IL Liquor Control Commission Lets ABInBev Keep 30% Stake in Distributor Despite Law Change

In a Halloween opinion after a contested hearing earlier this month, the IL Liquor Control Commission decided NOT to revoke the license of  the distributor entities that have a 30% interest from ABInbev.  In a 4-2 opinion, the four Commissioners stated that the Law Division of the ILLCC had not met its burden to revoke…Read More

MillerCoors Files Response To Motion to Dismiss

Sorry for the delay in posting this update to the website.    MillerCoors has filed its oppositionto the motion to dismiss filed by Chesbay and Reyes.   It also filed a group of supporting exhibits purporting to questions facts and defeat the application of a motion to dismiss at this stage.    The filing is curious in many respects…Read More

6th Circuit Rules Upholds Ruling That MillerCoors Is Not a Successor Supplier

The 6th Circuit upheld the district court today and ruled that the MillerCoors joint venture was not sufficient to trigger the successor supplier provision that MillerCoors attempted to use to terminate beer distributors.   In the opinion the court noted that Miller and Coors exercise control over MillerCoors and do not qualify for the provision in Ohio…Read More

5th Annual Center for Alcohol Policy Legal Symposium to Be Held In Dallas September 9th thru 11th

The 5th annual Alcohol Law Symposium will be held September 9-11 in Dallas, Texas.  The program begins with a reception on Sunday evening the 9th, runs all day on Monday, and concludes around 12:30 on Tuesday the 11th.  This annual event brings together some of the most interesting alcohol stakeholders in the country – including state…Read More

United States Supreme Court Denies Cert in Dormant Commerce Clause Challenge in Ohio

The Supreme Court today denied the cert petition.  End of this story. (earlier post–  Solicitor General Recommends SCOTUS to Not Take Ohio Case) The Solicitor General of the United States has weighed in with a brief recommending that the Supreme Court not take the dormant Commerce Clause challenge to the ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court…Read More