Valero Seeks MDL Consolidation in Property Tax Cases

February 6, 2012

Since its creation in 2003, the state judicial panel on multidistrict litigation has considered motions in cases involving toxic torts, a painkiller, liens, tire-tread separations and even the front bumpers on Mercedes-Benz automobiles. But the latest motion to reach the panel involves a new issue: challenges to property tax valuations.

“A motion of that type is unprecedented,” says Anthony P. Brown, who has represented appraisal districts in tax cases for the past 20 years.

Brown, a shareholder in Galveston’s McLeod, Alexander, Powell & Apffel, represents the Galveston Central Appraisal District and the Galveston Central Appraisal Review Board, two of the defendants in the tax appeals at issue in Valero’s motion.

Article by Mary Alice Robins, Texas Lawyer, February 6, 2006

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