Texas Defeats Challenge to Direct Sales Law By Breweries

Judge Pitman had a busy day.  After ruling earlier in the day on the Wal-Mart public ownership lawsuit matter he ruled on the Equal Protection and Substantive Due Process challenges of Deep Ellum and Grapevine breweries to Texas law prohibiting packaging breweries from selling off site.  Judge Pitman granted the motion for summary judgment of the state and denied the…Read More

Wal-Mart Prevails In Challenge to Texas Retail Ownership Laws

United States District Judge Robert Pitman has ruled for Wal-Mart on its challenge to Texas retail ownership laws.  The Order rules for Wal-Mart on its dormant Commerce Clause challenge to the public corporation ban and rules for Wal-Mart on its Equal Protection Challenge to the “consanguinity” exception to the five store limit.   As a result Judge…Read More

DOJ Responds to Amicus Briefs in ABI-SABMiller Merger Review

  Although the DOJ filed its Complaint and proposed Consent Order in July 2016, the review of the ABI-SABMiller merger still has not completed its required Tunney Act review.  Yesterday, the Justice Department responded to the amicus briefs filed by the National Beer Wholesalers Association, Brewers Association, Yuengling, Teamsters, and Consumer Action and Consumer Watchdog and urged the court to…Read More