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Qualified Opportunity Zones: Insights from the Government’s New Guidance

Qualified Opportunity Zones: Insights from the Government’s New Guidance

Hinckley Allen published A Practical Guide to the Qualified Opportunity Zone Program, which details a promising new program contained in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that provides significant tax incentives for real estate investors in Qualified Opportunity Zones (“QOZ”). Although the QOZ program was received enthusiastically, significant questions ... Read More »

Municipal Utilities Need to Be Smart When Implementing a Smart Meter Program

Municipal Utilities Need to Be Smart When Implementing a Smart Meter Program

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (the “Seventh Circuit”) recently decided the case of Naperville Smart Meter Awareness v. City of Naperville, 900 F.3d 521 (7th Cir. 2018). The suit brought by Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (“NSMA”) alleged that the collection of smart meter energy-consumption data ... Read More »

Bankers Beware: Businesses Selling CBD Are Most Likely Marijuana-Related Businesses

Bankers Beware: Businesses Selling CBD Are Most Likely Marijuana-Related Businesses

The popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) products is skyrocketing as a large number of states loosen their grip on the sale of such cannabis-derived products (CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the Cannabis sativa L. plant). Additionally, the DEA’s recent decision to reschedule certain FDA-approved, cannabis-derived CBD drugs, which includes only ... Read More »

German Exporters: How To Control US Product Liability Risk

German Exporters: How To Control US Product Liability Risk

We frequently hear about product liability lawsuits before US courts in the media, but only the most bizarre and drastic cases seem to make the headlines. These are cases in which, for instance, plaintiffs claim enormous amounts of damages compensation. What happened? A particularly interesting and recent case is the ... Read More »

Employers Seeing Increased I-9 Audits & Fines Under Trump Administration

Employers Seeing Increased I-9 Audits & Fines Under Trump Administration

Under the current administration, in FY17, businesses were ordered to pay $97.6 million in judicial forfeitures, fines and restitution, and $7.8 million in civil fines, including one company whose financial penalties represented the largest payment ever levied in an immigration case. “Under federal law, employers are required to verify the ... Read More »

What Exactly Is Use in Commerce?

What Exactly Is Use in Commerce?

Many federal trademark applications are filed on an intent-to-use basis, which means that the applicant has not yet begun to use the mark in connection with its business activities to brand, market, and sell its products. However, in order to complete the trademark registration process, it is necessary to demonstrate ... Read More »

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