Taxes

Wal-Mart v. Puerto Rico: Strong Case, Weak Odds

A tax increase may violate the Constitution. A law makes it hard to challenge.

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Wal-Mart has a strong case on the constitutional merits of its lawsuit challenging a big tax increase levied by the government of Puerto Rico. But that doesn’t mean the retail giant will win. What might shoot down the complaint isn’t the Constitution but limits on the ability of federal courts to interfere with tax collection.

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