Tax issues and opportunities in technology litigation judgements and settlements

October 2012

Overview

An increasing number of lawsuits are being filed by technology companies against competitors based on claims such as patent infringement, unfair competition, fraud, and breach of contract. Taxpayers involved in such litigation should be aware that a number of factors affect the tax treatment of payments paid or received as a result of lawsuits. Further, taxpayers should consider other tax consequences of these settlements.

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