Wal-Mart Ends Federal Lawsuit Challenge to Texas Liquor Laws

The long running attempts by Wal-Mart to challenge Texas state alcohol laws via the federal court system are at an end. Recall that 5th Circuit had upheld the Texas laws and Wal-Mart appealed that to the United States Supreme Court.   Earlier this year, the Supreme Court denied this request to hear the appeal so the…Read More

9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Out of State Importer Challenge to California Law

Well, that was quick. Two weeks after oral argument, the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the trial court and upheld the motion to dismiss filed by California in the dormant Commerce Clause challenge by a Florida importer to California’s law requiring retailers to source their alcohol from in state wholesalers.  The opinion can be found here….Read More

Ohio Wins Some and Loses Some on Retail Shipping Motion to Dismiss

A busy week of dormant Commerce Clause litigation continues.  Judge Sarah Morrison of the Eastern District of Ohio partially granted the state of Ohio’s Motion to Dismiss but ruled against outright dismissal of the case. In her decision, Judge Morrison granted the motion to dismiss most of the individually named state defendants but kept the…Read More

Court Dismisses Retailer Challenge to Kentucky Law

Judge Hale of the Western District of Kentucky dismissed a constitutional challenge by an out-of-state retailer to Kentucky laws as it sought to be able to ship alcohol to Kentucky residents from out of state retail locations.  The Court granted the state’s motion to dismiss the dormant Commerce Clause and Privileges & Immunities challenges. The…Read More

Maryland Appellate Court Rules Against Pabst Again in Attempted Successor Supplier Distributor Termination

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has ruled again for a beer distributor who was wrongly terminated by Pabst Brewing as a result of Pabst Brewing reorganizations. The Maryland court found that the Maryland Beer Franchise law was clear and that that the corporate restructuring of Pabst Brewing did not qualify it to be a…Read More