Georgia Update: Automatic Renewals in Consumer Service Contracts

Georgia HB 1039 amends O.C.G.A. § 13-12-3 to provide additional protections for consumers who enter into service contracts containing lengthy automatic renewal provisions.   

Pre-Existing Requirement: For service contracts with an initial term of twelve months or longer and an automatic

Cooperatives May Qualify for Benefits Under CARES Act

by AHC Attorney, Mary B. Luong

On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT). The CARES Act provided an economic stimulus package of $349 billion dollars for Paycheck Protection …

FCC Probe Finds Mobile Carriers Didn’t Safeguard Customer Location Data.

The FCC is seeking more than $200 Million in fines from “one or more” cellphone carriers, among them AT&T and T-Mobile.  Officials found the companies apparently violated federal law by failing to safeguard information about customers’ real-time locations.

The following …

McKenzie Electric, Basin Electric at Odds Over Rates

McKenzie Electric Cooperative recently filed a lawsuit seeking damages from its supplier Upper Missouri G&T Electric Cooperative and electricity generator Basin Electric Cooperative.  McKenzie Electric is claiming that rate increases since 2016 violate state law and breaches contractual agreements

Section 501(c)(12) qualified transportation fringes

The IRS has provided guidance on how exempt taxpayers, like Section 501(c)(12) cooperatives, can claim a refund after the repealed provisions concerning qualified transportation fringes.  You can visit the IRS site for more information. 

The Taxpayer Certainty and

Tax Reform Act Impacts Cooperatives, Part IV: Impact on Governmental Grants

Perhaps the most impactful aspect of the recent tax reform law is the change to the treatment of governmental grants.  Many cooperatives qualify for governmental grants in furtherance of their community benefits, such as electric, telephone, and broadband service and …