Final Briefing Filed in 5th Circuit on Walmart Challenge to Texas Laws on Liquor Sales

Amicus briefs in support of Walmart were recently filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation/ Retail Litigation Center and the Institute for Justice.   Final reply briefs by the Texas Package Store Association and the state of Texas were filed this week.   The 5th Circuit has several hundred pages of briefing to wade through as it resolves issues related to…Read More

7th Circuit Reverses and Remands Illinois Retail Shipping Matter

The 7th Circuit finally ruled on the retailer direct shipping case it has had before it for a year.  The 7th Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of the state’s motion to dismiss and remanded this case back to district court for additional fact-finding on the Plaintiff’s Equal Protection and dormant Commerce Clause challenges. I attended the oral…Read More

Briefs Filed With 8th Circuit Urge Support of Missouri Tied House Law and Advertising Regulations

The State of Missouri has filed its brief and addendum appealing the district court decision to strike down one Missouri tied house law and two alcohol advertising regulations.  In a very strong 72 page brief the state outlined the many errors of the district court opinion.  The district court’s erroneous reliance on an overturned 9th Circuit opinion…Read More

Court Review of ABI-SABMiller Merger Complete, Judge Signs Modified Final Judgment

United States District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ended the two-year journey for approval of the ABI-SABMiller merger by signing the Modified Final Judgment. Judge Sullivan had this case as part of the Tunney Act review of this merger. The Tunney Act process is designed to give judicial oversight of antitrust merger decisions and settlements. As…Read More

Amended Complaint Filed Against Missouri by Florida Retailer, Renewed Motion to Dismiss Filed by Missouri

Judge Autrey gave the plaintiffs the opportunity to amend their complaint which he had previously dismissed.   The plaintiff, Sarasota Wines, did in fact file an Amended Complaint.  In turn the state has filed a renewed motion to dismiss noting the Amended Complaint still contains fatal flaws.  The briefing by both parties on the state’s renewed…Read More