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NASHVILLE — Jack Daniel’s officials are toasting the defeat of a proposal to tax whiskey at its celebrated Tennessee distillery.

The Moore County Council in Lynchburg, Tenn., voted 10-5 Monday evening to kill the proposal, which would have taxed Jack Daniel’s up to $5 million annually with all the revenue going to local coffers.

Tom Beam, a distillery spokesman, said Tuesday he hopes the company has shown that it pays its fair share of taxes already.

The vote reversed an earlier one that asked the Tennessee legislature to authorize a local referendum on the proposal.

Supporters of the proposal said the issue is dead for now and they may quit trying.

Company spokesmen never said whether the tax would have meant higher prices at the retail level.


Travelport claims court win over American Airlines

DALLAS — Travelport Ltd. Said Tuesday that a federal judge tossed out most of American Airlines’ antitrust lawsuit against the flight-information provider and online travel agent Orbitz.

Travelport, which owns nearly half of Orbitz, said the judge dismissed American’s claims that the company monopolizes distribution of airline fare and flight information to travel agents.

American said, however, that the judge allowed its main antitrust claims to proceed. The ruling was issued by a U.S. district court in Fort Worth, Texas, where American is based.


Microsoft buys Gore-backed search engine

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft announced Tuesday it has bought VideoSurf, an online video search engine founded by four Israelis and which has received funding from former Vice President Al Gore.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Silicon Valley technology blog TechCrunch put the purchase price at around $70 million.

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