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9th Circuit won't reopen Washington tribal tobacco tax case

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday issued an amended opinion in Miller v. Wright, a case that challenged the taxation powers of the Puyallup Tribe of Washington.

In November 2012, the court ruled that the tribe and its officials are protected by sovereign immunity. But a footnote in the decision mentioned another 9th Circuit case in which tribal employees were not protected by immunity.

The footnote prompted the tribe to request a reconsideration and correction. The 9th Circuit granted the request, deleted the footnote and said no further petitions for rehearing will be accepted.

The lawsuit originated from Paul Matheson, a tribal member who owns a smoke shop. He unsuccessfully questioned the tribe's tobacco taxation scheme.

Turtle Talk has posted documents from the case, Miller v. Wright.

Get the Story:
Another Round Aginst Puyallup Tobacco Taxing (Courthouse News Service 1/14)

9th Circuit Decisions:
Miller v. Wright [amended] (January 14, 2013) | Miller v. Wright (November 13, 2012)