Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Many lawyers, even if they strongly opposed welfare for big companies, would be loath to sue over corporate tax breaks for fear of losing potential business. But that didn’t stop Toledo, Ohio, solo practitioner Terry Lodge from filing suit on behalf of small businesses and angry taxpayers over two tax breaks totaling $86 million given to DaimlerChrysler to keep the automaker’s Jeep plant in Toledo. One is a personal property tax break of $30 million that would normally go to public schools and libraries. The second is a state corporation franchise tax break of $56 million. “These tax breaks are unfair to small businesses and taxpayer-persons who are taxed more to make up for the lost revenues,” says Lodge, who sued Toledo, the state of Ohio and DaimlerChrysler in Lucas County Common Pleas Court. He argues that the tax breaks are illegal under the commerce clause of the Constitution. “The plaintiffs are saying ‘Enough!’ to the race to the bottom, the competition among state and local governments to see who can destroy the tax base the most in order to retain a large corporation,” he says. A national expert on the constitutionality of corporate tax breaks, says that Lodge’s suit marks the first time a private lawyer has sued on behalf of individual taxpayers and businesses.

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.