An Ohio federal judge said that Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., and others do not have standing in a challenge to the offshore financial account tax enforcement measures enacted in the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and they were not likely to succeed on the merits in the case. The case is Crawford v. U.S. Dep’t of Treasury, S.D. Ohio, No. 3:15-cv-00250, 9/29/15.
The U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose said in his September 29, 2015 order denying preliminary injunctive relief that the harms claimed by the plaintiffs are “remote and speculative harms, most of which would be caused by third parties, illusory, or self-inflicted.” He rejected Paul’s assertion that he would suffer injury under his claim that the executive branch isn’t adhering to the law. Read more