Justice Department Clears ABInBev Purchase of SABMiller With Conditions

The Department of Justice announced that it has approved the ABInBev purchase of SABMiller in the United States. The DOJ’s press release, Proposed Consent Order, and Competitive Impact Statement can be found here. The DOJ approved the proposal by ABInBev to sell the SABMiller interest in the MillerCoors Joint Venture to Molson Coors and also added…Read More

Is It Time for a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol?

There is a certain appeal to the sound-bite of the pro marijuana legalization forces when they claim they want to “regulate marijuana like alcohol,” but the devil is always in the details. The conversation about regulating marijuana like alcohol is incomplete without mentioning the unique constitutional nature of alcohol regulation. A previous post suggested that…Read More

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