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

Ohio Attorney General Files Groundbreaking Lawsuit Utilizing the 21st Amendment Enforcement Act for the First Time

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction against several out of state alcohol retailers for illegally shipping alcohol into the state of Ohio.  A press release was also issued by his office. The lawsuit against Wine.Com, Inc., U.S. Beverage Advertising Corp., Pacific Wine & Spirits, LLC, ShakeStir, LLC,…Read More

United States Supreme Court Denies Certiorari for Monster’s Appeal of Loss in 9th Circuit Related to Failure to Disclose Conflict in Arbitration Dispute

The Supreme Court has denied certiorari in the appeal by Monster Energy from its loss at the Ninth Circuit related to failure to disclose possible arbitration conflicts. Monster had filed this appeal to the Supreme Court.  It was joined by an amicus brief filed by the arbitration company JAMS.   The case was considered by the…Read More

Total Wine Wins Injunction in Indiana District Court on Residency Challenge

Recently, the Indiana District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued a preliminary injunction in support of Total Wine’s Complaint against  Indiana’s residency statute that requires 60% ownership by 5 year Indiana residents in order to hold a package store permit.   Previously, the Indiana ATC had denied the application based on the residency statute…Read More

Additional Retailer Shipping Lawsuit Filed in Rhode Island

I neglected to cover another federal lawsuit by Mssr. Tanford & Epstein filed late in 2019.   They have filed a dormant Commerce Clause challenge to Rhode Island law related to retailer shipping claiming laws that allow local retailers to deliver but not out of state retailers is a violation of the Constitution.  Their complaint can…Read More