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PALO ALTO, CA—The American Revolutionary war motto of “no taxation without representation” was first popularized, not by the drama of the Boston Tea Party, but after the British passed the humdrum Stamp Act of 1765. So says Jubin Meraj and Michael Polentz of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, located in the Palo Alto, CA office. The partner and co-chair of the real estate and land use practice group at the firm say that “The Stamp Act imposed a tax on legal documents (among other printed material), such as land deeds.  The colonists hated it to no end (mainly because they had no say in passing the tax and no benefit from it, thus the slogan) and the seeds of revolutionary discontent were planted.”

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