On the Cover of State Tax Notes: Isaacson and Bertoni Discuss Stare Decisis

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George Isaacson and David Bertoni made the cover of State Tax Notes this month with the latest installment of Brann & Isaacson’s quarterly column Eyes On E-Commerce.   In their article, “The Strange Death of Stare Decisis” Isaacson and Bertoni contend that the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions in South Dakota v. Wayfair and Janus v....

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Schaefer Details Post-Wayfair Uncertainty in New Article

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Partner Matthew Schaefer, who served as co-counsel to the Respondents in the landmark case of South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., has published a feature article in the August 2018 edition of Digital Business Lawyer reporting on the Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision and the uncertainty it leaves for remote sellers and states regarding the enforceability of...

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Isaacson Addresses Congressional Internet Caucus Academy on Wayfair’s Effects

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Senior Partner George Isaacson joined a distinguished panel of experts on Monday, July 9, 2018, to consider the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. In that opinion, the Court overruled long–standing precedent and held that a state tax authority may require an out–of–state business to collect and remit...

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SUPREME COURT ISSUES 5–4 OPINION IN HIGH–PROFILE STATE TAX CASE

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On June 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., the most significant state tax case to face the high court in decades. In a narrow, 5-4 decision, the Court overruled long–standing precedent, announced first in National Bellas Hess v. Department of Revenue of Illinois (1967) and...

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TC Heartland Venue Argument Was Not “Available” Before TC Heartland Opinion Issued

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In this week’s episode of Patent Venue, when is a change in the law a change in the law? On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in TC Heartland, reversing the Federal Circuit and reaffirming that a corporate defendant can only be sued for patent infringement either in its state of residence...

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Spokeo Speaks — Again

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In Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit has again allowed a case to go forward on a gossamer thread of alleged “harm,” despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s admonition that concrete harm must alleged.

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Oil States Versus The Administrative State

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The Supreme Court has now heard from the petitioner in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC. At issue is not only the fate of inter partes review of patents by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, but possibly the ability of administrative agencies to review and retract their own erroneous decisions....

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Supreme Court’s Federal Circuit Reversal Streak Continues

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The 2016 Term of the Supreme Court has not been kind to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the specialized appellate court that handles all patent appeals. In each of the six patent cases from the Federal Circuit decided by the Supreme Court, reversal was the result. Specifically, the high court: Reversed the Federal Circuit...

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Supreme Court Sharply Limits Patent Forum–Shopping In TC Heartland

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Today, May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court struck a powerful blow against forum–shopping in patent litigation and the related patent troll plague. In a concise opinion by Justice Thomas in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, a unanimous Supreme Court held that a domestic corporation “resides” only in its State of incorporation for purpose...

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TC Heartland: A View from the (Supreme) Courtroom

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Having led the team that filed an amicus curiae brief for 48 Internet companies, retailers, and associations in support of TC Heartland, Peter Brann attended the oral argument in TC Heartland v. Kraft at the Supreme Court yesterday. Though not a disinterested observer, he offers these thoughts on what he saw: Although the venue question presented...

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