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Report: Amazon takes case over N.Y. tax law to U.S. SC

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Online retailer Amazon is taking its fight over a New York tax law to the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to The Seattle Times, Amazon wants the nation's high court to block a demand by the state that the company collect sales tax on goods sold there.

Amazon, the largest online retailer in the United States, filed its petition for a writ of certiorari with the court Friday.

According to the docket, Amazon has hired Theodore Olson, who served as U.S. Solicitor General from June 2001 to July 2004 under former President George W. Bush. He now practices at the Washington D.C. office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

In the case, New York argues that a referral program Amazon runs constitutes a company presence in the state, the Times reported.

According to the newspaper, the company counters that upholding the state tax law would "burden" interstate commerce.

California and Tennessee most recently have passed laws requiring out-of-state companies, including Amazon, to collect sales taxes on purchases made by their states' residents.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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