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Richard Fox, shareholder in the firm's Tax section, was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Former State Sen. Vincent Fumo loses legal round in long-running tax battle over his abuse of South Philly nonprofit."

Richard L. Fox, a lawyer at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC who advises nonprofits and foundations on tax issues, said the ruling was unusual.

"You don't see many cases like this where someone who doesn't hold an official title or position is hit with this status," but the possibility is built into the IRS regulations, Fox said.