Archives for July 2020

Ohio Joins the Litigation Club As There Is a New Retailer Lawsuit Filed in Ohio

Earlier this month Ohio was covered on this website for going on the offense to prevent untaxed alcohol sales into the state.   This week, they are now a defendant as an Illinois retailer has brought a dormant Commerce Clause challenge against them. The Complaint filed on behalf of House of Glunz retail store in Illinois…Read More

TTB Secures $5 Million Fine and Suspensions for Trade Practice Violations

The Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently secured a large settlement with Anheuser-Busch for various violations of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAAA).   The TTB and ABI negotiated an offer in compromise where AB agreed to pay a fine of $5 million in settlement of various allegations of trade practice violations.  Moreover, the specific…Read More

Supreme Court Asks Texas For Response to Wal-Mart’s Cert Petition

The Supreme Court has asked for a response to Wal-Mart’s petition for writ of certiorari.  A response is due by August 21.  There goes the peaceful August vacation. (previous post) Updates in Wal-Mart Appeal to Supreme Court on Challenge to Public Ownership Ban to Liquor Sales in Texas On July 1, 2020, the Supreme Court…Read More

Lebamoff Petitions for United States Supreme Court Review of 6th Circuit Decision. Michigan Waives Response.

Lebamoff Enterprises has filed its petition for writ of certiorari seeking the review by the United States Supreme Court for its dormant Commerce Clause challenge to Michigan’s laws on alcohol retailing.   The 6th Circuit had recently ruled for Michigan. The petitioner’s brief claims that the Sixth Circuit’s decision to uphold the Michigan liquor law under…Read More

Lawsuit Filed by Independent Beer Distributor Against Anheuser-Busch Alleging Various Violations of Law and Contract

A lawsuit has been filed in Connecticut state court by an independent beer distributor against its largest supplier alleging various violations of Connecticut law.  The Complaint alleges breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference of contract, conspiracy, common law fraud and theft, as well as violations of Connecticut’s beer franchise and three tier…Read More