August 7, 2013
On June 20, 2013, the Supreme Court of Kentucky (the Supreme Court) issued its opinion in Dep’t of Revenue v. Cox Interior, Inc., 400 S.W.3d 240 (Ky. 2013). In Cox Interior, the Supreme Court considered the requirements a taxpayer must satisfy in seeking a refund of tangible personal property taxes under Kentucky law.
The dispute between Cox Interior, Inc. (Cox) and the Department of Revenue (the Department) arose out of an audit for tax years 2001 through 2004 where the Department determined that Cox owed roughly $152,000 in ad valorem taxes on tangible personal property. Cox paid in full without protest. Over a year after the completion of the audit, Cox filed a refund claim for a portion of its payment, alleging overpayment due to the Department’s improper classification of certain machinery. The Department denied the refund claim on the basis that Cox paid the amount without protest after the conclusion of the audit and, as a consequence, Cox did not follow the proper procedure for contesting the classification of the machinery. This case came to the Supreme Court after the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals ruled in favor of Cox, and both the circuit court and court of appeals affirmed the ruling.
August 7, 2013
Cleveland, Ohio (August 8, 2013) –The national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice at McDonald Hopkins has submitted a statement for the record to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade during its recent examination of state breach notification laws and potential federal preemption.
According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, more than 608,278,176 records have been reported compromised since 2005. This does not include the many more that have gone unreported. According to the Verizon 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report, 75 percent of the data breaches are of low or very low difficulty. Although the foreign hackings make the headlines, most data privacy incidents arise out of simply lost devices (laptops, USBs and smart phones). What is difficult for every organization, however, is attempting to comply with each of the 46 different state breach notification laws, as for most, they are confusing, therefore leading to under-reporting, failing to act or non-compliant notifications.
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August 7, 2013
Since the middle of March, there have been unprecedented developments in the Republic of Cyprus (“Cyprus”) following the application by the Cyprus government to the European Central Bank, the EU and the IMF (together, the “Troika”) for financial assistance.
A Memorandum of Understanding (the “MOU”) has been agreed between the Cyprus government and the Troika setting out the terms and conditions upon which the Troika will provide up to €10 billion of financial assistance to Cyprus for its budgetary requirements. The Eurogroup’s decision on 12 April 2013 agreeing to the terms of the MOU, puts an end to months of uncertainty regarding the framework within which Cyprus may continue to operate fully as an international corporate centre. More…
August 7, 2013
By Eric J. Conn, Head of Epstein Becker & Green’s OSHA Practice Group
OSHA recently announced a campaign to raise awareness about the hazards likely to cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among health care workers responsible for patient care. Common MSDs suffered in the patient care industry include sprains, strains, soft tissue and back injuries. These injuries are due in large part to over exertion related to manual patient handling activities, often involving heavy lifting associated with transferring and repositioning patients and working in awkward positions.
August 6, 2013
Cleveland, Ohio (August 7, 2013) – Michael R. Pasko has joined McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies, a Washington-based subsidiary of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm. McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies, which provides strategic counsel at the federal government level, is led by former Congressman Steven LaTourette.
In his position as Legislative Manager, Pasko provides clients with strategic policy advice and analysis. He builds and maintains relationships with Members of Congress and their staff, as well as with trade and business associations, non-profits and other stakeholder organizations. Pasko helps clients solve problems they are having with the federal government and works to advance their legislative and policy agendas.