State Court Upholds Indiana Cold Beer Ban

Marion County Superior Court Judge Cynthia J. Ayers granted Summary Judgment on August 12 in favor of the state of Indiana in its defense of the laws limiting cold beer sales to package stores.  This case reviewed the challenges to the law under the Indiana Constitution. In her opinion she noted that Indiana has a state interest […]

Center for Alcohol Policy’s Law and Policy Conference set for September 10 and 11, 2015 in Chicago.

The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Eighth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference will be held September 9-11, 2015, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. The conference starts with an informal evening reception on the 9th.  The conference will take place all day the 10th and conclude at noon on the 11th. […]

District Court Rules for Texas on One Count, Keeps Two Counts Alive in Wal-Mart Litigation.

United States District Judge Robert Pitman has ruled on the Motion to Dismiss filed by Texas in the Wal-Mart litigation challenging public ownership of liquor stores.  Judge Pitman granted the motion to dismiss the Privileges and Immunities claim by Wal-Mart because it only applies to persons, not corporations.  However, Judge Pitman did keep alive the Commerce […]

Boston Consulting Group Study Highlights Importance of Open and Independent Beer Distribution System

The Boston Consulting Group has produced a white paper noting how the open and independent beer distribution is good for all brewers. In their paper entitled, “For Small and Large Brewers, the U.S. Market Is Open” authors Neil Houghton, Jr. and Marin Gjaja highlighted the tremendous access to market the beer distribution system has provided to brewers of all sizes. […]

South Carolina Court Upholds Three Store License Limitation

South Carolina Judge Early Doyet of the Second Judicial Circuit ruled for the state of South Carolina on a complaint by Retail Services & Systems, Inc. dba Total Wine & More challenging under state and federal Due Process and Equal Protection grounds the South Carolina law that limits ownership of retail licenses to three. In his order, […]