Tennessee Is Latest State to Use 21st Amendment Enforcement Act to Try to Rein in Illegal Alcohol Shipping

The state of Tennessee has reached a consent order with five out of state alcohol vendors who were illegally shipping alcohol into the state of Tennessee. These five companies paid fines totaling over $50,000.

As part of investigations, the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission purchased alcohol from each of the companies. Despite being warned that these unlicensed alcohol sales violated Tennessee law, each company continued to illegally ship alcohol direct to consumers in the state. Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti filed this lawsuit in 2023 invoking the Twenty-First Amendment Enforcement Act and the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act.

Tennessee is now the third state to successfully use the 21st Amendment Enforcement Act to help chip away at illegal alcohol sales in their state joining previous efforts by Michigan and Ohio.

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