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Matthew Schaefer Presents at Tax Conference

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On June 25, 2019, partner Matthew Schaefer spoke at the Institute for Professionals in Taxation’s 43rd Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Schaefer reviewed developments in state tax law in the year following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. He discussed the sweeping legal changes of the past twelve months...

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Brann & Isaacson Wins Dismissal of Retaliation Lawsuit Against Schoolteacher

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Justice Billings of the Sagadahoc Superior Court has ordered the dismissal of a third complaint filed by Matthew Pollock and Jane Quirion against staff members from Regional School Unit No. 75. The teacher in this case, who is represented by partners Daniel Nuzzi and Nathaniel Bessey, was accused of retaliation against the plaintiffs to, among...

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Nevada Privacy Law Goes Into Effect October 1

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What happens in Vegas, may now indeed need to stay in Vegas.  Although California’s sweeping new privacy law has dominated the headlines, other states are enacting their own, different privacy laws, and it’s important to understand the differences. Partner Stacy Stitham identifies some things we should know about the new Nevada privacy law.

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Mike Carey Confirmed to Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services

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On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, the Maine Senate unanimously confirmed Brann & Isaacson attorney Mike Carey to serve on the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services.  The Legislature established the Commission to meet the requirements of the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Maine Constitution to provide efficient, high-quality representation to indigent criminal...

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State Tax Notes Publishes Cover Feature By Martin Eisenstein and David Swetnam-Burland

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The cover of the June 6, 2019, issue of State Tax Notes featured an article by managing partner Martin Eisenstein and partner David Swetnam-Burland, “Chaos Theory: the States’ Response to Wayfair.” The article addresses the states’ responses to the Supreme Court’s 2018 opinion in South Dakota v. Wayfair, in which Brann & Isaacson represented the...

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Web Arbitration Clauses: Federal Court Upholds “Terms of Use”

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On June 7, 2019, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled in favor of retailer Wayfair LLC, and its parent company, Wayfair Inc., in a decision that both (1) upholds a web arbitration agreement and (2) provides useful guidance in presenting “terms of use” to website shoppers. What can we...

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George Isaacson Addresses Michigan Bar Association

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On May 23, 2019, Senior Partner George Isaacson spoke at the 32nd Tax Conference ICLE (Institute of Continuing Legal Education) of the Michigan Bar Association in Plymouth, Michigan. In his address, “An Insider’s View: Wayfair’s Attorney Breaks Down the Decision,” Isaacson discussed the lead-up, argument, and aftermath of South Dakota v. Wayfair, which he argued...

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Ben Lund Addresses the Real Estate Institute on Entity and Fiduciary Authority

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Partner Ben Lund gave a presentation entitled, “Overview: Entity and Fiduciary Authority,” at the Real Estate Institute of the Maine State Bar Association, held on May 3-4, 2019, in Augusta. Lund’s presentation included a discussion of the minimum documentation requirements for identity and authority, and the circumstances in which more than the minimum may be...

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B&I Secures Dismissal of California Privacy Class Action Complaint

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On May 1, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a putative class action filed against Brann & Isaacson client, NaviStone, Inc., and New Moosejaw, LLC. NaviStone, represented by David Bertoni, David Swetnam-Burland, and Eamonn Hart, had moved to dismiss the complaint based on the plaintiff’s lack of standing and...

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B&I Wins Transfer of Copyright Dispute from Florida to Vermont

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Partner Stacy Stitham has secured a transfer of a federal lawsuit filed by Exist Inc. against Brann & Isaacson client The Vermont Country Store from Florida to Vermont. The dispute centers on Vermont Country Store’s registered “ROCK FISH” fabric design copyright. After receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Vermont Country Store, Exist filed a declaratory judgment...

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