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LITIGATION ROSTER PROPERTY TAX NOVEMBER 2015
LITIGATION ROSTER
PROPERTY TAX
NOVEMBER 2015
Property Tax
November 2015
NEW CASES
Case Name
Court/Case Number
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CLOSED CASES
Case Name
SPRINT TELEPHONY PCS, L.P.
A140540
Court/Case Number
Court of Appeal, First Appellate District
Please refer to the case roster for more detail regarding new and closed cases
Property Tax
LITIGATION ROSTER
N O V E M B E R 2015
FERRELL, DANA K. v. California State Board of Equalization; and County of San
Diego
San Diego County Superior Court: 37-2015-00018368-CU-WM-CTL
Filed – 7/08/2015
Plaintiff’s Counsel
Fred Chesley
BOE’s Counsel
Jane O’Donnell
BOE Attorney
W. Gregory Day
Issue(s):
The issue in this case is whether San Diego County unlawfully imposed higher
property taxes on Plaintiff’s real property due to its increased assessment value
caused by the deposit of fill dirt on Petitioner’s lot. Petitioner contends that BOE is
mandated by Government Code section 15606 to bring an action in a court of law
to compel the County to comply with any provision of the law. Petitioner finally
contends that he is entitled to a writ of mandate to compel BOE to order the County
to comply with the laws applicable to assessment involving the deposit of fill dirt
on real property.
Audit/Tax Period: None
Amount: $0.00
Status:
At the ex parte hearing on June 30, 2015, the Court set September 11, 2015, for the
hearing of BOE’s demurrer in the matter, and December 11, 2015, as the tentative
date for the hearing on the petition. On August 14, 2015, BOE filed its demurrer to
the petition for Writ of Mandate. On August 26, 2015, Petitioner filed his opposition
to BOE’s demurrer. On September 4, 2015, BOE filed its reply to the opposition.
On September 10, 2015, the Court issued its tentative ruling which sustained BOE’s
demurrer without leave to amend. After the September 11, 2015 hearing, the
tentative ruling became the final order of the Court.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY ASSESSOR (Formerly NOGUEZ, JOHN R.) v. California State
Board of Equalization
Long Beach Judicial Partners, LLC (Real Party in Interest)
Los Angeles County Superior Court: BC542049
Filed – 4/14/2014
Plaintiff’s Counsel
County Counsel
Kratti, John F.
BOE’s Counsel
Nhan T. Vu
BOE Attorney
Kiren Chohan
Issue(s): Plaintiff alleges that Chapter 442, statutes of 2010, enrolled as a statute of the
State of California on or about September 29, 2010 (AB 1341), is unconstitutional
and invalid because it intends to abate the fair market value assessment principle
and principles of uniform and equal assessment as they apply to the subject
property.
Audit/Tax Period: None
Amount: $0.00
Status: On April 14, 2014, BOE was served a Summons, Complaint for Declaratory Relief to
Determine the Validity of Proposed Administrative Action and Notice of Case
Assignment. On May 23, 2014, BOE filed its answer to the complaint. The Judicial
Council filed a Motion to Intervene in this action on November 3, 2014, and the
County of Los Angeles filed its Opposition to the Motion on November 13, 2014.
On November 26, 2014, the trial court granted Judicial Council’s Motion to
Intervene. On November 10, 2014, the County of Los Angeles filed a Motion to
Compel disclosure of certain documents requested from party-in-interest, Long
Beach Judicial Partners in discovery. The trial court granted the county’s Motion to
Compel on December 4, 2014. On January 9, 2015, the County of Los Angeles filed a
motion to file an amended complaint. Los Angeles County filed an amended
complaint February 2, 2015. BOE filed its Answer to the Amended Complaint on
February 20, 2015. The trial was held on October 26, 2015. The court requested that
the parties provide additional briefing.
SEIBOLD v. COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Civil B253701, LASC SC107640
Filed – 10/17/2014
Plaintiff’s Counsel
Louis Sepe
BOE’s Counsel
Brian Wesley
BOE Attorney
Kiren Chohan
Issue(s): The Court of Appeal has framed the issue before it as whether or not a privately
owned improvement on public land that is owned by a land-lease tenant is subject to
property tax as a taxable possessory interest in tax-exempt real property under
Revenue and Taxation Code section 107 and Property Tax Rule 20, subdivision
(a)(3). Relying on a provision contained in Assessors' Handbook section 510,
Assessment of Taxable Possessory Interests (December 2002) (AH 510), at page 6,
the trial court ruled against the Los Angeles County Assessor and in favor of the
lessee, Gunter Seibold, finding that the improvement did not constitute a part of the
taxable possessory interest, and was, thus, not taxable. Now, the matter is before the
Court of Appeal.
Audit/Tax Period: None
Amount: None
Status:
On December 8, 2014, DOJ sent a letter to the Court of Appeal accepting court's
invitation to file an amicus brief. The BOE filed its Amicus Brief on February 27,
2015. Oral argument was held on June 16, 2015. On September 22, 2015, the
Court of Appeal issued a published opinion reversing the trial court judgment.
The appellate court found that the taxpayer’s ground lease at the airport was a
taxable possessory interest under Revenue and Taxation Code Section 107,
subdivision (a) and remanded the matter to the trial court to determine material
issues of fact. Plaintiff filed a petition for review with the California Supreme
Court on October 30, 2015.
VERIZON CALIFORNIA INC. v. California State Board of Equalization
Sacramento Superior Court Case No. 34-2011-00116029
Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District Case No. C074179
Filed – 12/21/11
Plaintiff’s Counsel
Luann L. Simmons - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
BOE’s Counsel
Michael Von Loewenfeldt, Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP
BOE Attorney
Kiren Chohan
Issue(s): The issue in this case is whether plaintiff’s 2007 Board-adopted unitary value of
$3,480,700,000 is overstated. (California Constitution, Art. XIII, section 19);
(Revenue and Taxation Code section 5148).
Audit/Tax Period: 2007
Amount: $5,900,000.00
Status:
Verizon served BOE with a Verified Complaint for Refund of State Assessed
Property Taxes dated December 22, 2011. BOE’s response to Verizon’s First
Amended Complaint was filed October 23, 2012. BOE filed a Motion to Strike and
Demurrer on October 23, 2012. The Demurrer was based on Verizon's failure to
name the remaining 29 counties in which it held unitary property as of the 2007
lien date as named defendants in this action that was brought against the BOE and
9-named defendant counties seeking a reassessment of its 2007 BOE- adopted
unitary value. Verizon filed its Oppositions to BOE's Demurrer and Motion to
Strike on March 6, 2013. On March 12, 2013, BOE filed its response to Verizon's
Opposition to BOE's Demurrer and a Motion to Strike Attorney Fees. On April 16,
2013, the Court issued a final ruling on the Demurrer in favor of the BOE finding
that all counties within which a state assessee owns property are indispensable
parties that must be named defendants in a section 5148 refund action. Verizon
filed a Motion for Reconsideration on May 1, 2013. BOE's response was filed on
May 20, 2013. A hearing on Verizon’s Motion for Reconsideration was scheduled
for June 3, 2013. Verizon’s motion for consolidation of its cases was denied on
May 29, 2013.
Court of Appeal:
Verizon filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District on June 28,
2013. BOE filed its response on August 2, 2013. BOE filed its Reply Brief in
Support of the Demurrer, Reply Brief in Support of the BOE's Motion to Strike
Attorneys' Fees, and Supplemental Request for Judicial Notice in Verizon's 2008
refund action. On December 9, 2013, Plaintiffs filed a request for judicial notice.
On December 13, 2013, Plaintiffs filed their opening brief. On February 11, 2014,
BOE filed its Respondent's Brief. All other respondents filed a joinder on February
20, 2014. Appellant Verizon filed its Reply Brief and Request for Judicial notice
on March 4, 2014. Respondent BOE filed its Opposition to Verizon’s Request for
Judicial Notice on March 18, 2014. Oral Argument was held on August 25, 2014.
On October 15, 2014, the Court of Appeal overturned the trial court’s grant of the
Board’s demurrer. The case was remanded back to the trial court. BOE filed its
Answer on February 27, 2015. Discovery is ongoing. The parties have stipulated
to consolidating all 8 tax refund actions filed by Verizon for years 2007 through
2014 into one consolidated case. On July 6, 2015, the Court approved the
consolidation of all eight cases brought by Verizon California against the Board.
The lead case number has been designated as 2011-00116029. The trial date has
been set for March 22, 2016. On September 25, 2015, BOE filed a Motion for
Summary Adjudication. The Board’s Motion for Summary Adjudication will be
heard on December 11, 2015.
VERIZON CALIFORNIA INC. (II) v. California State Board of Equalization
Sacramento Superior Court Case No. 34-2013-00138191
Filed – 4/8/2013
Plaintiff’s Counsel
Luann L. Simmons - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
BOE’s Counsel
Michael Von Loewenfeldt, Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP
BOE Attorney
Kiren Chohan
Issue(s): The issue in this case is whether BOE’s 2008 Board-adopted unitary value for
plaintiff’s state- assessed property in the amount of $3,595,900,000.00 is overstated,
and should be reassessed. (California Constitution, Art. XIII, section 19);
(Revenue and Taxation Code section 5148).
Audit/Tax Period: 2008
Amount: $5,900,000.00
Status: BOE’s responsive pleading was filed on May 29, 2013. BOE filed an amended notice
of demurrer and motion to strike portions of Plaintiff’s complaint on October 13,
2013. The Court issued its tentative rulings on the BOE's Motion to Strike Verizon's
prayer for attorneys' fees and Demurrer to Verizon's Complaint on November 25,
2013. The Court granted the BOE's motion to strike based upon statutory
interpretation, but denied the demurrer. On December 10, 2013, the DOJ on behalf of
the BOE filed an answer in response to Verizon's complaint. The 38 DefendantCounties also filed a joint answer in response to the complaint. On February 11,
2014, BOE filed its Respondent's Brief. All other respondents filed a joinder on
February 20, 2014. On February 12, 2015, Verizon filed a Motion to Continue the
May 11, 2015 trial date to October 26, 2016. BOE filed its response on February 19,
2015. The May 11, 2015 trial date was vacated. Discovery is ongoing. The parties
have stipulated to consolidating all 8 tax refund actions filed by Verizon for years
2007 through 2014 into one consolidated case. The court approved the consolidation
of all eight Verizon California cases – see Verizon California Inc. v. California State
Board of Equalization; County of Kern; County of Los Angeles, County of Orange;
County of Riverside; County of Sacramento; County of San Bernardino; County of
Santa Barbara; County of Santa Clara; County of Ventura (Sacramento County
Superior Court Case No. 34-2011-00116029).
NOTE: See history in Verizon I for future updates to the consolidated action.
VERIZON CALIFORNIA INC. (III) v. California State Board of Equalization
Sacramento Superior Court Case No. 34-2014-00157245
Filed – 1/10/2014
Plaintiff’s Counsel
Luann L. Simmons - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
BOE’s Counsel
Michael Von Loewenfeldt, Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP
BOE Attorney
Kiren Chohan
Issue(s): The litigation arises out of plaintiff's contention that the 2009-2010 Board-adopted
unitary value of plaintiff's state-assessed property is excessive; and, thus, plaintiff is
entitled to a refund of property tax it overpaid for the 2009-2010 tax year.
Audit/Tax Period: 2009-2010
Amount: Unknown
Status:
The hearing date for the Motion to Strike was scheduled for April 3, 2014. BOE’s
Brief was filed on February 11, 2014. The Board filed its Answer to the Complaint
and Motion to Strike Attorney’s Fees from Complaint on March 3, 2014. On March
18, 2014, the county Defendants filed their Answer to the Complaint, and Motion to
Strike Attorney’s Fees from Complaint. On March 26, 2014, the BOE filed its reply
to Verizon’s Opposition to BOE’s Motion to Strike Attorneys’ Fees from
Complaint. On April 25, 2014, Verizon filed a Motion to consolidate its 2008 and
2009 Refund Actions. On April 28, 2014, the Court denied the Board’s Motion to
Strike Attorneys’ Fees. BOE filed its Opposition to the Motion to Consolidate on
May 8, 2014. Verizon filed its Reply on May 14, 2014. The Court granted Verizon's
Motion to Consolidate the 2008 and 2009 Refund Actions on May 21, 2014, and
Verizon II and Verizon III cases were consolidated. Discovery is ongoing.
Subsequently, the parties have stipulated to consolidating all 8 tax refund actions
filed by Verizon for years 2007 through 2014 into one consolidated case. The court
approved the consolidation of all eight Verizon California cases – see Verizon
California Inc. v. California State Board of Equalization; County of Kern; County
of Los Angeles, County of Orange; County of Riverside; County of Sacramento;
County of San Bernardino; County of Santa Barbara; County of Santa Clara; County
of Ventura (Sacramento County Superior Court Case No. 34-2011-00116029).
NOTE:
See history in Verizon I for future updates to the consolidated action.
VERIZON CALIFORNIA INC. (IV) v. California State Board of Equalization
Sacramento Superior Court Case No. 34-2014-00171512
Filed – 11/10/2014
Plaintiff’s Counsel
Luann L. Simmons - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
BOE’s Counsel
Michael Von Loewenfeldt, Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP
BOE Attorney
Kiren Chohan
Issue(s): Verizon California, Inc. contends that the Board adopted unitary value for Verizon’s
state-assessed property for the 2010 tax year is excessive.
Audit/Tax Period: 2010
Amount: Unknown
Status:
BOE filed its answer on March 30, 2015. Discovery is ongoing. The parties have
stipulated to consolidating all 8 tax refund actions filed by Verizon for years 2007
through 2014 into one consolidated case. The court approved the consolidation
of all eight Verizon California cases – see Verizon California Inc. v. California
State Board of Equalization; County of Kern; County of Los Angeles, County of
Orange; County of Riverside; County of Sacramento; County of San Bernardino;
County of Santa Barbara; County of Santa Clara; County of Ventura (Sacramento
County Superior Court Case No. 34-2011-00116029).
NOTE: See history in Verizon I for future updates to the consolidated action.
VERIZON CALIFORNIA INC. (V) v. California State Board of Equalization
Sacramento Superior Court Case No. 34-2015-00175631
Filed - 02/24/2015
Plaintiff’s Counsel
Luann L. Simmons - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
BOE’s Counsel
Michael Von Loewenfeldt, Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP
BOE Attorney
Kiren Chohan
Issue(s): Verizon California, Inc. contends that the Board adopted unitary value for Verizon’s
state-assessed property for the 2011 tax year is excessive.
Audit/Tax Period: 2011
Amount: Unknown
Status: BOE filed its answer on March 30, 2015. Discovery is ongoing. The parties have
stipulated to consolidating all 8 tax refund actions filed by Verizon for years 2007
through 2014 into one consolidated case. he court approved the consolidation of all
eight Verizon California cases – see Verizon California Inc. v. California State Board
of Equalization; County of Kern; County of Los Angeles, County of Orange; County
of Riverside; County of Sacramento; County of San Bernardino; County of Santa
Barbara; County of Santa Clara; County of Ventura (Sacramento County Superior
Court Case No. 34-2011-00116029).
NOTE: See history in Verizon I for future updates to the consolidated action.
VERIZON CALIFORNIA INC. (VI) v. California State Board of Equalization
Sacramento Superior Court Case No. 34-2015-00175609
Filed – 02/24/2014
Plaintiff’s Counsel
Luann L. Simmons - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
BOE’s Counsel
Michael Von Loewenfeldt, Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP
BOE Attorney
Kiren Chohan
Issue(s): Verizon California, Inc. contends that the Board adopted unitary value for Verizon’s
state-assessed property for the 2012 tax year is excessive.
Audit/Tax Period: 2012
Amount: Unknown
Status:
BOE filed its answer on March 30, 2015. Discovery is ongoing. The parties have
stipulated to consolidating all 8 tax refund actions filed by Verizon for years 2007
through 2014 into one consolidated case. The court approved the consolidation of
all eight Verizon California cases – see Verizon California Inc. v. California State
Board of Equalization; County of Kern; County of Los Angeles, County of Orange;
County of Riverside; County of Sacramento; County of San Bernardino; County of
Santa Barbara; County of Santa Clara; County of Ventura (Sacramento County
Superior Court Case No. 34-2011-00116029).
NOTE: See history in Verizon I for future updates to the consolidated action.
VERIZON CALIFORNIA INC. (VII) v. California State Board of Equalization
Sacramento Superior Court Case No. 34-2015-00175621
Filed – 02/24/2015
Plaintiff’s Counsel
Luann L. Simmons - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
BOE’s Counsel
Michael Von Loewenfeldt, Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP
BOE Attorney
Kiren Chohan
Issue(s):
Verizon California, Inc. contends that the Board adopted unitary value for Verizon’s
state-assessed property for the 2013 tax year is excessive.
Audit/Tax Period: 2013
Amount: Unknown
Status:
BOE filed its answer on March 30, 2015. Discovery is ongoing. The parties have
stipulated to consolidating all 8 tax refund actions filed by Verizon for years 2007
through 2014 into one consolidated case. The court approved the consolidation of
all eight Verizon California cases – see Verizon California Inc. v. California State
Board of Equalization; County of Kern; County of Los Angeles, County of
Orange; County of Riverside; County of Sacramento; County of San Bernardino;
County of Santa Barbara; County of Santa Clara; County of Ventura (Sacramento
County Superior Court Case No. 34-2011-00116029).
NOTE:
See history in Verizon I for future updates to the consolidated action.
VERIZON CALIFORNIA INC. (VIII) v. California State Board of Equalization
Sacramento Superior Court Case No. 34-2015-00175627
Filed – 2/24/2015
Plaintiff’s Counsel
Luann L. Simmons - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
BOE’s Counsel
Michael Von Loewenfeldt, Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP
BOE Attorney
Kiren Chohan
Issue(s):
Verizon California, Inc. contends that the Board adopted unitary value for Verizon’s
state-assessed property for the 2014 tax year is excessive.
Audit/Tax Period: 2014
Amount: Unknown
Status:
BOE filed its answer on March 30, 2015. Discovery is ongoing. The parties have
stipulated to consolidating all 8 tax refund actions filed by Verizon for years 2007
through 2014 into one consolidated case. The court approved the consolidation of
all eight Verizon California cases – see Verizon California Inc. v. California State
Board of Equalization; County of Kern; County of Los Angeles, County of
Orange; County of Riverside; County of Sacramento; County of San Bernardino;
County of Santa Barbara; County of Santa Clara; County of Ventura (Sacramento
County Superior Court Case No. 34-2011-00116029).
NOTE:
See history in Verizon I for future updates to the consolidated action.
Property Tax
CLOSED CASES
LITIGATION ROSTER
NOVEMBER 2015
SPRINT TELEPHONY PCS, L.P.
A140540
Court of Appeal, First Appellate District
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