District Judge files appellate brief in KPMG criminal tax case

In a highly unusual event, United States District Judge Lewis Kaplan has filed a brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, defending his opinion relating to the arbitrability of issues relating to KPMG paying attorneys fees for defendants in a criminal tax action, which was the subject of a post on this blog on September 26, 2006. This brief was invited by the Second Circuit in an Order entered December 13, 2006, which provided in part: “Pursuant to Fed. R. App. P. 21(b)(4), we now invite the District Court to address, if it so chooses, the motion for leave to file a mandamus petition.” Stein v. KPMG, LLP, Case No. 06-4358 (2d Cir. Jan. 8, 2007).


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