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bright line

n.
A clear line or point where one thing is distinguished from another; a line of demarcation.
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As a result, a bright-line rule requiring a taxpayer to follow its AFS for purposes of the 12month rule could lead to excessive capitalization," TEI concluded.
But the Court's exact words here are important, because some lawyers and courts have seen a bright-line rule prohibiting all greater ratios--and that is not at all what the Court said.
This Note investigates the legal issues surrounding the evasion of police checkpoints and argues that the Supreme Court should adopt a bright-line rule that allows police to stop vehicles that attempt to evade checkpoints.
Critics do not like this approach because they want a bright-line rule and the guidance that a bright-line rule provides.
It announces a bright-line rule barring the use of high-tech devices to intrude upon the privacy of the home, in an era where the Court has largely abandoned bright-line rules except where they benefit the police.
Justice Scalia rejected a bright-line rule which would render inadmissible all redacted confessions that employ the words "deleted" or "deletion," blank spaces or a symbol in lieu of the codefendant's name.
Part III proposes a bright-line rule to prevent plaintiffs from evading the complete diversity requirement: Courts should be prohibited from exercising supplemental jurisdiction over claims by plaintiffs in diversity cases that, but for the lack of complete diversity, could have been included in the original complaint.
Specifically, NAB identified at least three major problems with the Chairman's proposed order developing a bright-line rule attributing JSAs for ownership purposes and limiting the ability of broadcasters to negotiate jointly for retransmission consent:
To determine whether a foreign corporation has substantial business activities in a foreign country and thus is not a surrogate foreign corporation, in the new temporary regulations, the IRS applies a bright-line rule (replacing a facts-and-circumstances test in earlier temporary regulations).
31) By rejecting the conduct and effects tests, however, the bright-line rule articulated by the Supreme Court in Morrison drastically shortened the reach of [section] 10(b)'s application.