Monthly Archives: November 2014

PLI Discover PLUS 2014 Third Quarter Coverage List


The Practising Law Institute 2014 Discover PLUS Third Quarter coverage list is out! Our coverage list is a reference guide for librarians, attorneys, researchers, and other PLI Discover PLUS subscribers. Inside the catalog is a listing of the books, forms, and transcripts that were added to Discover PLUS between July 1st and September 30th.

PLI Discover PLUS continues to grow: new books are published; Treatises are updated; Forms are added; and new programs generate our Course Handbooks and Transcripts.  Check out the new titles – which include 97 Archived Course Handbooks – as we continue to develop our archival collection back to 2004!


PLI Discover PLUS – Sample Search Anti-Money Laundering

PLI Discover PLUS allows you to easily locate the documents you are looking for through its clean and user-friendly interface.  Here’s a quick research topic video which illustrates how to search for documents on anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing, specific to compliance.  Make sure to check out the rest of our videos on the PLI Librarian YouTube channel!

We will continue to add instructional videos to this channel, so stay tuned for more! And if you have any suggestions on search tips videos you would like to see, please contact the PLI Library Help Desk .

New Discover PLUS Research Topic Guide – Public Performance Rights

We created this Research Topic Guide for those researchers interested in learning more about a current legal issue such as Public Performance Rights, from leading practitioners and experts.

Discover PLUS is a great place to begin your research because all of PLI’s publications are secondary sources that contain expert analyses of topics such as the Supreme Court’s recent ruling against Aereo (an online streaming video service), and how this may effect future public performance rights cases.

You can view this Research Topic Guide here, and check out our other Research Topic  Guides under the Training Center tab.


New Book! International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide

PractisInternatl Tax Controing Law Institute (PLI) has announced the release of their newest Treatise title, International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide.

The new International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide, authored by a team of experts from Steptoe & Johnson LLP, provides a detailed roadmap for resolving cross-border tax issues.

The new book is organized into three parts: “International Tax Audits and Appeals,” “Government-to-Government Cooperation” and “Litigating International Tax Cases.”

In Part 1, “International Tax Audits and Appeals,” the authors – Philip R. West, J. Walker Johnson, Michael Durst and Amanda Varma – offer clear guidance on handling international examinations, IRS appeals and special appeals procedures. They walk readers through pre-audit planning, including document retention and spoliation. They shed light on transfer pricing issues, as well as concerns regarding attorney-client privilege and other protections in the cross-border context. Additionally, the authors highlight special document issues in international examinations, including information document requests (IDRs) and administrative summonses.

In Part 2, “Government-to-Government Cooperation,” the authors outline and explain mutual agreement procedures (MAPs), which provide taxpayers the opportunity to ask the “competent authorities” of countries taking conflicting positions to reach an agreement that will protect them from double taxation. Additionally, the authors analyze advance pricing agreements (APAs), providing detailed guidance on the process by which taxpayers may obtain an APA.

In Part 3, “Litigating International Tax Cases,” the authors outline post-appeals litigation options. Entire chapters are also dedicated to discovery in international tax cases and trial and appellate practice.

International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide is a much-needed guide providing skillful guidance to resolving U.S. international tax controversies.

If you’d like to order International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide, please email the PLI Library Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.

PLI Course Handbooks Published in October 2014

Listed below are the PLI Course Handbooks published in October 2014:

Corporate & Securities


Estates & Trusts

Intellectual Property


Real Estate

PLI Treatises Updated in October 2014

In October 2014, PLI updated the following Treatises:

Also in October 2014, PLI published the following new Treatise title:

If you are on standing order for any of these titles, the releases have already been shipped. If you would like to place an order, please email PLI Library Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.

New Book! Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book 2015

attorney client answer bookPractising Law Institute (PLI) has announced the release of their newest title, Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book 2015.

Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book 2015 provides, in a Q&A format, clear answers to the questions that attorneys grapple with on a regular basis as to what is, or is not, covered by the attorney-client privilege. As the bounds of the attorney-client privilege are narrower and less clear than many lawyers —and most clients — believe them to be, Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book clarifies, and provides practical examples, of what is covered. It also discusses how the attorney-client privilege differs from related legal concepts such as the work-product doctrine and the lawyer’s professional duty to preserve client confidences.

Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book answers such questions as:

  • How does the attorney-client privilege, which assures the confidentiality of client communication, coordinate with the fundamental tenet of the judicial system — to seek the truth?
  • How does the court decide which body of law applies to the privilege issue being decided?
  • When is an attorney acting as an attorney in a specific matter, as opposed to providing, for instance, simple business advice?
  • Who is a client — for purposes of invoking the privilege? And if the client is not a person, which employees of the business may communicate with the attorney on behalf of the client?
  • What is a communication that is protected? And what kinds of communications are not protected?
  • Since only communications intended to be confidential are protected, when have courts not found the necessary intention to keep a communication secret?

If you’d like to order Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book, please email the PLI Library Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.