Steve Dixon commented on the Supreme Court's decision to deny Altera's petition for certiorari in Altera Corp. and Subsidiaries v.
Recent Supreme Court Engagements
- Bruce v. Samuels, 136 S. Ct. 627 (2015) (merits brief on behalf of federal prisoner regarding payment of filing fees under the Prison Litigation Reform Act).
- Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne, 135 S. Ct. 1787 (2015) (amicus brief on behalf of the National Association of Publically Traded Partnerships in support of the taxpayers position, which prevailed in the Court, that Maryland's income tax system violated the U.S. Constitution in failing to afford a credit for income tax paid to another state on the same income).
- Evans v. Michigan, 133 S. Ct. 1069 (2013) (successful merits brief on whether erroneous bench dismissal for failure to prove an element of the offense was an "acquittal" and retrial was barred by the Double Jeopardy Clause).
- PPL v. Comm'r, 133S. Ct. 1897(2013) (amicus brief on behalf of American Electric Power Co. on foreign tax credit issue).
- Mohamad v. Palestinian Auth., 132 S. Ct. 1702 (2012) (won unanimous decision holding that corporations and other organizational defendants cannot be sued for international human rights violations under the Torture Victim Protection Act).
- Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc. v. McVeigh, 547 U.S. 677 (2006) (briefing and arguing on the merits on issues of federal vs. state court jurisdiction in connection with the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act).
ERISA and Fiduciary Litigation
- Pennsylvania Chiropractic Ass'n v. Independence Hospital Indemnity Plan, Inc., 802 F.3d 926 (7th Cir. 2015) (holding that providers were not "beneficiaries" empowered to bring suit against insurance plan under ERISA).
- Fossen v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mont., Inc., 660 F.3d 1102, 1114 (9th Cir. 2011), cert. denied, 133 S. Ct. 979 (2013) (whether ERISA preempts enforcement of Montana "Little HIPAA" statute).
- Jacks v. Meridian Res. Co., LLC, 701 F.3d 1224 (8th Cir. 2012) (holding that suit for benefits under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Act could be removed to federal court under federal officer removal statute)
- PPL v. Comm'r, 665 F.3d 60 (3d Cir. 2011), rev'd, 133 S. Ct. 1897 (2013) (amicus briefs in Third Circuit and in Supreme Court on foreign tax credit issue).
- Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Comm'r, 689 F.3d 191 (2d Cir. 2012) (upholding taxpayer's claim for interest netting).
- DeNaples v. Comm'r, 674 F.3d 172 (3d Cir. 2012) (reversing the Tax Court and upholding the taxpayer's claim that certain interest income was tax exempt under Code section 103).
- Wash. Mut., Inc. v. United States, 636 F.3d 1207 (9th Cir. 2011) (reversing the district court and upholding the taxpayer's claim of basis in the right to operate interstate savings and loan branches following a supervisory merger).
- United States v. Textron Inc., 577 F.3d 21 (1st Cir. 2009), cert. denied, 130 S. Ct. 3320 (2010) (amicus brief in First Circuit and in support of certiorari petition on question of work product protection for tax accrual workpapers).
Federal Courts/Federal Civil Procedure
- ENSCO Offshore Co. v. Salazar, No. 11-30491, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 10301 (5th Cir. May 22, 2012) (dismissing for lack of standing environmental groups' appeal of district court's order requiring the Department of the Interior to process offshore drilling permits within 30 days).
- Ungar v. PLO, 599 F.3d 79 (1st Cir. 2010) (obtained vacatur of district court decision denying Rule 60(b)(6) relief from final judgment).
- COSVI v. FAC, 563 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2009) (successfully appealed a sanctions award imposed under the district court's inherent power).
- United States v. Ring, 706 F.3d 460 (D.C. Cir. 2013) (interplay of honest services fraud statute and elements of bribery).
- United States v. Allmendinger, 706 F.3d 330 (4th Cir. 2013) (briefed and argued issues related to a constructive amendment of the indictment and sentencing errors, including miscalculation of the amount of loss and inadequate consideration of all sentencing factors set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 3553) .
- Smith v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 714 (2013) (amicus brief on behalf of the NACDL on burden of proving withdrawal from a conspiracy).
- Perry v. New Hampshire, 132 S.Ct. 716 (2012) (amicus brief for the National Innocence Network on whether the due process clause requires exclusion of unreliable eyewitness testimony, even if it was not the product of unnecessary police suggestion).
- United States v. Lequire, 672 F.3d 724 (9th Cir. 2012) (won reversal of conviction for embezzlement because it was legally and factually impossible for client to have committed embezzlement when he never held applicable funds "in trust").
- United States v. Sterling, 724 F.3d 482 (4th Cir. 2013) (briefed and argued that district court correctly excluded the testimony of two government witnesses prior to trial after the government's belated disclosure of Giglio material).
- Matsa v. United States, No. 12-4353, 540 Fed. Appx. 520; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 21930(6th Cir. Oct. 25, 2013) (represented appellant in appeal from tax fraud conviction).