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Wall Street Journal Quotes Peter Brann On Impact Of Major Supreme Court Patent Case

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In a March 23, 2017, article, the Wall Street Journal quotes Partner Peter Brann on the potential impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in a major patent case, TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands. The case, which is scheduled for oral argument on Monday, March 27, 2017, has the potential to put a stop...

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B&I attorneys Meg Greene and Kenleigh Nicoletta present at the Maine State Bar Association’s CLE Seminar

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B&I attorneys Meg Greene and Kenleigh Nicoletta will present at the Maine State Bar Association’s CLE seminar “Tax-Exempt Organizations: Fundamentals and Beyond” on March 28, 2017.  Their presentations will cover topics including formation and incorporation of tax-exempt organizations, governance, unrelated business income, and lobbying and political activity by tax-exempt organizations. For more information or to...

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Isaacson and Schaefer Author Cover Story For State Tax Notes On State Efforts To Expand Online Sales Tax

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In their cover article in the February 27 issue of State Tax Notes (“Retail Giants vs. Small Business: The Real Remote Sales Tax Fight”), Senior Partner George Isaacson and Partner Matthew Schaefer explain how the battle over state efforts to impose sales tax collection obligations on Internet retailers and other remote sellers has evolved into a conflict between the interests...

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Matt Schaefer Speaks About DMA v. Brohl, State Notice and Reporting Laws at COST Sales Tax Conference

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On February 27, 2016, partner Matthew Schaefer presented a seminar at the Council on State Taxation’s Annual Sales Tax Conference and Audit Session, which was held this year in San Antonio, Texas. Schaefer’s session was entitled “Can States Regulate Remote Sellers Into Submission To Collect States’ Taxes?” The discussion focused on state use tax notice...

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Brann & Isaacson Files U.S. Supreme Court Brief In Major Patent Case

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Partners Peter Brann, David Swetnam-Burland, and Stacy Stitham filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of 48 Internet companies, retailers, and associations in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the Court to reiterate its narrow interpretation of the patent venue statute in order to stop forum shopping by patent trolls and others. Underscoring the importance of this...

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Eisenstein and Schaefer Speak at Major Ohio Tax Conference on Factor Presence Nexus

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On January 24, 2016, Martin Eisenstein and Matthew Schaefer gave an advanced workshop at the 26th Annual Ohio Tax Conference in Columbus, Ohio regarding “Factor Presence Nexus for State and Local Taxes: Meeting the Challenges of Developing States Standards for Income, Sales and Gross Receipts Taxes.” Their presentations focused on state laws adopting, and court cases concerning,...

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Peter Brann To Teach At Harvard Law School

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Partner Peter Brann will be co–teaching a class at the Harvard Law School as a Lecturer in Law during the Spring 2016 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 for the...

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George Isaacson Named State Tax Notes Person Of The Year For 2016

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Senior Partner George Isaacson has been named the 2016 Person of the Year by State Tax Notes, (See article here) citing his close and long–standing engagement in constitutional litigation in the state tax arena, and describing him as a “calm, brilliant advocate.” Brann & Isaacson congratulates George on this richly deserved recognition and honor. We...

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Peter Lowe, Dan Stockford, and Connor Beatty Speak At Central Maine Human Resources Association Meeting

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B&I attorneys Peter Lowe, Dan Stockford, and Connor Beatty gave a presentation to the Central Maine Human Resources Association on recent trends in employment law. CMHRA is the local affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management, and the organization provides training and educational opportunities to HR professionals throughout the area. The presentation covered some...

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Bloomberg BNA Quotes Matthew Schaefer On South Dakota Nexus Law

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Bloomberg BNA quoted Partner Matthew Schaefer in a recent article on the impact of Amazon.com’s decision to voluntarily collect and remit sales and use tax in South Dakota. The State recently enacted a statute expressly designed to challenge the rule announced by the Supreme Court in Quill v. North Dakota that retailers cannot be required...

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