Court Rules Alabama Discriminated Against Railroads - WRBL

Court Rules Alabama Discriminated Against Railroads

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. 11th Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled that Alabama discriminated against railroads by making them pay sales taxes on fuel when competing trucking and barge companies weren't required to.

AL.com reported Monday that (http://bit.ly/14opoBf ) CSX was paying a 4 percent sales tax on diesel fuel purchases in Alabama while its competitors weren't required to pay anything.

The company filed a lawsuit in 2008 against the state Department of Revenue.

In a court opinion, officials said the state didn't offer good enough justification for exempting the company's competitors from paying the tax.

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