US to ask court to nullify ruling against oil profit tax

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The Justice Department announced it will ask the Supreme Court to set aside a ruling declaring the windfall oil profits tax unconstitutional.

The government's decision to appeal had been expected after US District Judge Ewing Kerr's ruling Nov. 4 that the tax, imposed under the Carter administration , is invalid because it exempts Alaskan oil and thus is not applied uniformly to all states.

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