Friday, May 23, 2014

T&E itemized deduction regs; Sex offender habeas; Wisconsin parmesan; etc.

Recent news and comment on law and policy:

Administrative Law & Regulation

IRS Issues Final Regulations on Determining Which Trust & Estate Costs are Subject to Itemized Deduction Floor, by Jordan Taylor, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison

Civil Rights

Joe Parisi's race problem -- and ours: The county executive has a plan for addressing inequality, by Nathan J. Comp, Isthmus

Criminal Law & Procedure

Federal Appeals Court Allows Wisconsin Child Sex Offender's Habeas Case to Proceed, by Joe Forward, WisBar News, on Avila v. Richardson, No. 13-1833

Federalism & Separation of Powers

Legal Theory Bookworm, by Lawrence Solum, Legal Theory Blog, recommends The President as Commander in Chief: An Essay in Constitutional Vision, by H. Jefferson Powell. (via University Bookman)

Free Speech & Election Law

Voting bills get little lobby support, by Bill Lueders, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Wisconsin Law Journal

Courts to decide whether John Doe a useful tool or unfair witch hunt, by Jason Stein, Patrick Marley and Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Intellectual Property

Lawmakers Advocate for Common Cheese Names, by Seth A. Mailhot, Washington, and Jeffrey D. Peterson and Cameron F. Field, Madison, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

International & National Security Law

Book Review, by Hartmann Young, of America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare, in Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society Practice Groups, Volume 14, Issue 3

Labor & Employment Law

Lawyer’s poker: In-house counsels’ lips might no longer be sealed, The Economist

Litigation

Supreme Court Interprets ‘Non-trucking Use’ Bobtail Coverage Exclusions, by Thomas Donnelly, Emile Banks and Associates LLC, Milwaukee, at Wisconsin Defense Counsel, on Casey v. Smith, 2014 WI 20 (2012AP667)

Telecommunications & Electronic Media

The Degradation of CDs and DVDs, by Bonnie Shucha, WisBlawg