SALT & Pepper

  • Some Good News for the Good Guys: Retailer Wins Illinois Qui Tam Ruling

    The serial "whistleblower," Stephen Diamond, P.C., has lost another trial in Illinois. After a bench trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Judge Mulroy ruled in favor of the defendant retailer, Lush Internet, Inc. ("Lush Internet"), in another of the hundreds of qui tam actions filed by Diamond ("Relator") based on alleged fraud for failure to pay sales and use tax.
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  • April 2016 Tax Credits & Incentives Update

    This post continues a monthly series outlining updates in state tax credits and incentives; included here are legislative, gubernatorial and case law updates. While tax credits and incentives have their fair share of critics, they are a reality in today's competitive business environment in which states compete with each other for jobs and investment. Regardless of the criticisms, state tax credits and incentives benefit many kinds of entities in a number of different ways
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  • SEC Whistleblower Focus Has Been Busy To Date in 2016

    The SEC enacted a whistleblower program in 2011, similar to the Federal False Claims Act and the numerous state false claims acts. In like fashion, someone who voluntarily provides information to the SEC that leads to a successful prosecution may be awarded 10% - 30% of the enforcement funds collected in excess of $1 million. To date, the program has paid out more than $57 million to 26 whistleblowers.
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