Legislation to Support State Alcohol Laws Introduced in Congress

The sponsors of H.R. 5034 have announced they plan to amend their legislation.  This legislation will be a more limited version and can be found here.   A section by section analysis of this bill is here. H.R. 5034, “The Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act of 2010” or “CARE Act,” was introduced in the U.S. House…Read More

4th Circuit Rules Against State of Maryland in TFWS Case.

Very disappointing but not surprising decision from 4th Circuit today ruling against the state on the Maryland laws on price posting , price holdand quantity discount ban.   This decision seemed to be a certainty when an entire new panel of 4th Circuit judges came out for oral argument.   Personally, I think the court just wanted to…Read More

Indiana Wins Alcohol Regulation Case, U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert in Baude v. Heath

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Granholm v. Heald, a case concerning the direct shipping of wine shipping in 2005. The Court ruled that a state could not prohibit out-of-state wineries from shipping directly to citizens while allowing in-state wineries to do so. The Supreme Court then denied cert on the Brooks v. Vassar case in…Read More

Welcome to the Alcohol Law Review

This discussion forum is designed to provide information and discuss the rapidly developing issue of alcohol law and the growing attempts by special interests to have the judiciary determine alcohol laws as opposed to elected officials. There is always something going on in alcohol law and we hope you will visit and contribute to this…Read More

Why Alcohol Laws Help Protect the Consumer

The federal, state, and contractual system of alcohol regulation from origin through final sale to consumer is a system that has greatly served the American consumer.  From its prohibition on vertical integration and the 13,000 labels of beer available in the United States, to the prevention of grey and black markets, it’s a system that…Read More