The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday accepted review of a case that would resolve a discrepancy among the circuit courts over how attorneys' fees are calculated when lawyers win cases for clients seeking Social Security benefits.
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High Court To Hear Fees Dispute In Social Security Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday accepted review of a case that would resolve a discrepancy among the circuit courts over how attorneys' fees are calculated when lawyers win cases for clients seeking Social Security benefits. Read more »

IRS Plans Campaign To Boost Nonresidents' Tax Compliance

The Internal Revenue Service announced Monday it will undertake a campaign to increase compliance for rules involving nonresident aliens' tax treaty exemption claims. Read more »

After Wine Tax Credit Clarified, Reps. Consider Extension

After the Treasury Department recently announced that small wineries can take advantage of an excise sales tax credit until the end of 2019, lawmakers may consider making that credit permanent, a trade association representative told Law360 Monday. Read more »

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SD Shouldn't Get Quick Win Over Excise Tax, Tribe Argues

Federal Native American law precludes a state excise tax on contractors working on an Indian casino, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe said in a recent reply brief, asking a federal court to reject South Dakota’s arguments in its tax dispute.   Read more »

Investors Battle Mining Co. Over Legal Docs In $207M Suit

Investors have told a California federal court that a magistrate judge’s decision was “plainly correct” in requiring Silver Wheaton Corp. to produce legal documents it gave to PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte to audit the company’s financial statements in a class action over $207 million in tax liability. Read more »

Puerto Rico, Board Reach Pact To Advance Fiscal Plan

The federal board created to restructure Puerto Rico's debts has reached an accord with the territory’s government over the implementation of a long-term fiscal plan in large part by scaling back cuts to certain employee benefits in exchange for turning the island into an “employment at will” jurisdiction. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Spotlight On EU's Bold New Digital Economy Tax Ideas

As the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development attempts to craft a new digital services tax, two major concerns are the impact of the tax on U.S. companies operating within the European Union, which are estimated to make up approximately half the companies that would be hit by the tax, and the deterrence of high-tech investment in the EU, says Stefanie Hardy of Nauta Dutilh. Read more »

Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Feature

Why Smaller Firms Are More Keen To Enter The Cloud

Law offices adopted cloud-based solutions in greater numbers last year, but for the most part, smaller firms are leading the charge, with BigLaw's relative slowness attributable to a reluctance to abandon large IT infrastructures already in place and lingering concerns about security and cost. Read more »

Law Firms Are Doing Just Fine, And That's The Problem

Ten years after the Great Recession sent the legal industry reeling, the majority of law firms have stabilized, but by focusing more on survival than on innovation, firms have left themselves open to newer, less obvious threats to this tentative status quo, a new report says. Read more »

After Kozinski, 9th Circ. Sets New Workplace Policies

Months after the resignation of Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski following allegations of sexual harassment, the appellate circuit on which he sat rolled out a series of policy changes aimed at preventing workplace harassment for court employees, according to a statement Monday. Read more »

Feature

Atty Hopefuls With Criminal Records Face Hazy Paths Forward

Tarra Simmons had the sort of resume that might seem like she could sail through the bar application process, but her application was nearly denied because she also has a criminal record. Different states have a range of views on admitting attorneys with criminal records, and thanks to a lack of data and lack of transparency, such applicants can face an uncertain path forward. It’s an issue that’s getting increasing attention and leading some to seek reforms. Read more »

Ogletree Sex Harassment Row Likely Headed To Arbitration

A California judge on Monday tentatively ruled a Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP partner must arbitrate his suit alleging he was sexually harassed by a shareholder at his former firm, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, saying Ogletree’s arbitration agreement holds up even if the suing attorney never signed it. Read more »

Calif. Bar Exam Pass Rate Still Falling, Hits Record Low

Only 27.3 percent of attorney hopefuls who took the California bar exam earlier this year passed, a record low, according to data released Friday by the State Bar of California. Read more »

Interview

15 Minutes With PepsiCo’s General Counsel

Dave Yawman didn’t give much thought to becoming the general counsel at PepsiCo, where he has worked for nearly 20 years, until the day after he was asked to fill the position in November. Here, he discusses the changes at the global food and beverage corporation during his tenure and the way discontent can lead to success. Read more »

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