7th Circ. Rules Blagojevich's Casino Fee Is A Tax

Law360, New York (July 8, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit ruled Friday that an Illinois statute signed by ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich funneling a percentage of riverboat casino profits to race tracks was not a fee but a tax that could not be enjoined by federal courts.

In a 5-3 split en banc ruling, the appeals court reversed its earlier decision finding that the casino surcharge was not a tax but a fee that did not fall under the Tax Injunction Act, which bars suits that seek to stop the collection of a...
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