Save the Date! Center for Alcohol Policy Law & Policy Conference Set for August 30 – September 1, 2020 in Chicago.

The 13th annual Law and Policy Conference held by the Center for Alcohol Policy will take place at the Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile hotel from August 30 – September 1, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Room rates are $169/ night. Registration details can be found here. Additional details including the keynote speaker and agenda will be updated…Read More

Briefing Complete for 6th Circuit in Challenge to Michigan Retail Shipping Laws

Briefing is complete in the 6th Circuit and the parties will await oral argument scheduling by the court presumably in the first quarter of 2020. Recall the district court struck Michigan’s law related to out of state retailer sales as a violation of the dormant commerce clause. The state of Michigan has filed its reply…Read More

Briefing Complete in 8th Circuit Retailer Shipping Case Challenging Missouri Law

Since the June ruling by the Supreme Court in Tennessee Wine Retailers Association there have been a few other judicial developments that this website has covered such as newly filed lawsuits, a 5th Circuit win by Texas and a victory by California against a challenge by an out of state importer. One of the other…Read More

One Less Circuit Court Case Reviewing State Alcohol Laws – 10th Circuit Appeal Withdrawn

The Plaintiffs challenging Wyoming state alcohol laws in the 10th Circuit voluntarily withdrew their appeal ending their challenge. Phoenix Vineyards operated a form of “winery Tupperware party” where their representatives would visit houses and drum up support for their wines.  The state of Wyoming noted that this sounded very much like a sale requiring a…Read More

State Attorneys General Call For End to Illegal Alcohol Sales Online

46 State Attorneys General have weighed in with letters to Facebook, Craigslist, and Ebay asking them to take more steps to prevent the illegal sale of alcohol on their platforms. Unlicensed sales risk great harm to public health, alcohol company brands, tax collection and are a growing concern with the growth of counterfeit and fake…Read More