The Legal Monitor - 2011

  • 2011 Post-Session Report

    Posted in September 2011 on Thursday, September 8, 2011

    It took a very long time to accomplish very little. A difficult budget situation combined with divided government to make the 2011 session of the Iowa legislature historic in a number of ways.

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  • To Pay or Not to Pay

    Posted in September 2011 on Thursday, September 1, 2011

    In today's technological world, many employers provide their employees with remote access to email either through hand held devices such as the iPhones or Blackberries or through a remote internet connection on their home computers

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  • Health Care Reform - Legal Challenges Update

    Posted by Alice Helle | in September 2011 on Thursday, September 1, 2011

    On August 12, 2011, in Florida v. Sebelius, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled that the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") is unconstitutional.

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  • Our Lobbying and Government Affairs Practice Group Stands Tall

    Posted in September 2011 on Thursday, September 1, 2011

    This is our annual newsletter dedicated to a post-legislative session summary and report. We find that clients appreciate hearing a little more about what happened (and what didn't happen) on "The Hill."

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  • 2011 is Shaping Up to Be a Great Year

    Posted by Christopher Sackett | in February 2011 on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    At BrownWinick we're excited to be part of your business and legal team as you take advantage of the opportunities and tackle the challenges that are sure to make this year more exciting, and likely more rewarding, then the past couple of years

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  • Our Firm Continues to Grow - February 2011

    Posted in February 2011 on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    In our continuing effort to provide clients with the best possible legal services, BrownWinick continues to grow by hiring and promoting outstanding attorneys

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  • Tax Extensions and Incentives - For a Limited Time Only

    Posted in February 2011 on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    Congress left taxpayers on the edge of their seats up until nearly the end of the year. With the Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of 2010, taxpayer friendly legislation was needed or comparatively unfavorable provisions would go into effect. With the rapidly increasing national debt, many feared Congressional inaction. At what seemed to be the eleventh hour, Congress, generously and somewhat unexpectedly, passed favorable legislation to benefit taxpayers retroactively and into 2011.

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  • The Exemption of Service Providers - Red Flags Rule Update

    Posted by Rebecca Brommel | in February 2011 on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    On December 18, 2010, President Obama signed legislation intended to exempt lawyers, health care providers, accountants and other service providers from having to comply with the Red Flags Rule. For those still covered by the Rule, the Federal Trade Commission began enforcement of the Rule on January 1, 2011.

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  • Avoiding Liability For Bankruptcy Preference Claims

    Posted by in February 2011 on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    Receiving a demand letter or lawsuit for the return of preferential payments to a bankrupt debtor is typically a frustrating situation for creditors. To creditors that have not had much previous experience dealing with bankruptcy preferences, being hit with a preference claim can seem especially confusing and unfair.

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  • A Christmas Present From Congress

    Posted by in February 2011 on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    Although much of the media attention has focused on the extension of the Bush income tax cuts, Congress has given those subject to estate tax a generous Christmas present. For those dying in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the estate tax threshold has been raised to $5 million. For most people, that will both eliminate federal estate tax and allow a full step-up in the tax basis of the decedent's assets

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