Archives for January 2010

Another State Faces 21st Amendment Lawsuit. Welcome Iowa to the Lawsuit Club.

Iowa has recently joined the ranks of states having a federal court determining the future of its state alcohol laws.  Indiana University Professor James Tanford has filed another Dormant Commerce Clause lawsuit this one challenging provisions in the Iowa alcohol code dealing with reciprocity for direct shipping.  A copy of this lawsuit can be found here.   By…Read More

Massachusetts Loses Volume Cap Litigation at 1st Circuit.

The First Circuit dealt a blow to state alcohol regulation today ruling against Massachusett’s 30,000 gallon volume cap for wineries.   In its opinion, the 1st Circuit determined that the MA law, helped by statements in the legislative record, was discriminatory in both purpose and effects and violated the Dormant Commerce Clause.  This is a different…Read More

TFWS Case In Maryland Is Officially Over

Well the sordid ten year history of the TFWS case is over.  There will be no appeal to the United States Supreme Court.   In order to save the state money from attorneys fees, the state will not appeal in exchange for not having to pay attorney fees.  In a fee settlement agreement filed with the court the…Read More