The justices pressed attorneys on Tuesday about the potential consequences of overturning the court’s 26-year-old ruling.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley came to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, backed by the attorneys general in 42 other states, on a mission to overturn a 26-year-old decision that prevents states from collecting taxes on online sales.
But the court's nine justices quickly made clear that it would not be an easy sell.
Jackley had barely begun explaining that states were losing massive amounts of money and small businesses were being harmed by the 1992 case Quill Corp. v. North Dakota before Justice Sonia Sotomayor interrupted.
“I'm concerned about the many unanswered questions that overturning precedents will create a massive amount of lawsuits about,” she said.