Congressman Christopher H. Smith.  The following are a few of the important policy priorities that were discussed and debated during the Tech Policy Summit:

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Your “Red Velvet Rope Policy”

It’s the third Wednesday of February, so you know what that means – it’s time for a rainmaking recommendation from expert Jaimie Field! Along with her recommendation, Jaimie is bringing us some exciting news:

Marketing Field, LLC is being rebranded as The-Rain-Maker.

A new offering of services include:

  • Rainmaking seminars with ethics CLE’s (currently pending only in New Jersey) that are be held in your law firm’s conference room,
  • workshops,
  • one-on-one coaching,
  • group coaching,
  • and a VIP day in which you will meet with me and a host of other legal practice management and legal marketing professionals.
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