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AT&T/TIME Warner DOJ Smack Down: You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows

Aug 16 2018
In his recent opinion in the latest incarnation of U.S. v. AT&T, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon rejected, in no uncertain terms, the U.S. Justice Department’s efforts to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. AT&T is one of the nation’s largest Internet access, wireless mobile, local and long distance wireline providers, and the nation’s largest multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD), through DirecTV, a satellite MVPD, DirectTV NOW, its virtual over-the-top MVPD, and U-Verse, AT&T’s wireline MVPD.

Sin Eaters, Moles, and Eternal Damnation: Europe’s Quasi-Religious War Against U.S. Internet Companies

Aug 15 2018
The belief that privacy is a fundamental human right is currently held as an essential tenet for managing European society. This belief is held so deeply among European privacy regulators, presented in such moral and ethical language, and protected with such vehemence against opposing views and practices, that it seems to have become an item of pure faith. The “right to privacy” as defined by regulators has become a semi-religious European principal for maintaining a civilized society.

Transfer Taxes and the Tax Act: An Overview and Three Possible Responses

May 10 2018
Individuals and businesses continue to evaluate the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Tax Act” or “Act”) and, in particular, the specific effects on personal and business tax planning. Our clients are asking us daily how they should respond to the changes in law. In a prior newsletter, we summarized the Tax Act more generally and addressed the various aspects of personal, business, and estate tax planning affected by the provisions of the Act.

2018 is a Unique Year for Taxes

May 10 2018
You may be happy that a refund is coming, or you may be steamed at the amount of taxes you had to pay. Regardless, the experience you had for the 2017 tax season likely will be significantly different from the 2018 tax season.

Recent Developments Toward A Fiduciary Standard For Brokers

May 10 2018
Much has happened since we last reported on the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule. The compliance deadline was extended 18 months to July 1, 2019. A federal appellate court vacated the Fiduciary Rule in its entirety. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission finally issued its own proposed “best interest” standard for brokers.

The Trump Scorecard Revisited

May 10 2018
In this installment, we depart slightly from the scorekeeping used in past editions. We aren’t alone; for the most part, the mainstream media has largely abandoned the scorecard approach to measuring the Trump presidency after the one-year anniversary of the President’s inauguration.

GDPR Compliance Task Force

Jun 06 2018
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation went into effect on May 25, 2018. GDPR replaced the EU Data Protection Directive. GDPR can apply to US-based businesses even if they do not have offices or employees in the EU. It can also reach activities conducted outside the EU.


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