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Date: 08-09-2018

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STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA v. WAYFAIR INC., OVERSTOCK.COM, INC., and NEWEGG INC.

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Case Number: 2018 S.D. 62

Judge: PER CURIAM

Court: SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Plaintiff's Attorney: MARTY J. JACKLEY
Attorney General

RICHARD M. WILLIAMS Deputy
Attorney General

KIRSTEN E. JASPER
Assistant Attorney General

Defendant's Attorney: ERIC F. CITRON
GEORGE S. ISAACSON
MARTIN I. EISENSTEIN
MATTHEW P. SCHAEFER
JEFF BRATKIEWICZ
KATHRYN J. HOSKINS

Description: On September 13, 2017, this Court issued its opinion in State v. Wayfair Inc., 2017 S.D. 56, 901 N.W.2d 754. We affirmed the circuit court’s summary judgment for internet sellers and held that the statutory scheme requiring these sellers with no physical presence in South Dakota to collect and remit sales tax violates the Commerce Clause. [¶2.] On June 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court vacated our judgment and remanded the case for further proceedings not inconsistent with its opinion. South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., 585 U.S. ___, 138 S. Ct. 2080, 2100 (2018). “Any remaining claims regarding the application of the Commerce Clause in the absence of Quill [504 U.S. 298, 112 S. Ct. 1904, 119 L. Ed. 2d 91 (1992)] and Bellas Hess [386 U.S. 753, 87 S. Ct. 1389, 18 L. Ed. 2d 505 (1967)] may be addressed in the first instance on remand.” Id. [¶3.] On July 23, 2018, this Court received and filed certified copies of the United States Supreme Court’s mandate and judgment in Wayfair. Two days later, on July 25, 2018, the State filed a motion requesting that we remand the matter to the circuit court for further proceedings not inconsistent with the United States Supreme Court’s opinion in Wayfair. Internet sellers filed no response to the State’s motion. See SDCL 15-26A-87.2.

Outcome: Accordingly, the circuit court’s order granting defendants’ motion for summary judgment is reversed, and the case is dispositively remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with the United States Supreme Court’s opinion in Wayfair.

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