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Legal Alert: Georgia Supreme Court Expands as its Jurisdiction Contracts (May 4, 2016)
Somewhat obscured by the social-issue hubbub during the recently ended session of the Georgia General Assembly was the enactment of an historic expansion of the Georgia Supreme Court and a ...
Legal Alert: Trial Court Dismisses Georgia Patronage Capital Lawsuits (May 4, 2016)
On May 2, a trial court in DeKalb County, Georgia, dismissed two class action patronage capital lawsuits filed against Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC) and certain ...
Legal Alert: Basic-Supplemental Life Insurance Plan Pricing Structure Upheld in ERISA Class Action (May 4, 2016)
An employee benefit plan that includes an alleged subsidization component for its basic and supplemental options is neither prohibited by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) ...
Legal Alert: North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Sales of Solar-Generated Electricity (April 28, 2016)
The North Carolina Utilities Commission recently ruled that third-party sales of solar-generated electricity violate state law. The Commission rejected a test case brought by an advocacy group ...
Legal Alert: UPDATE: Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Clears the House, Passage into Law Expected (April 28, 2016)
As expected, overwhelming support for the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 led to its passage in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday by a 410-2 vote. During the floor debate, one Congressman ...
Legal Alert: Only the Lonely: “Lonely” Life Insurance Companies Confront New Issues Under Proposed Debt-Equity Regulations (April 28, 2016)
The rules of IRC § 1504 and Treas. Reg. § 1.1502-47 provide the general parameters for determining whether a domestic life insurance company (within the meaning of IRC § 816(a)) may join in filing a ...
Legal Alert: State Tax Fallout From Federal Proposed Related-Party Debt Regulations (April 26, 2016)
Recently proposed Treasury regulations under IRC § 385 (the Proposed Regulations) would create sweeping changes to the federal income tax treatment of related-party debt. The Proposed Regulations ...
Legal Alert: Steelworkers Reverse Course and Withdraw Request for Import Relief on Aluminum (April 25, 2016)
In an unusual change of course, the United Steelworkers Union (USW) has now withdrawn the Section 201 petition it filed just last week to request temporary relief against imports of primary unwrought ...
Legal Alert: Effect of Energy Policy Bills on Natural Gas Exports (April 22, 2016)
Legislative Update. On April 20, the U.S. Senate passed broad legislation that covers many different aspects of the energy and environmental sectors, including changes to streamline the approval ...
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