E.U. Ruling Sets Stage For Flood Of Pension Suits

Law360, New York (December 15, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A landmark European court ruling on a Dutch farming company’s dispute with the French government has paved the way for European pension funds to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in reclaimed taxes.

In a Dec. 14 decision, the European Court of Justice ruled that France illegally charged the Dutch firm a so-called withholding tax on dividends paid from its French subsidiaries to its headquarters in the Netherlands.

Lawyers believe the ruling makes it illegal for any European Union member state to charge withholding taxes on...
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