High Court Won't Hear Challenge To La. Tobacco Tax

Law360, New York (January 27, 2014, 5:17 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday passed on an appeal challenging Louisiana’s system for taxing smokeless tobacco, which causes out-of-state distributors to pay a higher levy than their in-state competitors.

The high court denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed late last year by McLane Southern Inc., which claims Louisiana’s taxing regime is unconstitutional because it puts out-of-state distributors at a competitive disadvantage. Both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Foodservice Distributors Association backed the appeal.

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