Tennessee Retailers’ Supreme Court Case Has A New Respondent

The pending Supreme Court case on the Tennessee retail residency law is now on its third named state defendant.  Sorry Clayton Byrd and now Zachary Blair, your name is off the case caption.  Congratulations to Russell F. Thomas who is the new Executor Director of the Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Control and because of that title…Read More

Guest Column: 100 Years After the Failure of Prohibition, the Supreme Court Has Opportunity to Prevent Another Federalization of Alcohol Policy

100 Years After the Failure of Prohibition, the Supreme Court Has Opportunity to Prevent Another Federalization of Alcohol Policy On January 16, 2019 the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair.   January 16th is a critical date in alcohol policy history because on…Read More

Motion to Dismiss Out of State Wholesaler Challenge to California Wholesaler Law Scheduled for December 21, 2018

The Eastern District of California will hear the Motion to Dismiss filed by the state of California on December 21, 2018.   California wholesaler organizations weighed in with an amicus in support of the state and the plaintiff Orion Wine has filed a brief in opposition to the motion to dismiss. (previous post) Motions to Dismiss Out of…Read More

7th Circuit Reverses and Remands Illinois Retail Shipping Matter

The 7th Circuit finally ruled on the retailer direct shipping case it has had before it for a year.  The 7th Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of the state’s motion to dismiss and remanded this case back to district court for additional fact-finding on the Plaintiff’s Equal Protection and dormant Commerce Clause challenges. I attended the oral…Read More

Briefs Filed With 8th Circuit Urge Support of Missouri Tied House Law and Advertising Regulations

The State of Missouri has filed its brief and addendum appealing the district court decision to strike down one Missouri tied house law and two alcohol advertising regulations.  In a very strong 72 page brief the state outlined the many errors of the district court opinion.  The district court’s erroneous reliance on an overturned 9th Circuit opinion…Read More