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

Recent Deaths in Dominican Republic Underscore the Need to Maintain a Strong, Closed Alcohol Regulation and Distribution System

The news this month has been filled with news reports of the tragic deaths of 11 Americans while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.   Much of the media attention on these deaths have centered on the possible consumption of poisonous/tainted alcohol by the victims.  While more study is being done and the FBI is now involved,…Read More

12th Annual Center for Alcohol Policy Conference to be Held in Boston August 26 and 27

We are all waiting for the Supreme Court to decide the Tennessee Retailers v. Thomas case.   This case and many other interesting alcohol law issues will be comprehensively addressed at the 12th Annual Center for Alcohol Policy Law and Policy Conference which will be held August 26 and 27th in Boston at the Marriott Copley…Read More