ArentFox Schiff and Caplin & Drysdale Help Secure Dismissal With Prejudice of Tax Fraud Case Against DC United Owner Jason Levien
On October 12, the DC Superior Court granted the DC Office of Attorney General’s motion to dismiss a qui tam complaint against DC United owner Jason Levien, dismissing the case with prejudice and ending two years of litigation.
Scott D. Michel of Caplin & Drysdale worked with a team from ArentFox Schiff, led by Jackson D. Toof and Nicole M. Curtis, in representing Mr. Levien. They were assisted by Leighanne Scott of PwC. The case is District of Columbia, ex rel. Christopher Deubert v. Jason Levien, Case No. 2021 CA 3200 B (Edelman, J.) (D.C. Sup. Ct.). Mr. Levien filed a Joinder to the District’s Motion to Dismiss (along with several other briefs), and the Court heard oral argument on August 25, 2023. Mr. Toof presented argument on behalf of Mr. Levien at the hearing.
As part of the case, the DC OAG and the DC Office of Tax and Revenue conducted an investigation and audit of Mr. Levien’s taxes, the result of which revealed Mr. Levien did not owe taxes to the District of Columbia. According to the Court, “[t]his investigation led to the conclusion that this action entirely lacks merit[.]” Op. at 9.
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A copy of the opinion can be found here.