Minnesota District Court Strikes Law Requiring Minnesota Wine be Made From Minnesota Grapes

After a remand from the 8th Circuit, the district court in Minnesota struck the state law that provides advantages to wineries who made their wine primarily from Minnesota grapes.   The opinion by Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright on competing motions for summary judgement avoided discussion of the 21st Amendment and found strict scrutiny appropriate due to…Read More

Amended Complaint, Answer, and Counterclaims In Connecticut Distributor-Brewer Dispute

There has been a counterclaim by ABI, an Amended Complaint by Dichello and an Answer by Dichello in the pending dispute over the ABI equity agreement. The case will move towards discovery on the various claims and counterclaims.   At the heart of the issue is if the contract provisions whereby ABI purports to control the manager…Read More

Mississippi Case Not Heading to Supreme Court, Yet.

The time for an appeal to the United States Supreme Court has passed in the Wine Express matter in Mississippi state courts.  As such, this matter will return to lower courts for additional proceedings as a result of the Attorney General’s sting and enforcement actions against out of state retailers for illegally selling alcohol into…Read More

13th Annual Center for Alcohol Policy Conference Moved Online

Alas, another event is impacted by COVID. The 13th Annual Center for Alcohol Policy Law and Policy Conference will take place virtually over the course of four Wednesdays in September. Topics include discussions of the alcohol law cases found on this website. Please find more information and register here. (Previous Post) Save the Date! Center…Read More

Court Denies NC Motion to Dismiss Retail Shipping Case

Judge Frank Whitney of the Western District of North Carolina Granted in Part and Denied in Part the effort of NC to dismiss the retail shipping case brought by a Florida retailer and some consumers.   In his order,  Judge Whitney noted the plaintiffs had met their burden to overcome a 12b motion to dismiss. The…Read More