Press Statements

9th Circuit Decision Scores a Big Win For Ridesharing Drivers and Riders of Seattle

Washington D.C. – NetChoice applauds today’s 9th Circuit decision in US Chamber v City of Seattle.  The Court struck down Seattle’s 2015 ordinance as it violated antitrust laws.  Had it been allowed to stand, Seattle’s Ordinance would have enabled collusion by ridesharing drivers and empowered them to form cartels and collectively bargain against ridesharing platforms. “This is a victory for riders and drivers in Seattle’s […]

Austin Transportation Department Shouldn’t Pick Winners and Losers for Bike Sharing Services

Austin consumers will face fewer and more expensive bike-sharing options if a new permit application process proposed by the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) goes into effect. At the heart of the issue is the Austin city government’s apparent preference for one type of bike sharing model – bikes that lock into fixed docks wherever the city decides to put them.  These docked bikes […]

Iowa Legislature Should Reject New Taxes in SF 2417 and HF 2489, NetChoice Testifies

WASHINGTON, DC, May 4, 2018 — NetChoice filed testimony this week in the Iowa State House and Senate chambers asking for a full rejection of unconstitutional provisions in SF2417 and HF2489. If enacted, the bills would impose new taxes on Iowans while also harming Iowa’s travel and technology sectors. “Iowans will likely see this legislation as a […]

Santa Monica Ordinance Threatens Future of Online Platforms, NetChoice ‘Friend of the Court’ Brief To 9th Circuit Says

Fines and Jail Time for Website Employees if Users Fail to Register with City Washington, DC, April 25, 2018 – A Santa Monica ordinance, which forces online platforms to independently investigate and ensure every person with a listing on its website complies with the city’s licensing requirements, could be a death blow to web-based home […]

NetChoice Reaction to South Dakota v. Wayfair Oral Arguments

Steve DelBianco, NetChoice President, attended today’s oral argument before the Supreme Court in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair. NetChoice filed an amicus brief in the case, explaining that Congress has spoken on the online sales tax issue by enacting the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) in 1998, and by making ITFA permanent in […]

NetChoice Calls on U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold Current Internet Sales Tax Laws

Washington, DC, April 17, 2018 – Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, et.al.  At issue is the legality of a new South Dakota sales tax law that imposes sales tax burdens on out-of-state businesses with no physical presence in the state. The South […]

NetChoice Files Amicus Brief in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock.com, and Newegg

Deems South Dakota Sales Tax Law Unconstitutional, and Highlights Trump Administration Desire to Stifle Online Commerce and Make Mail Order Great Again Washington, D.C., April 4, 2018 – A South Dakota law is unconstitutional and breaks with settled law – the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), per an Amicus brief filed today by NetChoice, former […]

The iAWFUL 7: State, Federal and International Legislation Placing Barriers to Innovation and Commerce

NetChoice’s Internet Advocates’ Watchlist for Ugly Laws (iAWFUL) Targets Worst Bills and Laws for Online Consumers and Entrepreneurs Washington, D.C., APRIL 4, 2018 – Online tax burdens on small businesses, regulatory hurdles for Internet platforms and the preservation of entrenched monopolies are all possible outcomes from the seven worst internet advocacy laws – the iAWFUL […]

Massachusetts Jane Doe Lawsuit Proves Section 230 is No Barrier to Justice for Victims

Washington, D.C. – NetChoice welcomes yesterday’s decision by the District Court of Massachusetts to allow a lawsuit against Backpage to proceed for violating the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. In this decision, the judge affirmed that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) does not stand in the way of a civil […]

NetChoice Welcomes Wayfair Brief Filing, Providing Strong Arguments

Washington D.C. – Today, NetChoice has welcomed the filing of Wayfair and Overstock’s brief in the case South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., Overstock.com, Inc, and Newegg, Inc. “The brief shows that removing Quill’s physical presence protection would fundamentally undermine small businesses serving customers outside their state,” said Steve DelBianco, President of NetChoice. “The states are […]

NetChoice Disappointed by Rejection of Cert for Ajemian v. Yahoo

Washington D.C. – NetChoice is disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied cert for Ajemian v. Yahoo. The case, originating in Massachusetts, reversed the privacy expectations of residents and held that next of kin automatically gets access to data of deceased users. “The U.S. Supreme Court missed an important opportunity to clarify the privacy […]

NetChoice Celebrates Passing of CLOUD Act as part of Omnibus Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. – Today, NetChoice welcomed the news that the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act has passed Congress as part of the omnibus spending bill and makes its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law. “When signed into law, the CLOUD Act will improve civil justice in foreign countries […]

NetChoice Celebrates Inclusion of the CLOUD Act in the Omnibus Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. – Today, NetChoice applauded the news that the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act would be included in the spending omnibus bill. “The CLOUD Act is a commonsense bill that will improve civil justice in foreign countries while helping law enforcement to solve crimes and save lives,” said Carl Szabo, Vice […]

NetChoice Welcomes Milestone in War Against Sex Trafficking; Eliminating Need for Further Section 230 Reform

Washington D.C. – Today, NetChoice congratulated House and Senate members for their work on the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). The bill has been made stronger since its introduction, although caution is warranted as the courts now assess the meaning of the congressional handiwork. “We are pleased with the […]

NetChoice Welcomes RTPA-Free Omnibus

Washington D.C. – Today, NetChoice welcomes news that the Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA) will not be included in the spending omnibus, allowing Congress to come up with a real solution to collect sales tax from online sales. “RTPA never deserved a seat on the omnibus, since it was ridiculously hard for America’s small businesses […]

NetChoice Calls on Senate to Pass Wyden’s FOSTA Amendments

Washington, D.C. – Today, NetChoice called on the Senate to pass amendments introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden to the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). His amendments would safeguard the Good Samaritan component of Section 230 and would allocate extra funding toward the fight against sex trafficking. “These amendments are […]

NetChoice Welcomes Poll Showing Public Opposes New Internet Sales Tax Burdens

Washington D.C. – Today, NetChoice welcomed results from an opinion poll commissioned by the National Taxpayers Union showing that 65% of likely voters are opposed to rules that allow states to burden out-of-state businesses with in-state sales tax collection. “This poll backs up what we have already found in our own research, that the public […]

NetChoice Urges Quick Fix to Senate Sex Trafficking Bill’s Unconstitutional Provision and Technical Flaws

Washington D.C. – Today, NetChoice welcomed the Senate’s efforts to address the problems of sex trafficking via the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) but called for more work to address technical faults with the legislation. “Sex trafficking victims deserve a law that stands up to constitutional scrutiny and provides […]

Trump Administration is Mistaken on Online Sales Tax

Washington D.C. – Yesterday, NetChoice ­­­­responded to an amicus brief from Trump’s Administration backing a reversal of Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992), an important US Supreme Court precedent protecting out-of-state retailers from being forced to collect in-state sales tax. “In their brief, the Trump administration feeds into an anti-tech narrative by […]