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Treasury, Internal Revenue Service Issue Final Regulations for Transfer of Energy Credits
Category: Municipal and Public Finance
On April 25, 2024, the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations regarding the transfer of energy tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA). Proposed regulations regarding transferability of energy tax credits were…
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Are Attorneys Fees Recoverable When Suing on Trade Secret Claims?
Category: Business, Employment, Information Privacy, Security and Data Rights, Intellectual Property, Litigation
Are attorney fees recoverable when suing on trade secret claims? In some cases, yes. In Arkansas, attorneys’ fees are recoverable in a breach of contract case. As we have discussed in prior blog posts on the subject, trade secret claims are often brought alongside a variety of employment and…
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Are Certain Claims Prevented When Bringing a Trade Secret Claim?
Category: Business, Employment, Information Privacy, Security and Data Rights, Intellectual Property, Litigation
Are certain claims prevented when bringing a trade secret claim? Yes. Generally speaking the Arkansas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (AUTSA) displaces conflicting tort, restitutionary, and other law concerning the misappropriation of a trade secret. However, a plaintiff seeking to protect trade secrets…
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SOS: We are flying to Europe in two hours and don't have an estate plan!
Category: Tax
Most attorneys who work in the estate planning field have received a panicky, last-minute call from a client or potential client who is about to go overseas on a big trip (generally, the vacation of a lifetime). The anxiety, uncertainty, and excitement of the coming adventure come together and…
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Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Applications Opening Date Announced
Category: Municipal and Public Finance, Tax
The U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on May 13, 2024, the opening date for applications for the 2024 program year of the Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program (Bonus Credit Program) under Section 48(e) of the Internal Revenue Code. Last…
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Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Blog

National Environmental Policy Act/Phase II Final Rule: Arkansas and 19 Attorneys General File Judicial Challenge
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
Twenty Attorneys General (including Arkansas) filed a judicial challenge on May 21st in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota to the Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) rule styled: National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Regulations Revisions Phase 2…
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Flood Control/Adjacent Landowner: Minnesota Appellate Court Addresses Legality of Berm
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
Co-Author Minoah Milam The Court of Appeals of Minnesota (“Court”) addressed in a May 20th Opinion, issues arising out of a landowner’s actions to address water flow onto her property. See Plymouth v. Kristensen No. 27-CV-21-8038. The question considered was whether the landowner’s berm system…
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Stormwater Construction Enforcement/Solar Energy Facility: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Massachusetts Solar Company Enter into Settlement
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a May 21st news release stating it had entered into a settlement with Navisun, LLC (“Navisun”). Navisun is described as a solar energy company based in Hingham, Massachusetts. Navisun is alleged to have committed violations of the…
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Brownfields/Arkansas: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Grant Awards for Southwest Arkansas Planning/Development District, Arkansas Department of Energy & Environment and Pulaski County
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced in a May 23rd news release Brownfield grants have been awarded to the following Arkansas entities: Arkansas Department of Energy & Environment ($1,000,000) Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District, Inc. ($2,000,000)…
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National Environmental Policy Act/Sovereign Immunity: Federal Court Addresses Action Challenging Federal Highway Administration Decision
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
Co-Author Tye Boudra-Bland The United States District Court, D. Utah, Central Division (“Court”) addressed in a May 14th Opinion on an issue regarding the doctrine of sovereign immunity in three consolidated cases involving the National Environmental Protection Act (“NEPA”). See Salt Lake City…
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