Insights

Creating a mess by sweeping one state’s carefully considered rep statute under another state’s rug

In the course of selecting noteworthy judicial decisions involving independent reps to feature in this column, some stand out as significant rep wins with legal principles worth sharing, some comprise notable losses from which lessons can be learned, and some, like the subject of this article, involve haphazard judicial rulings that can devolve into a hot mess.

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Claiming Bad Debt Losses

Question: A few years ago, I individually loaned a friend a sizeable amount of money. Since there is no chance I will be repaid, can I report a tax deduction for the amount loaned?

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Vaccine Requirements – An Update

Since December 2020, the federal government, beginning with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s initial guidance on the subject, has made clear that mandatory employer vaccine requirements were permissible and did not violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, or the American with Disabilities Act, which we wrote about previously The ability of employer mandatory vaccine requirements has consistently been reinforced since that time.

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When is a sales representative not a sales representative?

Akstrom Imports Inc. raised several interesting arguments in defense of the claims brought by Minnesota sales representative Kinneberg Management Group (KMG), including that, as a Canadian distributor, it was not subject to the jurisdiction of a Minnesota federal court. Even if it was, Akstrom continued, Canadian law still controlled, not Minnesota’s pesky sales rep statute.

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