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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CORPORATE COUNSEL

Fulfilling Potential
James J. Eisen has spent more than 25 years of his legal career handling issues surrounding the renewable energy industry.

Small Businesses

SniffAZ, a not-for-profit, all-volunteer Valley organization established in 2012 to fund low cost and no cost spay/neuter services for Arizona’s companion animals, has been chosen as The Melting Pot “Charity of the Month” for August 2017.

judges

Phoenix Chief Presiding Hearing Officer Rosemarie Gavin has followed her law career wherever it has taken her - even to law librarian school - and she believes she’s far better off for being flexible.
News
Immigration act is really an exclusion act
President Donald Trump’s recent call for overhauling the legal immigration system suffers from serious racial implications and violations of basic family values.
9th Circuit: False online data gives plaintiff standingv
A plaintiff alleging a people search website reported false information about him may proceed with a Fair Credit Reporting Act suit, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
Tiempo Development announced new vice president
Tiempo Development, a pioneer and leader in Nearshore Outsource Software Development, recently announced Hilda Roy as Vice President of Talent and Culture.
CLE calendar
State and Valley Continuing Legal Education events.
US judge excoriates Uber lawyer
The judge overseeing discovery battles in the trade secret litigation in which Waymo LLC accused Uber Technologies Inc. of stealing the blueprints to its driverless car technology excoriated Uber’s attorneys at a hearing Wednesday for what she called cynical attempts to abuse attorney-client privilege.
9th Circuit affirms standing but denies class certification
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a mixed bag for plaintiffs suing under the Americans with Disabilities Act, ruling Wednesday that people who visit hotels merely to test compliance with the law have standing, but not class certification.
Fired Google engineer’s legal hopes are dim, attorneys say
James Damore might sue Google for firing him after the software engineer said his employer ignores biological differences that may account for few women in tech leadership roles.

GUEST COLUMNS

LLC members don’t necessarily have fiduciary duties
In 1992, the Arizona legislature enacted the Arizona Limited Liability Company Act. Since that time the LLC has become the entity of choice for many individuals, businesses, partners and investors.
When the partnership or LLC pays the tax
The IRS’s proposed regulations on the new centralized audit regime are looming -- and have many people scratching their heads in uncertainty about the ramifications.
Equal treatment for media and nonprofits
A small nonprofit called Delaware Strong Families (DSF) wanted to disseminate a voter guide on issues of interest to the organization. Such voter guides—basically pamphlets that suggest how voters should mark their ballots—are a common way for organizations to inform the public about policy issues.
Can the commander-in-chief block people on Twitter?
Seven people blocked by Donald Trump from his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account recently sued the president. Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University v. Trump, CV-17-05205 (S.D.N.Y. July 11, 2017).
Disability pay can be tax free, but in many cases it is not
What is taxed and what isn’t can be confusing. In the case of disability pay, whether it is taxed or not usually depends on who paid for the disability insurance coverage.