DIRECTV INC LLC v. STATE

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DIRECTV, INC., n/k/a DirecTV, LLC, and EchoStar Satellite, L.L.C., n/k/a Dish Network, L.L.C., Appellants, v. STATE of Florida, Department of Revenue, Marcus and Patricia Ogborn, on Behalf of themselves and others Similarly Situated, Jim Zingale, Acting in his official Capacity as the Director of the Florida Department of Revenue, and Florida Cable Telecommunications Association, Appellees.

CASE NOS. 1D13–5444 & 1D14–0292

Decided: September 20, 2017

Katherine E. Giddings and Kristen M. Fiore of Akerman LLP, Tallahassee;  Peter O. Larsen, Timothy J. McDermott, and Aleksas A. Barauskas of Akerman LLP, Jacksonville;  E. Joshua Rosenkranz and Jeremy N. Kudon of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLC, New York, N.Y., pro hac vice;  and Eric A. Shumsky of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLC, Washington, D.C., pro hac vice, for Appellants. Christine Davis Graves of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A., Tallahassee;  John A. Hinman of Hinman & Carmichael, San Francisco, CA, pro hac vice, for Amicus Curiae National Association of Wine Retailers. Joseph C. Mellichamp, III, and J. Clifton Cox, Assistant Attorneys General, Tallahassee, for Appellee State of Florida. Amelia T. Rudolph, Eric S. Tresh, and Zachary T. Atkins of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Atlanta, GA, pro hac vice;  David Konuch, Tallahassee, for Appellee Florida Cable Telecommunications Association.

ON REMAND FROM THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

We originally reversed the trial court's order granting summary judgment in favor of the appellee, finding that the sales tax portion of the Communications Services Tax Simplification Law violated the Commerce Clause in Directv, Inc. v. Florida Department of Revenue, 218 So. 3d 895 (Fla. 1st DCA 2015) (Directv I). Thereafter, the Florida Supreme Court reversed our opinion and found that section 202.12(1), Florida Statutes, did not violate the Commerce Clause in Florida Department of Revenue v. Directv, Inc., 215 So. 3d 43 (Fla. 2017) (Directv II).

Applying Directv II, we find that the trial court did not err in granting summary judgment in favor of appellees and ordering the appellants to pay costs.

AFFIRMED.

PER CURIAM.

ROBERTS, JAY, and M.K. THOMAS, JJ., CONCUR.

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