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Brann & Isaacson Files Brief Opposing Supreme Court Review of South Dakota Tax Case

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On December 7, 2017, George S. Isaacson, Martin I. Eisenstein, and Matthew P. Schaefer filed a brief opposing the grant of certiorari in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. et al. The brief, filed on behalf of Wayfair, Inc., Overstock.com, Inc., and Newegg, Inc., urges the Supreme Court not to review the South Dakota Supreme Court’s...

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Stacy Stitham Addresses New Maine Lawyers At Maine State Bar Association Event

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Stacy O. Stitham recently presented at the Maine State Bar Association’s 2017 “Bridging the Gap” seminar, aimed at providing newly-admitted attorneys with practical advice on need-to-know topics. Specifically, Stacy advised registrants and facilitated a discussion on how to succeed in practice at a “mid-sized” law firm of 8 to 20 practitioners.

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Eisenstein and Bertoni Grab Cover of State Tax News On Constitutional Sourcing Limits For IT Services

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Martin Eisenstein and David Bertoni appear on the cover of the latest issue of State Tax Notes with the firm’s latest column on tax issues affecting companies engaged in electronic commerce.   Their article, entitled “Here, There, and Everywhere:  Constitutional Limits on IT Sourcing,” argues that the Commerce Clause and the Due Process Clause of the...

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J. Crew Wins Summary Affirmance In Patent Dispute With Intellectual Ventures

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On November 20, 2017, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals summarily affirmed the invalidity of two patents asserted against J. Crew by Intellectual Ventures without opinion, just two weeks after hearing oral argument from Partner David Swetnam–Burland. In August 2016, Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas granted J. Crew’s motion to dismiss...

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B&I Lawyers Prevail in Federal Civil Rights Jury Trial

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On November 2, 2017, following a two-day federal jury trial, associate Connor J.K. Beatty, supervised by litigation partner Daniel A. Nuzzi, obtained a unanimous plaintiff verdict in a federal civil rights case. In this case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, the jury found that the prison disciplinary captain and prison...

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Brann & Isaacson Congratulates Its Six Super Lawyers For 2017

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Brann & Isaacson congratulates its Super Lawyers honorees for 2017:  George S. Isaacson—Tax and Business Litigation Martin I. Eisenstein —Tax, Business Litigation, and Business/Corporate Martha E. Greene—Estate Planning & Probate, Nonprofit Organizations, and Estate & Trust Litigation Peter J. Brann— Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation Stacy O. Stitham— Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation...

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U.S. Golf Manufacturers Council Submits Amicus Brief on Inter Partes Review

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On October 26, 2017, the U.S. Golf Manufacturers Council (USGMC) filed an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court in support of the respondents in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, arguing that the inter partes review proceedings through which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancels invalid patents plays a vital and...

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Crutchfield Files Court Challenge To Massachusetts “Economic Nexus” Regulation

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On October 24, 2017, Crutchfield Corporation filed suit in the Circuit Court for Albemarle County, Virginia, against officials in the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, challenging the validity of Massachusetts’ new “economic nexus” regulation. Crutchfield, represented by George Isaacson, Martin Eisenstein, and Matthew Schaefer, asserts that the new rule violates the Commerce Clause of the United...

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Eisenstein Presents Webinar on Management of State Tax Audits

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On October 3, 2017, Managing Partner Martin Eisenstein participated as a presenter in a Strafford Publishing webinar on “Sampling and Audit Management.” He discussed best practices in managing sales and use tax audits, and gave examples of typical problems taxpayers encounter when they do not follow best practices. Eisenstein provided specific practice pointers for tax...

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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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