Supreme Court Decision Impacts Permitting Requirements for Groundwater Pollution

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By Steve Jones4/28/2020 Supreme Court Requires Clean Water Act Permit for Groundwater Pollution that is the “Functional Equivalent” of a Direct Discharge. On April 23, 2020, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Clean Water Act requires a permit “if the addition of the pollutants through groundwater is the functional equivalent… Read more »

RQN Ranked as a Top Law Firm in Prestigious Chambers USA Guide

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4/28/2020 Ray Quinney & Nebeker is ranked as a top law firm in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide. Chambers USA ranks firms and individual lawyers based on research that includes in-depth interviews with clients and peers. The Firm received Chambers highest rankings once again in Labor & Employment (Band 1) and General Commercial Litigation (Band… Read more »

THRYV and the Supreme Court’s Paralyzing Fear of Bad Patents

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By: Thomas Lingard4/24/2020 The Supreme Court has a paralyzing fear of “bad patents.”  With the recent case Thryv v. Click-to-Call Technologies, the Court has given the USPTO, and IPRs in particular, broad powers to remove this scourge from the nation.  What’s more, the Court has weakened its own power by making the decision to institute… Read more »

Potential Avenues to Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Losses

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By: Kristine Larsen Depending on the specific policy language, insurance coverage may be available for a variety of COVID-19 related losses for corporate policyholders of all types despite insurance commentators’ early opinions that there is simply no coverage. Many businesses have suffered massive financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an attempt to survive… Read more »

COVID-19 Related Suspension of Civil Penalty Payments

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By: Blaine Rawson In response to the economic difficulties caused by COVID-19, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has modified its approach to collecting outstanding civil penalties.  According to a March 31, 2020 memo, the DOJ has suspended collection of outstanding civil penalties until at least May 31, 2020, with the possibility of an… Read more »

Employer Tax-Free Grants to Employees: What You Should Know

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By Bruce L. Olson Many employees are facing potentially catastrophic personal economic circumstances as a result of COVID-19. Employers who want to support their employees financially should consider making “qualified disaster relief payments” which, if properly structured, can provide significant tax benefits to both the employers and the employees. Qualified disaster payments are free from… Read more »

Retirement Accounts and the CARES Act

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By Gregg D. Stephenson On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), a massive stimulus bill designed to help both individuals and businesses survive the current economic crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Included among the many provisions are rules easing the ability… Read more »

COVID-19 Crisis Presents Unique Opportunities to Transfer Wealth

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By Gary Longmore and Jason Tholen During the past month, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world’s entire population.  The economic fallout also presents a planning opportunity to transfer significant wealth to family members and loved ones that are free of gift and estate taxes.  In particular, three recent events have made a number of… Read more »

Further Extensions of IRS Deadlines for Filing and Paying

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By Bruce L. Olson In the third such notice, the Treasury Department and IRS have extended additional key filing and payment deadlines for individuals and businesses, requiring no taxpayer action to implement. This latest IRS relief applies to many returns not previously included, tax payments and other actions. The extensions generally now apply to all… Read more »

CARES Act Expands Bonus Depreciation to Qualified Improvement Property

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By Jeff Rasmussen On March 27, 2020, the United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to help combat the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of particular note to commercial real estate owners, the CARES Act included an important correction to depreciation rules enacted as part of the… Read more »