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

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

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

TTB Secures $5 Million Fine and Suspensions for Trade Practice Violations

The Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently secured a large settlement with Anheuser-Busch for various violations of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAAA).   The TTB and ABI negotiated an offer in compromise where AB agreed to pay a fine of $5 million in settlement of various allegations of trade practice violations.  Moreover, the specific…Read More