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On March 9, 2022, the New Jersey legislature unanimously passed, and New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy signed, Senate Bill No. 1889 (“SB 1889”), which, among other limitations, prohibits entities with certain ties to Russia or Belarus from benefitting from New Jersey state and local economic development incentives, including certain state and local tax incentives. While several other states’ pension funds have moved to divest themselves of Russian financial holdings, SB 1889—which was swiftly introduced…

Governor Hochul rang in the new year by vetoing a bill that expanded the New York State False Claims Act (“FCA”) to permit claims against non-filers. Specifically, on December 31, 2021, Governor Hochul vetoed Senate Bill S4730 (Assembly Bill A2543), explaining in Veto Message No. 83 that “the language in the bill is broader than impacting only non-filers, and would implicate more tax filing controversies to the False Claims Act than just non-filers. This would…

On Tuesday, the New York Supreme Court granted Baker McKenzie’s motion to dismiss the New York Attorney General’s (“AG”) complaint against B&H Foto and Electronics Corp. regarding a purported False Claims Act (“FCA”) violation. The AG incorrectly alleged that B&H made a false claim on its tax return when they did not collect sales tax on “instant savings,” a type of vendor funding where a manufacturer reduces B&H’s purchase price of a particular item based…