The Retail Industry Leaders Association's (RILA's) Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel Deborah White issued the following statement in response to the decision by a South Dakota circuit court today to grant summary judgment in favor of the defendants in the state's case against three large online retailers.
"We are pleased that the South Dakota court acted quickly. In ruling for the online retailers, the court appropriately recognized that it is 'duty bound to follow applicable precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court…even when changing times and events clearly suggest a different outcome.'
"This ruling moves the case on to the South Dakota Supreme Court and takes us one important step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is the only court that can overturn the outdated Quill decision.
"Retailers have long-fought for a level playing field with respect to online sales tax. Today's decision is an important and necessary step for closing the tax loophole that currently benefits large online retailers at the expense of local stores."
RILA is the trade association of the world's largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.