Puerto Rico Defends Business Tax Against Wal-Mart Challenge

Law360, New York (February 2, 2016, 1:29 PM EST) -- Puerto Rico on Monday asked the commonwealth's federal court to dismiss a challenge brought by a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. subsidiary to a business tax law enacted last year, saying it is in line with the Constitution and Wal-Mart has as of yet suffered no actual harm.

Ahead of an evidentiary hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Puerto Rico said Wal-Mart Puerto Rico Inc.'s claims are not yet ripe to be hashed out in court because the retail giant has not been denied a refund of the taxes raised by the law, as it has not filed a request for one.

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