Category Archives: State and Local Law

10 Free Keyword Research Tools + How to Use Them [INFOGRAPHIC]

An old friend – Google’s free Adwords Keyword tool – has gone off the grid for good, leaving in its place the new Keyword Planner. The Planner is a little more detailed, but still fairly easy to use and still free. A recent post at the GroTraffic.com blog had a list of 10 free keyword research tools you …

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Some Indiana Local Government Entities May Qualify for Loans Due to Past Misapplied Maximum Fund Rate Calculations

The National Law Review recently published an article by Randal J. Kaltenmark and Jeffery J. Qualkinbush of Barnes & Thornburg LLP titled, Some Indiana Local Government Entities May Qualify for Loans Due to Past Misapplied Maximum Fund Rate Calculations: Qualified Indiana local government entities – school corporations, cities, towns, counties and library districts – may wish to review their 2012 or prior …

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Illinois Reverses Position on Income Tax Treatment of Benefits for Civil Union Partners

An article by Elizabeth A. Savard, Todd A. Solomon and Brian J. Tiemann of McDermott Will & Emery regarding Illinois Income Tax Policy for Civil Unions was recently published in The National Law Review: The Illinois Department of Revenue recently issued guidance reversing its position on the state income tax treatment of benefits for non-dependent civil union partners. Federal law excludes amounts that an …

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Seeking Corporate Dissolution: One Way to Turn Up the Heat on a Deadbeat Debtor

Posted in the National Law Review an article by Jeffrey M. Schwartz of Much Shelist Denenberg Ament & Rubenstei P.C. regarding a seldom-used remedy that can significantly increase your chances of recovering a debt: Put yourself in the place of a creditor. One of your customers, an Illinois corporation, owes you money. The customer does not dispute the debt and has even admitted …

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The New Wave of Insurance Construction Defects? Four States Enact Statutes Favoring Coverage for Faulty Workmanship

Recently posted in the National Law Review an article by Clifford J. Shapiro and Kenneth M. Gorenberg of Barnes & Thornburg LLP about whether construction defects are covered by commercial general liability (“CGL”) insurance policies and briefly discuss four new statutes in various states.     Courts across the country remain split on the issue of whether claims alleging construction defects are covered by …

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New York’s Highest Court Reinstates $5 Billion Lawsuit By Big Banks Against MBIA

Posted recently at the National Law Review by Michael C. Hefter and Seth M. Cohen of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP news about New York’s highest court reinstating a $5 billion lawsuit brought by a group of banks, including Bank of America and Wells Fargo, against MBIA.  New York’s highest court yesterday reinstated a $5 billion lawsuit brought by …

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Texas Supreme Court Makes Enforcement of Noncompete Agreements Easier for Employers

Posted this week at the National Law Review by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP  a good recap of the Texas Supreme Court decision which clarifies the standards for enforcing noncompete agreements:  On June 24, the Texas Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision clarifying the standards for enforcement of noncompete agreements under the Texas Business and …

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Don't Gamble with My Money: When a Lawsuit Seeks Damages in Excess of Policy Limits, What Are the Insured's Rights in Illinois?

Posted this week at the National Law Review by Daniel J. Struck and Neil B. Posner of Much Shelist Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein P.C.  a good overview of R.C. Wegman Construction Company v. Admiral Insurance Company which help address the issues involved with insurance claims in excess of policy limits in Illinois:  In general, if a lawsuit is covered or potentially covered …

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California and Florida Lead Trend of New State-Level Iran Sanctions

Posted this week at the National Law Review by Reid Whitten  of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP a good summary of recent  state legislation targeting potential contractors that deal with Iran.   On June 2, 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a new state law prohibiting Florida government entities from contracting with companies invested in Iran’s petroleum energy sector.  …

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Selling the Main Street Fairness Act: A Viable Solution to the Internet Sales Tax Problem

Congrats to Michael J. Payne, CPA of Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law   one of the winners of the 2011 Spring National Law Review Student Legal Writing Contest.  Michael’s topic addresses the tremendous struggle in the regulation of sales tax collection on interstate internet purchases.   I.  Introduction States have long faced issues related to …

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