Levin v. Commerce Energy, Inc.
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Mar 22, 2010
|Jun 1, 2010||9-0||Ginsburg||OT 2009|
Holding: Under the â€œcomity doctrine,â€ which compels federal courts to defer to state courts under certain circumstances, lawsuits alleging discriminatory state taxation must initially be brought in state courts.
Judgment: Reversed and Remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on June 1, 2010. Justice Kennedy filed a concurring opinion. Justice Thomas filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, joined by Justice Scalia. Justice Alito filed an opinion concurring in the judgment.
- Comity requires tax discrimination claims to be heard in state court
- Federal adjudication of state tax litigation
- Federal jurisdiction over challenges to state tax benefits
Briefs and Documents
- Brief for Petitioner Richard Levin
- Brief for Respondent Commerce Energy, Inc., et al.
- Supplemental Brief for Respondent Commerce Energy, Inc., et al.
- Brief for the States of Illinois, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and The District of Columbia in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for the Multistate Tax Commission in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for the Council on State Taxation in Support of Respondent