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McDonald Hopkins construction group earns Tier 1 ranking from U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

McDonald Hopkins is pleased to announce that it has earned a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in Columbus in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers’ 2019 rankings for outstanding work in Construction Law and Construction Litigation. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession and has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

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How the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 could impact your business

Has the European Union’s latest data privacy regulation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), come to the United States? All U.S. businesses that ignored the GDPR, or made a determination that the GDPR did not apply to their operations, should now take special note of the requirements imposed by the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.

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Client Wants To Do Business in US, What To Do from an IP Perspective

The Amazon Marketplace, an online sales platform for third-party sellers, has seen a significant increase in popularity. It is not, however, the only third-party sales platform, Walmart.com, e-Bay, and Etsy are other popular marketplaces in the U.S., and all offer great ways for international sellers to enter the U.S. market. There are, however, some IP considerations international sellers should consider before selling on these marketplaces.

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Disruptive change is here in the auto industry

While the 2008-2010 decline in the automotive industry occurred rapidly and was perceived by many participants as a surprise fall from a cliff, the cracks in the pavement were apparent well in advance of the collapse.  In fact, months before the cascade started, certain observers pointed to the general economic conditions, rising oil prices and the extreme over capacity in the supply base while predicting the industry was about to hit a wall.  Some suppliers realized the temperature of the water was rising. They consolidated, conserved cash, found better sources of supply and employed other strategies.  These companies survived the downturn and reaped profits as the industry rebounded to record levels.

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Illinois: Attorney general moves to dismiss tax case initiated by whistleblower on state’s behalf

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently moved to dismiss a tax case brought by a tax whistleblower and, in doing so, suggested that in-state actors soliciting orders in Illinois may not have triggered “substantial nexus” to tax. We have been following developments as one notorious lawyer who has been dubbed the “king of qui tam,” Stephen Diamond, filed suit under the Illinois False Claims Act (IFCA) to prosecute non-compliance with the State’s use tax.

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Ohio: High court rules that “on-site management” model avoids sales tax on employment services

The Ohio sales tax on employment services is continuing to generate controversy. Originally imposed on Jan. 1, 1993, the sales tax on employment services is an important component of the state of Ohio budget that annually raises approximately $160 million in tax revenue. But the tax is controversial because it can be a heavy burden on businesses attempting to fill their labor needs, particularly in the tight labor market that we are currently experiencing.

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Understanding waivers and releases for Florida construction contractors

Florida statutes provide detailed instructions regarding partial and final waivers and releases of lien. Contractors and subcontractors should be careful what they are signing and must understand the rights they are waiving. This blog provides practical advice for contractors handling waivers and releases, discusses the standard forms and language required by Florida law, and identifies the key issues contractors need to understand.

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“Tax Tips: Opportunity Zone program offers investors deferred gain tax benefits”

The Opportunity Zone Program included in the federal tax-reform law passed last year is designed to spur investment in low-income areas. Done properly, investments in designated areas, known as Opportunity Zones, allow both gain deferral and gain exclusion. Imagine a supercharged like-kind exchange, where you can defer income without a like-kind requirement, take cash off the table between investments and even exclude gain upon exit.

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The Supreme Court of Utah gave taxpayers a sweet victory recently in Utah State Tax Commission v. See’s Candies.

The Supreme Court of Utah gave taxpayers a sweet victory recently in Utah State Tax Commission v. See’s Candies.  In See’s Candies, the Utah State Tax Commission challenged an arrangement between two wholly owned subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway that provided Utah corporate franchise tax benefits. The Utah Supreme Court, however, ultimately ruled in favor of the taxpayer, See’s Candies.

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Early Christmas present for Michigan Employers: Earned Sick time Act overhauled and wage hike delayed

The Michigan legislature just gave employers an early Christmas present by scaling back on the terms of broadly-worded minimum wage and earned sick time laws that started out as citizen-initiated ballot proposals.

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