Last week, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General sued Uber for allegedly failing to provide timely notice to its drivers that their personal identifying information (“PII”) had been compromised in a data breach in 2016.  The lawsuit seeks $13.5 million in penalties against Uber—$1,000 for each of the 13,500 Pennsylvanian Uber drivers whose driver’s license information was accessed by hackers.   View Full Post
As part of the 2017 Tax Act, Republicans enacted a controversial 1.14 percent excise tax on endowment returns. The tax is imposed on private universities with at least 500 students and $500,000 of assets per student. Last year, university presidents and other industry groups unsuccessfully rallied against the tax, noting that tax would not address the cost of college or student indebtedness. View Full Post
Calling it the largest sales suppression software case in state history, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the filing of criminal charges last week against the owner of six restaurants for allegedly using illicit point-of-sale software to delete cash transactions and pocket more than $5.6 million in sales tax. View Full Post
On February 28, 2018, the Supreme Court of Ohio announced that it has accepted an appeal of Blackstone v. Moore (2017-Ohio-1639).  Blackstone is a Seventh District Court of Appeals decision that analyzed the Ohio Marketable Title Act (R.C. 5301.47 et seq.) (the “OMTA”) and adopted a four factor test to determine whether a reference to an interest inherent in the muniments of the chain of record title is “specific” – and thus not extinguished by the OMTA – or “general.”  You can read our prior blog on the Blackstone decision here. View Full Post
In order to meet the demands of a constantly evolving global marketplace, companies often seek to expand their operations through cross-border mergers and acquisitions. When pursuing an international transaction, the parties must consider a unique aspect of the deal – the legal framework in which the deal and any contractual agreements within it are to be governed. View Full Post
Redemption Community Church (the “Church”) has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Laurel, Maryland (the “City”), after the City issued a cease and desist order prohibiting the Church from offering religious services at the coffee shop it owns in the City’s community-village zoning district (the “CV Zone”). View Full Post
On 12 March 2018, the European Commission published legislative proposals that are linked to the Capital Markets Union (CMU). The proposals are intended to boost the cross-border market for investment funds, promote the EU market for covered bonds as a source of long-term finance and ensure greater certainty for investors when dealing in cross-border transactions of securities and claims. View Full Post
The ownership of firearms has been a topic of much debate and scrutiny in recent months. As a part of this national conversation, it is important for gun owners (and their fiduciaries) to generally understand the applicable legal regulations pertaining to the transfer of a firearm triggered by the death of the owner View Full Post
In Doermer v. Oxford Fin’l Group, Ltd., No. 17-1659 (7th Cir. Mar. 7, 2018), the Seventh Circuit had before it an example of what Chief Judge Diane Wood called a “depressingly common” type of litigation: “[f]amily disputes over who owns what.” In resolving the appeal, the court resolved a couple of interesting diversity jurisdictional issues that such disputes can present. View Full Post