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Tied SCOTUS Vote Impacts Nevada Case

A tie vote from the Supreme Court means California officials can be hauled into a Nevada state court to face allegations in a long-running tax dispute with a Nevada inventor.

The 4-4 deadlock lets Gilbert Hyatt sue California's tax agency in Nevada over charges that it invaded his privacy and committed fraud.

Hyatt is a former California resident who moved to Las Vegas in 1991, just before collecting $40 million in patent fees for developing a computer microprocessor chip.

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California officials have spent years pursuing Hyatt over millions in back taxes. But Hyatt sued the agency claiming its officials were overzealous while pursuing him.

On a separate issue, the justices ruled 6-2 that Nevada cannot award greater damages than California law would allow.