Legal

Bankrupt Blockbuster Will Continue to Operate
October 29, 2010

Movie rental company Blockbuster Inc. won court approval for $125 million in financing to keep operating while in bankruptcy, and to pay claims made by film studios.

Dartmouth Puts Brakes on Black Friday Bonanza
October 25, 2010

A Massachusetts town has approved tough new measures on retailers who want to open between midnight and 4 a.m. on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

USPS Files Lawsuit Over Exigency Rate Case
October 22, 2010

While mailers were still rejoicing over the victory on the exigency rate case, the USPS filed a lawsuit on Oct. 22 in the U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse the widely heralded Postal Regulatory Commission decision. The Postal Regulatory Commission on Sept. 30 denied the USPS's extraordinary request for a well-above-inflation-rate postage price increase that would have effectively nullified the Congressionally-imposed rate cap.

Oklahoma Enacts Emergency Rules to Implement Use Tax Law
September 28, 2010

The Oklahoma Tax Commission has adopted, and Governor Brad Henry has signed, a set of emergency rules to implement a use tax notice law passed by the legislature at the end of May. A rulemaking to set the permanent rules will likely commence next spring. The effective date for the rules is October 1, 2010.

Internet Sales Tax Legislation Stirs Debate
August 3, 2010

Dueling pieces of legislation, both of which were introduced in Congress in July, address the issue of whether to close the loophole that allows online shoppers in most states to avoid paying sales tax.

Senate Tackles Online Privacy With New Legislation
July 28, 2010

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, said Tuesday that he will introduce an online privacy bill that will create standards for how consumer data is collected and used for marketing.