Court rejects Sprint’s request to dismiss $300 million lawsuit

A Sprint store in Springfield | Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert
Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

The New York State Court of Appeals has denied Sprint’s request to throw out a $300 million lawsuit, filed in 2012 by the New York attorney general’s office, that alleges tax fraud by the Overland Park, Kan.-based telecom company.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says that Sprint deliberately under-collected and under-paid millions of dollars in state and local sales taxes over a seven-year period. The underpayment amounted to more than $100 million, or about $30,000 every day, the attorney general’s office said in a press release.

A Sprint representative said the company was disappointed with the appeals court’s decision and was “considering … legal options,” the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

Sprint had appealed the lawsuit on the grounds that New York’s tax laws violated the U.S. Constitution.

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