District Court Issues Rash Decision. Rules for State of North Carolina and Dismisses Out of State Retailer’s Dormant Commerce Clause Complaint

Pardon the pun but the lawsuit brought by Mike Rash, B-21 Wines, et. al has been dismissed by the district court so I will call it the Rash decision. United States District Judge Frank Whitney of the Western District of North Carolina has granted the state of North Carolina’s motion to dismiss the effort of…Read More

Florida Retailer Asks Supreme Court to Review Adverse 8th Circuit Decision Upholding Missouri’s Retail Shipping Laws

The Florida retailer who lost their attempt to get shipping rights in Missouri at the district court and 8th Circuit has filed a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court asking them to take up the case and reverse the 8th Circuit. The plaintiffs argue that the 8th Circuit misapplied previous Supreme Court…Read More

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