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  • How to avoid tax scams

    March / April 2020
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 556

    Abstract: When there’s money involved, scam artists seem to come out of the woodwork, and tax season is no exception. Fortunately, by becoming familiar with common tax scams and understanding what the IRS will and will not do, it’s easy to avoid them. This article explores several tax scams and explains what taxpayers can do if they feel they’ve been the target of a scam.

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  • Cash is king — even in fraud schemes

    March / April 2018
    Newsletter: Advocate's Edge / Litigation Support

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 556

    Abstract: It’s probably no surprise that cash is the most popular fraud target. This article explains how forensic accounting experts identify potential cash traps, such as overbilling and phantom employee scams, and how they trace schemes through a company’s accounting systems to catch a thief.

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  • Right to associate – Employees’ off-duty conduct isn’t always protected

    November / December 2017
    Newsletter: Employment Law Briefing

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 556

    Abstract: When wife-swapping sheriff’s deputies were threatened with the loss of their jobs, they claimed termination would violate their First Amendment right to associate. This article summarizes the case, Coker v. Whittington, and explains why the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the deputies’ employers. Coker v. Whittington, No. 16-30679, May 23, 2017 (5th Cir.) Obergefell v. Hodges, Nos. 14-556, June 26, 2015 (U.S.)

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  • Handle with care: Mutual funds and taxes

    November 2017
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 556

    Abstract: Many people overlook tax considerations when planning their mutual fund investments. This article offers some tax-savvy tips, including avoiding year-end investments and watching out for reinvested distributions. A sidebar explains why tax-inefficient funds should be directed to nontaxable accounts.

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  • Do your pay rates match actual job responsibilities?

    July / August 2015
    Newsletter: Employment Law Briefing

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 556

    Abstract: Just about every company faces a challenge in matching pay rates to job responsibilities. But a misstep here that falls along gender lines could result in an employee filing suit under the Equal Pay Act. This article describes a recent case in which an employer had to defend itself against just such a claim. Riser v. QEP Energy, No. 14-4025, Feb. 27, 2015 (10th Cir.)

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  • Are you hiding something? Failure to share key information could invalidate a patent

    October / November 2011
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 556

    Abstract: A company held patents on a resin that was composed of several components. The patent, however, didn’t disclose one component and, for the components listed, it disclosed ranges of concentrations rather than the precise recipe. When it later filed suit against another company for patent infringement, the defendant asserted that there was no patent protection, because the plaintiff had failed to establish the “best mode” of practicing the claimed invention. This article looks at the Federal Circuit’s decision. Wellman, Inc. v. Eastman Chemical Co., No. 2010-1249, April 29, 2011 (Fed Cir.)

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  • Tanks but no tanks: Neglected permit fuels lawsuit

    September / October 2008
    Newsletter: Construction Law Briefing

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 556

    Abstract: Most contractors would know that skirting permit requirements on a construction project would place them at considerable legal risk. Nonetheless, the temptation to cut corners in the name of timeliness and profitability can be strong. This article looks at a recent California case that illustrates the consequences of this precarious move.

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