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High court tie lets states face lawsuits in other states

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.

But on a separate issue in the case, the justices ruled 6-2 that Nevada can't award damages greater than what California or Nevada law would allow. The court threw out a $1 million judgment awarded to Gilbert Hyatt over allegations that California's tax agency invaded his privacy and committed fraud.

It was the third time the court has deadlocked 4-4 since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Hyatt is a former California resident who claims he moved to Las Vegas in 1991, just before collecting...