8th Circuit Finds Standing, Sends Minnesota Wine Grape Law Back to District Court

I blogged about waiting for the 8th Circuit’s decision last week and now they have ruled this week.  The 8th Circuit reversed the district court’s decision not to find standing in the challenge to the law requiring 51% of the grapes to be from Minnesota to qualify for one of two licenses.   They did not…Read More

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Upholds Law Banning Sales Below Costs Against Challenge from Total Wine

The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld the state law that prevents sales of alcohol below costs.   This case stems from an enforcement action against Massachusetts Fine Wine and Spirits (Total Wine) related to the state definition of cost of liquor.   The Court stated: “We conclude that the plain language of § 2.04(1) requires that…Read More

New Lawsuit in Michigan Claims Arbitrary Enforcement By State of Preempted Wine Law

A lawsuit has been filed in the western district court in Michigan by certain winery and cider interests against a new Michigan law and its enforcement.   Essentially, after many years of deferring to federal wine law, the plaintiffs assert that Michigan has created new vague laws in the area impacting wine production and bonded winery…Read More

New Wine Retailer Cases Filed in Kentucky and New Jersey

Two new retail wine shipping cases were filed this past week.  Both lawsuits are from the same law firm that has brought various pieces of litigation to a dozen states challenging state alcohol laws on behalf of out of state winery or wine retailer shipping interests. Both new lawsuits claim the state laws violate the…Read More

United States Supreme Court Upholds 6th Circuit and Strikes Tennessee’s Retail Residency Case

Reinforcing the law school adage of “bad facts make bad law,” the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 6th Circuit decision that struck down Tennessee state law that imposes a durational residency requirement for establishing and renewing a retail liquor license. Justice Alito wrote the majority opinion in the 7-2 decision, while Justice Gorsuch authored the…Read More