The Supreme Court is expected to consider whether to issue new rules on online retailers on Wednesday, in a case that pits online retailer Etsy against online retailer Amazon.
The decision could be critical to the future of online commerce, as consumers increasingly shop on their devices instead of buying physical goods.
While the justices have already heard arguments in both cases, the high court is expected at least for the first time to hear oral arguments on whether the Supreme Court should allow a manufacturer to make a physical product from scratch or to allow the company to make products online.
In addition to its role in the digital age, the Supreme and the Court has traditionally been split on the issue of whether the Constitution requires states to enforce antitrust laws on the Internet, as Amazon does.
In the second case, Amazon sued the state of Missouri over an online marketplace where it sells computer games, television shows, and other products.
Amazon argues the state’s anti-trust laws should apply to its online marketplace, which is a virtual marketplace.
The court has already ruled in favor of Amazon in two previous cases, and the court is considering whether to take the case again in the next case.
Amazon has also been challenging online retailers who are selling goods directly from their warehouses in order to avoid the state laws, which prohibit direct selling.
Amazon also argues the court should not allow online retailers to make physical products using third-party manufacturers, who it argues are unable to produce goods on time and on budget.