En Banc Panel Upholds California Tied House Law Against First Amendment Challenge

In a 10-1 decision, an en banc panel of the 9th Circuit overruled a previous three judge decision of the Ninth Circuit and reinstated a district court decision that upheld a California alcohol law regulating the payment between suppliers/wholesalers and retailers. In the opinion authored by Judge Paez the opinion noted that the Supreme Court’s Central Hudson…Read More

Court Rules for Connecticut and Against Total Wine in Antitrust Challenge

United States District Court Judge Janet Hall upheld various Connecticut laws from antitrust challenges brought by Connecticut Fine Wine and Spirts which most of us know as Total Wine.  In her thorough 40 page opinion granting the state and intervenors’ motions to dismiss, Judge Hall methodically went through the challenges and held: “Total Wine’s challenges to the post and hold…Read More

8th Circuit Reverses Win for Missouri on Alcohol Advertising

The 8th Circuit has ruled that a district court was wrong to grant a 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss brought by Missouri against a complaint by the Missouri Broadcasters Association. The District Court opinion is here. The Missouri Broadcasters brought a challenge to three provisions of the Missouri alcohol code. The challenged provisions were laws that prohibit…Read More

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