Faculty Notes Linda Galler, Professor of Law

Published on January 5, 2016 | by LawNews

Prof. Linda Galler Quoted in Law360 Story on Biggest Federal Tax Cases of 2015

Biggest Federal Tax Cases Of 2015
By Eric Kroh
Dec. 23, 2015


Schaeffler v. U.S.

The Second Circuit in November ruled that a German auto parts supplier didn’t waive attorney-client privilege by sharing tax advice prepared by Ernst & Young with a consortium of banks, overturning a district court decision that the documents weren’t privileged.

Although time will tell whether the Second Circuit’s Schaeffler decision represents a wide-reaching pronouncement or a targeted ruling reflecting the unique circumstances of the case, tax practitioners said the court upheld important privacy protections.

“It’s a good decision from a taxpayer perspective,” Linda Galler, a professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and senior tax counsel at Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP, said. “I think the court got it absolutely right.”

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