Supreme Court Passes on Taking Wal-Mart’s Appeal of Texas Retail Liquor Law

The Supreme Court today denied request of Wal-Mart to appeal its loss in the 5th Circuit of its “discrimination in effect” dormant commerce clause challenge to the Texas law restricting the sale of liquor to privately held companies.   The matter now returns to federal district court in Texas per the 5th Circuit ruling last year….Read More

Maricopa County Superior Court Denies Injunction Against Bar Closures

Judge Pamela Gates of Maricopa County Superior Court denied the request of 100 bars to toss the emergency restrictions placed on bars. A copy of her ruling can be found here. There are helpful articles (1, 2) that summarize her 14 page opinion. At this stage she is denying the emergency relief and appears to…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

Guest Column: 100 Years After the Failure of Prohibition, the Supreme Court Has Opportunity to Prevent Another Federalization of Alcohol Policy

100 Years After the Failure of Prohibition, the Supreme Court Has Opportunity to Prevent Another Federalization of Alcohol Policy On January 16, 2019 the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair.   January 16th is a critical date in alcohol policy history because on…Read More

New Law Review Article Offers Comprehensive Overview of 21st Amendment and the Commerce Clause

A large number of law review articles addressing the 21st Amendment take a very narrow view of the amendment as part of on going policy fights related to alcohol regulation.  So, it is refreshing to see a new law review article that gives a more balanced history on the interaction between the 21st Amendment and…Read More