A federal appeals court ruling has revived two lawsuits against the stemming from the agency's alleged mistreatment of conservative groups, the reports.
In its last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a district court's 2014 decision to throw out claims for damages against the U.S. government and senior IRS officials sought by the conservative nonprofit plaintiffs, who alleged that their applications for tax-exempt status were systematically targeted and subjected to unwarranted delays and requests for additional information. At the same time, the ruling reversed the lower court's decision to dismiss the litigation entirely. Written by D.C. Circuit Judge David B. Sentelle, the ruling expressed skepticism about assurances from the IRS that it no longer subjected conservative organizations to discriminatory treatment, noting that the agency had suspended the screening of such groups only "until further notice" and that at least two tax-exempt applications submitted by plaintiffs were still pending.
The ruling revived two lawsuits brought against the IRS by dozens of conservative groups led by Texas-based , which advocates for stricter voter registration enforcement and voter identification requirements, and Tennessee-based .
Chapman University law professor John C. Eastman, a lead attorney for True the Vote, told the Journal that his team intends to conduct a "comprehensive and systematic" discovery search of archived email communications among IRS officials to see whether there was "improper communications about tax return [information] to other agencies."