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AT&T CORP. v. PUB. UTILITY COMM'N OF TEXAS, 03-50454

The Telecommunications Act preempts a Texas state statute which imposes taxes on intrastate, interstate, and international calls originating in Texas, because the tax burdens multistage carriers more that interstate carries, and as such is discriminatory.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/30/2004
  • Published 06/30/2004

Judges

  • W. EUGENE DAVIS, Circuit Judge:, Before REAVLEY, DAVIS and DeMOSS, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States Fifth Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Fred David Butler, Pub. Serv. Com'n of SC, Columbia, SC, for South Carolina Pub. Serv. Com'n, Amicus Curiae., James Bradford Ramsay, Nat. Ass'n of Regulatory, Washington, DC, for National Ass'n of Regulatory Utility Com'rs, Amicus Curiae., Peter Michael Bluhm, Vermont Pub. Serv. Bd., Montpelier, VT, for State of VT, Amicus Curiae.

  • For Appellees:
  • Thomas K. Anson (argued), Strasburger & Price, Austin, TX, for Plaintiffs-Appellees., Kristen L. Worman (argued) and Steven R. Baron, Asst. Attys. Gen., Austin, TX, for Defendants-Appellants.