DC Circ. Revives Tea Party Lawsuits Against IRS

Law360, New York (August 5, 2016, 8:14 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit partially restored a pair of lawsuits brought by several conservative advocacy organizations accusing the IRS of targeting them for additional scrutiny, finding Friday that the government had not taken enough steps to address its "admittedly improper" discriminatory criteria.

A three-judge panel reversed a trial court order that had dismissed the groups' equitable actions on the grounds that they were rendered moot after the IRS granted the tax-exemption applications. Some of the applications still have not been processed, the panel said, and the IRS has not carried its heavy burden of establishing mootness under the voluntary cessation doctrine, which...

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