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Won a trial verdict for IBM as plaintiff in a $6.1 million municipal tax dispute.

IBM Corp. v. City of Golden, et al., (Denver Cnty. Ct. 2018)
Date: 07.02.18

WTO attorneys Hugh Gottschalk and Pawan Nelson

WTO attorneys successfully represented IBM Corp. in a trial in Denver to dispute taxes assessed by the City of Golden relating to IBM’s management of a data center for Xcel Energy. Golden contended that transactions between IBM and Xcel spanning a seven-year period (2006-2012) were taxable.

At trial, IBM contested Golden’s attempts to recover $6.1 million, which included a 50% penalty imposed by the Colorado Department of Revenue. In its July 1 ruling, the Court invalidated Golden’s assessments and the Department of Revenue’s penalty. The ruling caps a long-running dispute between IBM and Golden on this issue.


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