Category Archive: Strategy

Aug 12

Appeals Court Provides Tax Benefit to Unmarried Couples with High Mortgage Debt

A federal appeals court has agreed with an unmarried California couple that they should not be treated as married with regard to mortgage interest deductions limits. Bruce Voss and Charles Sophy are co-owners of real property.  Each claimed a home mortgage interest deduction in reliance on Section 163(h)(3) of the Tax Code, which allows for …

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Feb 17

Internet Real Estate Continues to Evolve with New gTLDs

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) announced that over 500 new generic top-level domains (“gTLDs”) have now been introduced into the Internet. The milestone 500th gTLD was .NTT, which represents Nippon Telegraph and Telephone. New domains are rolling out at an average of one per day.  ICANN has described its current process as the “Internet’s …

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Jan 22

Defense Asks Court to Let the Witness Speak!

In a recent patent infringement case, a Rule 30(b)(6) deposition (of the person most knowledgeable or “PMK” of a corporation on defined topics) included over 300 objections by plaintiff’s lawyer.  The defense subsequently argued for additional time to re-depose the PMK, claiming that the large number of objections effectively “ran down the clock” and prevented …

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Jan 07

Specialized Judges to Handle Complex Business / Commercial and Construction Litigation

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the NJ Judiciary will be utilizing a Complex Business Litigation Program to address complex business, commercial and construction cases with damage calculations exceeding $200,000.  Cases with smaller damage calculations may otherwise qualify based on the complexity of legal or factual issues a large number of parties complex discovery issues, including large volumes of documents …

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Jul 09

Daubert Provides For Liberal Admission Of Expert Testimony

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a district court decision to grant summary judgment based on excluding three plaintiff experts regarding causation.  While the district court ruled the experts did not reliably exclude alternative causes of injury and therefore their testimony was inadmissible under Daubert, the Court of Appeals concluded that this was …

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Nov 20

Can Amazon.com Save the USPS

Anyone following the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) recently has heard that the organization is losing money.  There have been many plans floating around on how to decrease cost and increase revenues.  Once such plan earlier this year was to eliminate Saturday delivery.  A recent USA Today article states, The postal service expects to deliver …

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Nov 05

1 inch is NOT worth $773 million in revenue

Earlier this year, an MSN Money article about Southwest suggested that by reducing legroom one inch at every seat on every aircraft Southwest flies, the airline will generate approximately $773 million more in top-line revenue. Apparently, reducing each aircraft’s seat pitch, otherwise called legroom, by one inch allows Southwest to install an additional aisle of seats, …

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Sep 19

How the information age might have doomed REI’s generous returns policy

REI, a retailer of outdoors equipment and clothing, has ended its extremely generous merchandise returns policy. This policy allowed customers to return any REI product, no matter how much time had passed since the date of purchase, no matter the condition of the returned product, and with or without a receipt. REI’s generosity earned it …

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Nov 20

Will Black Friday and Cyber Monday provide the gust that lifts the retailing industry up?

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the entire year, in the biggest shopping season of the year, comprising nearly 20% of annual retail sales. With many people waiting outside stores for hours huddled in blankets and sleeping bags to be the first to get the major deals, the shopping bonanza is expected to …

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Oct 25

7 Inch Tablet Four Way Deathmatch…and Fight!

Ever since Amazon dropped the price floor out of the tablet marketplace to $199 with the Kindle Fire, tech observers, and possibly many consumers, have wondering what Apple might do about it.  After a couple of press events, we finally have the answer in the iPad Mini. So here we have our four-way comparison of …

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