Updated at 5:15 p.m. ET
Going into Tuesday's arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, it looked as though the court was headed toward reversing a 50-year-old decision that barred states from collecting taxes on out-of-state purchases.
But after the arguments, it looked as though a court majority just might preserve the status quo, and that would be a huge victory for online sellers.
The case presents a multibillion-dollar dispute, and the outcome will directly affect consumers, cash-strapped states and companies large and small.