Multistate Tax Update — July 24, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Alabama Dept. of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc., — S. Ct. —- (2014), on July 1, 2014. While the Court generally addresses the questions presented in the writ of certiorari if it decides to hear the case, the Court added a question of its own for the parties to argue and brief in its grant:

Whether, in resolving a claim of unlawful tax discrimination under 49 U.S.C. § 11501(b)(4), a court should consider other aspects of the State’s tax scheme rather than focusing solely on the challenged tax provision.

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Delay in Return of Overpayments Leads to False Claims Act Suit

The generally accepted wisdom is to move expeditiously to investigate and return federal health care program overpayments once you become aware of them.  Now we know the potential downside of failing to do so even when all overpayments are eventually returned. Late last month the United States Attorney’s Office filed a false claims act complaint […]

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How Big Is Halbig? The Viability of the ACA’s Employer Mandate Hangs in the Balance

By: Adam C. Solander

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit sent shockwaves through the country when they issued conflicting opinions on a key aspect of the ACA.  The cases are Halbig v. Burwell, D.C. Cir., No. 14-508 and King v. Burwell, 4th Cir., No. 14-1158.  The question at issue in both cases was whether the IRS has the authority to administer subsidies in federally facilitated exchanges when the statute itself specifically authorizes subsides only in state exchanges.

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This new Act prohibits an employer or employment agency from inquiring about, considering, or requiring disclosure of the criminal record or criminal history of an applicant until the applicant has been determined qualified for the position and notified that he or she has been selected for an interview or, if there is not an interview, until after a conditional offer of employment is made.

An “applicant” is any person pursuing employment with an employer or through an employment agency. More…

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The majority shareholder falls out of control

The corporate law is based on the “majority principle”: the majority shareholder can control the decisions at the shareholders’ meeting. While the old Companies Act already contained certain exceptions to this principle the new Civil Code broadens the scope of the exceptions. The new Civil Code declares that if a shareholder is “personally interested” in a decision, it is not allowed to vote on the given question. Although the courts’ interpretation of this new provision is not yet known, a conservative interpretation could lead to a substantial weakening of the “majority principle”. More…

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The Standard Replacement Cost Endorsement: Clear and Unambiguous

Ingenious litigators encourage the Courts to expand the boundaries of the standard Replacement Cost Endorsement. The Quebec Superior Court pulls on the reins in Placements Sergakis Ltée c. Compagnie d’assurance America Home.

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Reforma a mercado de distribución de gas por redes incluiría revisión tarifaria en 2015

Autoridad estudiará la integración de empresas, cruce de propiedad y acceso de otros comercializadores a mercado del GN. Proyecto de ley estaría listo el próximo año.

Dentro del diseño de la Reforma al Modelo de Mercado que se hará el próximo año, participarán los mismos equipos que hoy están a cargo del mecanismo y los procedimientos para activar la fijación tarifaria, que hoy no está definida en la ley, y el análisis de la rentabilidad de las empresas. Entre ellos hay especialistas del Banco Mundial (BM), técnicos de la CNE y expertos como el académico y ex ministro Alejandro Jadresic; Gabriel Bitrán, Juan Pablo Montero, Javier Velozo y Andrea Butelman. More…

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CNE expuso sobre cambios regulatorios del gas

El proyecto de ley se espera que esté listo en octubre de esto año,
para presentarlo a comienzos de 2015.

Sobre los pasos a seguir Andrés Romero explicó que se está trabajando con un grupo intergubernamental, conformado por el Ministerio de Energía, la CNE, el Ministerio de Economía y la Superintendencia de Electricidad y Combustibles. También participa un grupo de expertos, entre ellos, Juan Pablo Montero, Alejandro Jadresic, Javier Velozo, Gabriel Bitrán y Andrea Buttelman, además del Centro de Regulación y Competencia de la Universidad de Chile y el Banco Mundial. More…

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Cascadas: Citigroup Global Market presenta recurso ante Corte para que SVS cierre su procedimiento sancionario

Ambas partes ya habían solicitado al regulador que declarara la caducidad de las operaciones, y éste lo rechazó por medio de un oficio reservado. More…

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Government Eases Labour Rules for Oil and Gas Workers

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has by a notification relaxed the applicability of sections 28, 30 and 35 of the Mines Act, 1952, to persons employed in the exploration and production of oil and gas mines in India.

The aforesaid sections of the Mines Act, 1952 provide for (i) a 6 day working week in a mine, and (ii) a maximum of 48 hours of work in a week and 9 hours a day in “above ground” mines (subject to a total of 10 hours in a day inclusive of overtime), with a compulsory rest period of 30 minutes after 5 hours of work.

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