Friday, July 2, 2010

B&I Files Constitutional Challenge to Colorado Notice and Reporting Law for The Direct Marketing Association

We've blogged frequently about Colorado's new notice and reporting law (see here and here).

Since our last posts on the topic, Brann & Isaacson's George Isaacson and Matthew Schaefer filed suit in federal district court in Colorado on behalf of The Direct Marketing Association in The Direct Marketing Association v. Roxy Huber.  Filed on June 30, the suit challenges the constitutionality of the new Colorado law.

The Colorado statute, which targets out-of-state retailers, purports to require those retailers to notify Colorado customers of their obligation to self-report use tax and to require those same retailers to turn over confidential purchasing information regarding Colorado customers to the Colorado Department of Revenue. In the complaint, the DMA, the leading global trade association of direct marketing businesses and nonprofit organizations, asserts that the Colorado statute discriminates against interstate commerce, exceeds the State’s regulatory authority over out-of-state businesses, violates the privacy rights of Colorado consumers, infringes the free speech and due process rights of retailers and consumers, and exposes confidential consumer information to the risk of unauthorized disclosure.

We'll continue updating you as developments arise.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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