Washington (June 24, 2003) -- For the first time, a law firm is being summoned to discover taxpayers involved in potentially abusive tax avoidance transactions.

The Internal Revenue Service has received approval from the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, to serve a John Doe summons on Jenkens & Gilchrist. The summons asks the law firm to identify taxpayers who may have invested in listed transactions or other potentially abusive transactions organized or sold by the firm's Chicago office.

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