Quinn Emanuel-Aided Audit May Spur Congressional Curbs

Law360, New York (November 30, 2015, 6:41 PM EST) -- With a Washington federal judge's reluctant endorsement of an unprecedented collaboration between Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and the Internal Revenue Service in an investigation of Microsoft Corp.'s transfer pricing practices, lawmakers could be pushed to prohibit private law firm participation in agency examinations.

Although U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez said he was troubled by the firm's level of involvement in an IRS audit of Microsoft's 2004 through 2006 tax returns that has lasted about nine years, last week he conceded in an order that the law does not forbid attorneys from the firm from sitting in on the agency's...

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