Document Type

Unpublished Material


Taxation-State and Local


Amici curiae are 14 professors of law who have devoted much of their teaching and research to the area of state taxes and the role of state tax policy in our federal system. The amici are concerned with the effect of this Court’s dormant Commerce Clause jurisprudence on the development of fair and efficient state tax systems. No decision of this Court has had more effect on state sales and use tax systems than Quill Corporation v. North Dakota. We believe the Tenth Circuit properly decided the case below. But if the Court decides to grant the Direct Marketing Association’s petition to review the issue of discrimination which it raises, we respectfully request that the Court also grant the conditional cross-petition filed by Executive Director Barbara J. Brohl of the Colorado Department of Revenue asking the Court to reconsider Quill. This brief sets forth the reasons for our support of that cross-petition.

Co-authored by: Joseph Bankman; Jordan M. Barry; Robert J. Desiderio; David Gamage; Andy Haile; Richard Handel; Hayes Holderness; Darien Schanske; Erin A. Scharff; Kirk Stark; John Swain; Dennis J. Ventry, Jr.; Edward Zelinsky