DOJ Responds to Amicus Briefs in ABI-SABMiller Merger Review

  Although the DOJ filed its Complaint and proposed Consent Order in July 2016, the review of the ABI-SABMiller merger still has not completed its required Tunney Act review.  Yesterday, the Justice Department responded to the amicus briefs filed by the National Beer Wholesalers Association, Brewers Association, Yuengling, Teamsters, and Consumer Action and Consumer Watchdog and urged the court to…Read More

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

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