FRESNO, Calif. — A California appeals court has ruled that the state is not legally authorized to attach its franchise tax on out-of-state entities simply based on its investment in a limited-liability company doing business in the state.
The U.S. District Court of the Northern
District of California ordered last fall that the California Public Utilities Commission
(CPUC) could hand over requested confidential subscriber information to The
Utility Reform Network (TURN) so it can research state market
competitiveness, despite the resistance from communication companies like
AT&T Mobility and other wireless carriers.