Quick Notes from federal court; 2 lawsuits, 1 appeal - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/3/10

Quick Notes from federal court; 2 lawsuits, 1 appeal

By James Clark email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Here are a couple quick notes from Lubbock federal court.  Xavier Gonzales of Lubbock sues the parent company of Mrs Baird's Bakeries.  He claims he was passed over for promotion and also fired for his ethnicity.  Mrs. Baird's parent company has not yet responded in court records. 

A Lubbock man who challenged the constitutionality of the sex offender registry has lost that appeal.  Virgil Lane pleaded guilty to one count of Failure To Register As A Sex Offender on the condition that he get to continue his appeal on constitutional grounds. In a one-page response, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals says the constitutional issue of a sex offender registry has already been settled. 

Back in June a Denver City partnership called Salty Brine filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government claiming the IRS wrongfully failed to recognize certain business deductions.  The partnership purchased millions of dollars of insurance against the risk of mining for sodium chloride and not finding it. 

According the partnership's lawsuit The IRS ruled that the insurance was only for tax avoidance purposes.  Last week the federal government responded in court records denying the allegations and asking permission to not refund the disputed tax money. Court records say the IRS has the burden of proof.

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