In what looks to be a response to declining mass market sales, Penguin has merged its Berkley imprint into the unified Putnam and Dutton group. Ivan Held, previously named president of the merged Putnam and Dutton imprint, will now take over the direction of the Berkley Publishing Group. As a result of the changes, Leslie Gelbman, president of Berkley Publishing Group, is leaving the company at the end of January. Gelbman has been with the house for 27 years. Christine Ball, now v-p and deputy publisher of Putnam/Dutton/Berkley, who oversees marketing and publicity, will continue to report to Held in an expanded capacity. In addition, Claire Zion, v-p and editor-in-chief of Berkley, and Raymond Garcia, v-p and publisher Celebra, will now both report to Held.
It’s been a year since the Supreme Court ruled by the slightest margin in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., and most states have had time to enact legislation imposing sales tax obligations on remote marketers. Few states, however, have paid any mind to Wayfair’s direction to simplify tax regimes via the Streamlined Sales Tax project or similar measures. In fact, states have shown little interest in reducing burdens on out-of-state businesses.
With this in mind, ACMA and our partner organization NetChoice would like to invite you to our free webinar on Monday, June 24th at 1:00 pm Eastern Time to explain the state of play and our litigation path to combat excessive state laws. Because negotiating from a position of strength is the only thing departments of revenue respect, we’ll explain why it is essential to bring a legal test case to challenge states that are ignoring the Wayfair factors and going well beyond Wayfair.
The purpose of this litigation is to establish judicial pressure on states to adopt laws consistent with the Wayfair simplification factors while sending a message to Congress that this remains contentious and problematic. In the absence of litigation, Congress is not inclined to weigh in on the matter.
Presenters George Isaacson and Martin Eisenstein, senior partners at Brann & Isaacson; Steve DelBianco, president of NetChoice; and Hamilton Davison, president of ACMA, will explain how suing one or more states is critical to establish the legal foundation for state taxation and regulation of remote sellers.