B&I Partners Offer Webinar on Factor Presence Tax Nexus

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On September, 27, 2017, partners Martin Eisenstein and Matthew Schaefer co–led a webinar for Strafford Publications on “Factor Presence Nexus for State and Local Taxes: Meeting the Challenges of Developing State Standards.” The webinar provided corporate tax advisers with guidance on attempts by many states to enforce so–called “factor presence nexus” on nonresident corporate taxpayers...

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B&I Issues Fall Estate Planning Alert

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Partners Martha E. Greene and Kenleigh A. Nicoletta have issued their Fall estate planning alert for 2017. The focus of this bulletin is “What is Probate?” They address such issues as to ensure the orderly distribution of your property to creditors, heirs and/or devisees after your death. A full copy of the alert is available here.

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Brann & Isaacson Lawyers Prevail in South Dakota Supreme Court Commerce Clause Challenge

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Brann & Isaacson partners George Isaacson, Martin Eisenstein, and Matthew Schaefer prevailed on September 14, 2017, in the South Dakota Supreme Court on a major statutory challenge to the leading U.S. Supreme Court Commerce Clause case protecting remote sellers with no physical presence from being obligated to collect and remit sales and use tax, Quill...

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South Carolina DOR Goes After Amazon Services For Unreported Sales/Use Tax On Third-Party Transactions

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Companies that operate online marketplaces should be aware of a recent determination issued by the South Carolina Department of Revenue upholding an assessment of uncollected sales tax against Amazon Services LLC (“Amazon Services”)  the entity that operates the website at www.amazon.com (the “Amazon website”), through which sales are made by both Amazon affiliates and non-affiliated...

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Peter Brann Again To Offer Course At Harvard Law School

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Partner Peter Brann will once again be co–teaching a class at the Harvard Law School as a Lecturer in Law during the Fall 2017 term on “The Role of the State Attorney General” with James Tierney, the former Maine Attorney General. Brann and Tierney have been teaching this class at Columbia and Harvard Law Schools...

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South Dakota Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In Commerce Clause Challenge

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On August 30, 2017, the South Dakota Supreme Court heard oral argument in the State of South Dakota’s appeal from the entry of summary judgment by the Hughes County Circuit Court in favor of retailers Wayfair Inc., Overstock.com, Inc. and Newegg, Inc. The Circuit Court in March 2017 invalidated the South Dakota economic nexus statute...

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Peter Lowe Speaks to Maine Business Leaders

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On August 7 in Augusta and August 10 in Portland, Peter Lowe was the keynote speaker at events hosted by Career Management Associates and Cross Insurance.  Peter spoke to business leaders and HR professionals about the latest developments in employment law both here in Maine and with the new administration in Washington, D.C.

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B&I Partners Assist Microsoft In Ending Patent Case

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Partners Stacy Stitham and Peter Brann, acting as local counsel, assisted Microsoft in obtaining a dismissal with prejudice of a patent lawsuit filed in the District of Maine. While the federal lawsuit was pending, Microsoft invalidated the patent in the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), which was then affirmed on appeal. The plaintiff sought a...

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Alabama Court Cancels Alabama Use Tax Assessment Against Scholastic Book Clubs

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In an order issued on August 18, 2017, the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Alabama canceled an assessment of use tax issued against Scholastic Book Clubs, concluding that Scholastic, represented by partner David Bertoni, lacked sufficient contacts with Alabama to be required to collect and remit tax. The court found that the activities of teachers...

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Brann & Isaacson attorneys selected for The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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Seven Brann & Isaacson attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018: George S. Isaacson, Commercial Litigation; Litigation and Controversy—Tax; Martin I. Eisenstein, Litigation and Controversy–Tax; Tax Law; Martha E. Greene, Trusts and Estates; Peter D. Lowe, Employment Law—Management; Benjamin W. Lund, Corporate Law; Real Estate Law; Peter. J. Brann,...

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