Tag Archives: Governments

Women’s loss is government’s gain: the last year of alimony deductibility

The ABA notes the tax law change eliminating the deduction for spousal support (alimony) payers, something around for the last 8 decades. The change is effective at the end of this year (2018). The practical effect in divorces was to… … Continue reading

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CRS on the federal government’s obligation to include countervailing information in FISA applications

From the CRS Legal Sidebar, HPSCI Memorandum Sparks Debate over FISA Application Requirements (February 14, 2018 LSB10076): A central factual question that appears to be disputed by the competing memoranda [the declassifed Nunes memo and the still classified Schiff memo] … Continue reading

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The Federal Circuit Will Rule on the Government’s “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” Position on Recovering Attorney’s Fees As “Expenses”

According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”), an applicant for a patent that tries to challenge the PTO’s denial of a patent by filing a civil action in federal district court should lose even if it wins, … Continue reading

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How High-Powered Lobbying and PR Firms Launder Influence for Foreign Governments

POGO – “When foreign governments need help navigating the DC swamp, there’s a whole host of high-powered DC lobbying and well-connected public relations firms eager to help them—for a hefty fee. Lax enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act or … Continue reading

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Germain Critiques Governments Response to Murphys Cert. Petition

This morning, I blogged the Governments brief in opposition to the petition for certiorari filed by the taxpayer in Murphy v. IRS, 493 F.3d 170 (D.C. Cir. 7/3/07). Following up on his earlier analysis of Ms. Murphys cert. petition, Gregory… … Continue reading

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