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California Court of Appeals Upholds Cap-and-Trade Auctions

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Yesterday, the Court of Appeals for California’s Third Appellate District issued its decision in California Chamber of Commerce, et al., vs. State Air Resources Board, et al., upholding the district court’s decision and...more

GHG Allowance Auctions are Not a Tax; Key Element of State’s Cap-and-Trade Program Upheld

California Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. California Air Resources Board, et al., Case No. C075930 (Cal. Ct. App. 3d. Dist., 2017). On April 6, the California Court of Appeal for the Third District issued its...more

Valero Refining-Texas, L.P. v. Galveston Central Appraisal District: A Strategic Opportunity?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Texas Supreme Court recently handed an owner of a Texas oil refinery a significant victory in Valero Refining-Texas, L.P. v. Galveston Central Appraisal District, No. 15-0492, 2017 WL 727276 (Tex. Feb. 24, 2017). In a...more

Cap and Trade Auction Credits: Taxes, Regulatory Fees or “Something Else”? California Third District Court of Appeal Hears...

by Nossaman LLP on

A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal for the Third District heard oral argument last week in the longstanding companion cases challenging the legality of AB 32’s cap and trade auctions. California Chamber of...more

California Cap-and-Trade Lawsuit Hits Milestone with Oral Argument at the Court of Appeal

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Yesterday, California’s Third District Court of Appeal heard oral argument in the related cases California Chamber of Commerce v. California Air Resources Board and Morning Star Packing Co. v. California Air Resources Board. ...more

Act Now To Preserve Your Section 1603 Grant

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - We recently reported that on October 31, 2016, the US Court of Federal Claims issued its opinion in Alta Wind I Owner v. United States, in which the court determined that the value of the property eligible for...more

D.C. Circuit Questions FERC’s Policy Statement on Income Tax Allowances

On July 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its opinion in United Airlines, Inc., et al. v. FERC. This oil pipeline rate case appeal involves SFPP, L.P., a pipeline organized as a limited...more

D.C. Circuit Reopens Controversy Concerning Regulated Master Limited Partnership Taxation

On Friday, July 1, 2016, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reopened the issue of whether pipelines organized as partnerships can claim a tax allowance for ratemaking purposes...more

Texas Comptroller Prevails in Tax Exemption Claim

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

A fight over the Texas sales tax drew industry-wide attention when the trial judge commented from the bench that he was inclined to exempt purchases of casing, tubing, pumps and related services from Texas state sales tax....more

Court of Appeal Turns a Careful Eye Toward Challenges to California’s Cap-and-Trade Auction System

by Reed Smith on

A California Court of Appeal signaled it is moving closer to making what could be a far-reaching decision in the consolidated cases of California Chamber of Commerce v. California Air Resources Board (Case No. C075930) and...more

Supreme Court Rejects Maryland Power Plant Subsidies, But Signals Permissible Ways for States to Incentivize New Plants

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In recent years, Maryland attempted to subsidize new power plants by guaranteeing prices for generating capacity at wholesale auctions administered by PJM Interconnection L.L.C. (PJM). Tuesday, the Supreme Court unanimously...more

The Supreme Court - April 2016 #3

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases on April 19, 2016: Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, No. 14-614: Congress, though the Federal Power Act (“FPA”), 16 U.S.C. §791a et seq., vested...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 7, Issue 3, March 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

TRIAL COURT HOLDS THAT FEES RELATED TO THE NEW YORK HIGHWAY USE TAX ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL - In a class action lawsuit, an Albany County trial court held that flat highway use registration and decal fees charged to heavy...more

Newhall Case Applies Proposition 26 to Wholesale Water Rates

by Nossaman LLP on

Newhall County Water District v. Castaic Lake Water Agency (2016) 243 Cal.App.4th 1430 (“Newhall”) - Case Disposition - Plaintiff Newhall County Water District (“Newhall”), a retail water purveyor, challenged a...more

California Appellate Court Holds Groundwater Pumping Fees are Property-Related Fees Subject to Prop. 218

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Decision Conflicts with a Separate Appellate Court Decision to be Considered by the California Supreme Court - In Great Oaks Water Company v. Santa Clara Valley Water District, originally issued March 26, the Sixth...more

Rectification in a Tax Context: The Intention Standard Prevails

A drafting mistake in an agreement can result in significant and unintended tax consequences. In the recent case of Baytex Energy Ltd. v. Canada (Attorney General) (Baytex), the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Court)...more

Los Angeles Settles Disputed Phone Tax for $92.5M

by Reed Smith on

Recently, a class of plaintiffs settled with City of Los Angeles over its alleged unlawful collection of telephone utility user tax (UUT). The class alleged that the Los Angeles Municipal Code exempted from UUT all amounts...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 8 - August 2015

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Court Of Appeals Affirms Revocation Of Tax Exemption For Public Parking Facilities - Reversing a decision by the Appellate Division, the Court of Appeals has held in a 5-2 decision that a charitable organization is not...more

County Waited Too Long to Assess

In Duke Energy Fayette II, LLC v. Fayette County Board of Assessment Appeals, No. 1406 C.D. 2014 (May 28, 2015), the Court found that the Fayette County Board of Assessment Appeals conducted an impermissible spot reassessment...more

Two California Appellate Court Rulings Demonstrate that Groundwater Pumping Fees are in the Eye of the Beholder

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

One Holds that the Fee is Subject to Prop. 26 and Another that it is a Property-Related Fee Subject to Prop. 218 - Two California Appellate Court decisions handed down this month address whether or not a local water...more

Alabama Department of Revenue Gets a Second Chance to Justify Diesel Fuel Sales Tax Against Rail Carriers

In the State of Alabama’s and CSX Transportation’s second trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court held in a 7-2 decision on March 4 that Alabama’s sales tax on diesel fuel purchased and used by rail carriers—where motor and...more

Court Strikes Down Surcharge on Utility Users Imposed Under a Franchise Agreement

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Surcharge Collected for General Revenue Purposes Under a Franchise Agreement must be Approved by Voters - A surcharge on electric utility bills collected by a power company pursuant to a franchise agreement and remitted...more

Supreme Court Decides Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On March 4, 2015, the Supreme Court decided Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc., No. 13-553, holding that a rail carrier can prove discrimination under the Railroad Revitalization and Regulation Reform...more

Ormat Defends 1603 Cash Grant Awards in Suit by Ex-Employees

Ormat is a successful developer of geothermal energy projects. Two former employees have brought a lawsuit alleging that Ormat made inaccurate 1603 Cash Grant submissions to obtain grants for projects that should not have...more

Court Sustains Treasury’s 2/3 Reduction of Cash Grant for Cogen Open-Loop Biomass Plant

The United States Court of Federal Claims on January 12 rendered an opinion in W.E. Partners II, LLC v. U.S. sustaining the Treasury Department’s reduction by approximately two-thirds of a Cash Grant for a cogeneration...more

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