En Banc Panel Upholds California Tied House Law Against First Amendment Challenge

In a 10-1 decision, an en banc panel of the 9th Circuit overruled a previous three judge decision of the Ninth Circuit and reinstated a district court decision that upheld a California alcohol law regulating the payment between suppliers/wholesalers and retailers. In the opinion authored by Judge Paez the opinion noted that the Supreme Court’s Central Hudson…Read More

Federal Court Upholds Illinois Law Banning Out of State Retailer Shipping

Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan sitting in the Northern District of Illinois rejected the complaints of an Indiana retailer and Illinois resident claiming Illinois law requiring customers receive their wine through Illinois retailers violated the Dormant Commerce Clause and the Privileges and Immunities clause of the Constitution. In a crisp 9 page opinion, the court noted that…Read More

Court Rules for Connecticut and Against Total Wine in Antitrust Challenge

United States District Court Judge Janet Hall upheld various Connecticut laws from antitrust challenges brought by Connecticut Fine Wine and Spirts which most of us know as Total Wine.  In her thorough 40 page opinion granting the state and intervenors’ motions to dismiss, Judge Hall methodically went through the challenges and held: “Total Wine’s challenges to the post and hold…Read More

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Prohibition on Cross Ownership in Texas

The Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Texas ABC decision not to grant an alcohol retailer permit to an entity owned by in part by an entity that owns 20% of Heineken.  The 6-2 decision affirming the Texas ABC decision follows similar affirmance from the court of appeals, a district judge and a…Read More

10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference Will Be Held in Chicago on September 7th and 8th.

The Center for Alcohol Policy’s 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference will be held September 6 – 8, 2017, at the wonderful Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile. For those interested in suggesting program ideas please contact info@centerforalcoholpolicy.org.   This conference brings together the widest variety of alcohol industry, public health and governmental members to discuss and reflect on alcohol law and…Read More