Iowa Court of Appeals Upholds Iowa Cross Tier Ownership Law

  The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld a district court decision that upheld the decision of the Iowa Alcohol Beverages Division to deny a beer retail permit renewal due to a violation of the Iowa laws prohibiting ownership across the supplier, distributor and retailer tier. The opinion authored by Judge Vogel  dismissed the constitutional challenges…Read More

Second Circuit Holds Oral Argument on Antitrust Challenge to Connecticut Liquor Laws

On February 1, 2018, the 2nd Circuit held oral argument on the appeal by Connecticut Fine Wine and Spirits (Total Wine).   The argument was scheduled for 24 minutes but was extended due to the court’s questioning and interest in the case.  Total Wine has argued that the laws on price posting, price hold, price discrimination, and minimum…Read More

Court Asks Justice Department to Respond to All Amicus Briefs in ABI-SABMiller Merger

Judge Sullivan has updated his order to require the Justice Department to additionally respond to amicus briefs filed by Yuengling, Teamsters, Consumer Action and Consumer Watchdog.   The DOJ response to these three briefs is also due by March 1. (Previous post) District of Columbia District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan has ordered the Justice Department to respond…Read More

Federal Court Rejects Challenge to Oklahoma Constitutional Amendment on Alcohol

Federal Judge Robin Cauthron today dismissed a challenge to the recently passed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution relating to alcohol sales. Last year the voters in Oklahoma voted for historic changes to alcohol laws in the state with 65.6% in favor of the proposed changes. The plaintiffs, the Oklahoma Retail Association, had a competing initiative that did…Read More

Center for Alcohol Policy Conference to be Held September 6-8 in Chicago

The 10th Annual Center for Alcohol Policy Conference will be held in Chicago on September 7th and 8th. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile and starts with a reception the night of the 6th and concludes at noon on the 8th. Once again the President of the National Association of…Read More