MILAN — Milan-based judge Simone Luerti last month ruled there was no foundation for a trial of designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for alleged tax evasion and dismissed the charges. In a 29-page ruling deposited with the court after 30 days and obtained by WWD, Luerti chastised Italy’s Revenue Office and its interpretation of the law, which he said was made “with a carelessness that was frankly excessive.”
Luerti said the 2004 sale of the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands to the designers’ Luxembourg-based holding company, Gado Srl, “was a real operation, corresponding to legitimate and precisely identified needs.” Italy’s tax authorities had alleged the designers had evaded taxes by transferring ownership of their firms to the holding firm.
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