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 […]

9th Circuit Remands First Amendment Challenge to California Tied House Provision

The Ninth Circuit remanded to the trial court a decision on whether a California Alcohol Beverage Control regulation that prohibits alcohol manufacturers and distributors from giving anything of value to retailers for advertising violates the First Amendment in light of recent United States Supreme Court precedent.  The case name is Retail Digital Network v. Applesmith.   […]

7th Circuit Rules for Indiana in Cold Beer Case

The 7th Circuit finally ruled for the state of Indiana against a challenge by grocery stores related to the regulations on the sale of cold beer.    In its opinion, the court ruled for the state and concluded; “The Association’s policy arguments for allowing cold-beer sales by grocery and convenience stores are matters for the Indiana […]

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 […]