New Report Highlights Safeguards in United States to Prevent Counterfeit, Black Market, Substitute, and Non-taxed Alcohol from Harming the Public

Robert Tobiassen has authored a great report examining the lack of a counterfeit marketplace in the United States, especially when compared to other nations across the globe. Mr. Tobiassen served with the federal government’s Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for 32 years most recently as Chief Counsel until his retirement in 2013.   He performed his […]

7th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference for Center for Alcohol Policy is September 3-5, 2014 in Chicago

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who is also Chairman of the National Association of the Attorneys General, will deliver the keynote address at the 7th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference.   This event will be held at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile. The list of speakers and the agenda  are now available.   Topics include sessions […]

Cold Beer Fight Goes to 7th Circuit

The losing plaintiffs in the Indiana “cold beer” fight have filed an appeal seeking 7th Circuit review.  Recall the district court upheld the way Indiana sells cold beer where liquor stores with restrictions on access and employees can sell cold beer but other retailers such as convenience and grocery stores cannot.  I am on the […]

Kentucky Retail Challenge To Liquor Sales Dismissed With Prejudice – Over for Now

The long and winding trip of the Maxwell’s Pic Pac v. Dehner lawsuit seeking to expand liquor sales outlets is finally settled- at least for now.  The 90 days for plaintiffs to seek United States Supreme Court review has passed without an appeal. Judge Heyburn signed the order dismissing the matter with prejudice. The plaintiffs tried to  seek […]

KPMG Updates Beer Tax Administration Study and Concludes Alcohol Regulatory System Helps American Beer Taxes Get Collected

An updated report on beer tax administration was conducted by  KPMG Tax Managing Director, State and Local Tax Harley Duncan, formerly head of the Federation of Tax Administrators.  In this study KPMG noted a number of excise, sales and other tax rate changes enacted in various states in the past five years, but more importantly […]