Rhode Island Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Retail Shipping Case

Judge John McConnell has ruled against the state of Rhode Island’s Motion to Dismiss.   The state argued that the plaintiffs did not have standing in fact due to admissions made during depositions.  The court found that the plaintiffs’ motivation is not relevant to the existence of standing.  The court concluded noting, “Plaintiffs have pleaded sufficient…Read More

District Court Issues Rash Decision. Rules for State of North Carolina and Dismisses Out of State Retailer’s Dormant Commerce Clause Complaint

Pardon the pun but the lawsuit brought by Mike Rash, B-21 Wines, et. al has been dismissed by the district court so I will call it the Rash decision. United States District Judge Frank Whitney of the Western District of North Carolina has granted the state of North Carolina’s motion to dismiss the effort of…Read More

Center for Alcohol Policy Conference to be Held in Chicago on August 30 and 31

I am looking forward to attending the 14th annual Center for Alcohol Policy’s Law and Policy Conference to be held at the Hyatt Centric hotel in Chicago on August 30 and 31.   It will be good to talk about the dormant Commerce Clause with people in the same room again! This year’s conference will feature…Read More

Wal-Mart Ends Federal Lawsuit Challenge to Texas Liquor Laws

The long running attempts by Wal-Mart to challenge Texas state alcohol laws via the federal court system are at an end. Recall that 5th Circuit had upheld the Texas laws and Wal-Mart appealed that to the United States Supreme Court.   Earlier this year, the Supreme Court denied this request to hear the appeal so the…Read More

9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Out of State Importer Challenge to California Law

Well, that was quick. Two weeks after oral argument, the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the trial court and upheld the motion to dismiss filed by California in the dormant Commerce Clause challenge by a Florida importer to California’s law requiring retailers to source their alcohol from in state wholesalers.  The opinion can be found here….Read More