Iowa Wins Challenge to Cross Tier Ownership Laws

The State of Iowa has won a challenge by a beer retailer whose license was not renewed when the state learned that the retailer was owned in part by a winery. In New Midwest Rentals, LLC d/b/a Des Moines Valero #204 vs. Iowa Department of Commerce, Alcohol Beverage Division Iowa state district court judge David May…Read More

Key Provisions of the Justice Department’s Consent Order With ABInBev and SABMiller

Guest Column by Paul Pisano, NBWA The Department of Justice (DOJ) has proposed a Final Judgment approving a settlement (Proposed Final Judgment or PFJ) between the DOJ, ABInBev (ABI) and SABMiller (SAB), which allowed the parties to consummate the largest beer industry merger in history. While the deal is already closed, the settlement agreement has…Read More

Idaho Court Rules Against Effort to Restrict 10 Barrel Brewpub in Idaho

A state district court ruled against the distributor challenge to the Idaho State Police’s interpretation of Idaho’s small brewer definition.  The Court noted the confusing language in the sections of Idaho code but concluded, “Whatever the legislature intended, it did not preclude an international giant in the industry from buying out the local competition of brewers…Read More

State Files Motion to Dismiss, Parties Seek to Intervene In Total Wine Anti trust Lawsuit in Connecticut

Four parties have sought court permission to intervene in the antitrust lawsuit filed by Connecticut Fine Wine and Spirits (Total Wine) in federal court in Connecticut.  The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Connecticut, Inc., the Connecticut Restaurant Association, the Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association, and the Connecticut Package Stores Association have all weighed in with separate motions seeking…Read More

Indiana Retailer Challenges Illinois Law Banning Out of State Retailer Shipping

Professor Alex Tanford has returned to the alcohol litigation wars.  This time he and others are representing an Indiana retailer, owner and Illinois resident challenging laws in Illinois that permit Illinois residents to ship to consumers but prohibit out of state retailers.  In the Complaint, the plaintiffs seek to invalidate the Illinois laws on dormant Commerce Clause…Read More