Amicus Briefs Accepted by Ninth Circuit in Retail Digital Network Case

In March, the state of California filed a petition and brief for panel rehearing or rehearing en banc after the Ninth Circuit’s decision to reverse and remand with instructions to trial court a decision on the challenge to the California law that prohibits alcohol manufacturers and distributors from giving anything of value to retailers for advertising. California…Read More

New Antitrust Lawsuit Filed in Connecticut

Connecticut Fine Wine & Spirits, also known as Total Wine & More, has just filed a complaint alleging that certain alcohol laws in Connecticut are in violation of the Sherman Act.     The lawsuit apparently challenges the state’s laws on price post, price hold, quantity discounts, and selling below costs. This is not the first litigation rodeo for the nation’s…Read More

Ninth Annual Law and Policy Conference to be Held in Dallas on August 29-30

The Ninth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference is taking place August 29 and 30 in Dallas, Texas.  The conference starts with an opening night reception on Sunday, August 28.  The conference will take place all day Monday, the 29th and ends around noon on Tuesday, the 30th. This annual conference brings together a wide range of…Read More

Justice Department Clears ABInBev Purchase of SABMiller With Conditions

Update:   The required notice under the Tunney Act for comment on the proposed consent order has been published in the Federal Register.  The Justice Department will receive comments for 60 days.  The notice can be found here. (earlier) The Department of Justice announced that it has approved the ABInBev purchase of SABMiller in the United States. The…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