Treaty Doesn't Excuse Tobacco Co.'s $60M Tax Debt, US Says

Law360, New York (November 25, 2013, 5:59 PM EST) -- Without a specific written tax exemption, a 19th-century treaty does not spare Native American cigarette producer King Mountain Tobacco Co. Inc. from $60 million in excise tax debt, the U.S. government told a Washington federal court Monday.

Arguing in support of its summary judgment motion, the U.S. government fired back at King Mountain's claims that an 1885 treaty with the Yakama Nation tribe promised economic advantages in exchange for millions of acres of land, arguing economic advantages were not defined in the treaty and that all...
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