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US drops tax fraud lawsuit against xélan & affiliates

Just a few weeks after losing a key court ruling that unfroze $500 million of assets, the U. S. government has dropped a civil lawsuit against several parties it suspects of helping medical professionals evade taxes. The government filed notice at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California on December 16, 2004 that it intended to dismiss without prejudice its action against Doctors Benefit Insurance Company Ltd., of Barbados; xélan Inc,. of California, and related parties.

US court lifts freeze order against offshore insurer

In a blow to the IRS, a United States court has dismissed a receiver and lifted an asset freeze order against a Barbados-licensed insurer which is being investigated for alleged tax evasion.The ruling at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California on December 3 unfroze more than $500 million of assets belonging to Doctors Benefit Insurance Company Ltd.