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Peering Into the Future: Google Glass and the Law; Ownership of Business-Related Social Media Accounts; Two Circuits Address the First Amendment Status of Facebook Activity; Collaborative Consumption –...more
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On December 2, 2013, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in the consolidated cases Amazon.com LLC v. N.Y. Dept. of Taxation and Overstock.com v. N.Y. Dept. of Taxation, thereby allowing the New York state law...more
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On August 23, 2013, an online retailer filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking review of the New York Court of Appeals’ determination that a New York statute...more
Illinois joined a number of other states in 2011 and enacted a "click-through nexus" statute targeting internet retailers for sales and use tax collection obligations. Under the Illinois and similar statutes enacted in other...more
The Illinois Supreme Court, affirming a lower court decision, invalidated the state's "click-through" nexus law. This law required out-of-state Internet retailers who use in-state web marketing "affiliates" to collect sales...more
In a 6-1 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed an Illinois Circuit Court holding that Illinois Public Act 96-1544 (The Click-Through Nexus Act), requiring out-of-state retailers to collect and remit use tax, violates...more
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On March 28, 2013, the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, issued a decision in Overstock.com, Inc. & Amazon.com, LLC, et al., holding that New York’s “click-through nexus” statute does not violate the Commerce Clause...more
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On March 28, 2013, in Overstock.com, LLC v. New York State Dept. of Taxation and Finance, the New York Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, upheld the New York State "click-through nexus" statute against a challenge...more
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