New Jersey Files Notice of Petition for Certification After Appellate Division Affirms That Dual Nexus Standards Are Inappropriate for Throwout

12/30/2015
Client Alert

New Jersey filed a notice of petition for certification (request for discretionary review) with the New Jersey Supreme Court seeking reversal of the Appellate Division’s December 4, 2015 decision that the Division may not apply dual nexus standards for Throwout purposes in Lorillard Licensing Company LLC v. Director, Division of Taxation.  The Division’s brief is due on January 3, 2016 at the earliest.

In 2011, the New Jersey Supreme Court interpreted the Throwout rule narrowly to find it Constitutional on its face in Whirlpool Properties, Inc. v. Director, Division of Taxation.  In so doing, it held that Throwout does not apply when another state may Constitutionally impose a tax on the taxpayer—regardless of the tax decisions by the other state.  The Appellate Division applied Whirlpool Properties and held that, because New Jersey successfully asserted an economic nexus standard for Corporation Business Tax Constitutional subjectivity purposes, in applying Throwout that same standard must also apply for other states’ subjectivity. 

Please contact Mitchell Newmark or Craig Fields with questions.  The companies in both Whirlpool Properties and Lorillard Licensing were represented by Morrison & Foerster LLP. 

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