Supreme Court Rules on Drunk Driving Enforcement Issues

The Supreme Court has ruled that warrantless breath tests are constitutionally proper but warrantless blood tests are not. In Birchfield v. North Dakota the Supreme Court reviewed cases from North Dakota and Minnesota relating to refusals to take a breathalyzer test (ND) and blood test (MN). In the opinion, Justice Alito noted, “The impact of…Read More

Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau Issues Guidance on Rules Related to Category Management

The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is the primary federal regulator of the alcohol industry. The TTB enforces the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAAA) which was originally passed in 1935. The FAAA governs various aspects of alcohol industry interactions and requires all wineries, distillers, wholesalers and importers to obtain a federal basic permit…Read More

United Kingdom Moves Toward a Three-Tier System With Alcohol Wholesaler Registration

As of January 1, 2016, any company in the United Kingdom that sells alcohol to another business will need to apply to register for the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS). This law was introduced by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to tackle alcohol fraud. The failure to pay alcohol taxes and wide-scale illegal production and…Read More

9th Circuit Remands First Amendment Challenge to California Tied House Provision

The Ninth Circuit remanded to the trial court a decision on whether a California Alcohol Beverage Control regulation that prohibits alcohol manufacturers and distributors from giving anything of value to retailers for advertising violates the First Amendment in light of recent United States Supreme Court precedent.  The case name is Retail Digital Network v. Applesmith.  …Read More

7th Circuit Rules for Indiana in Cold Beer Case

The 7th Circuit finally ruled for the state of Indiana against a challenge by grocery stores related to the regulations on the sale of cold beer.    In its opinion, the court ruled for the state and concluded; “The Association’s policy arguments for allowing cold-beer sales by grocery and convenience stores are matters for the Indiana…Read More