Plaintiffs Seek Rehearing In 6th Circuit Wine/Liquor Fight

The plaintiffs have filed a petition with the 6th Circuit to rehear their Equal Protection challenge to get a court order to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine and liquor.  It its brief in support of rehearing the plaintiffs  state:”Rehearing or rehearing en banc is necessary because this matter raises an issue that is…Read More

State of Missouri Wins Challenge to State Alcohol Laws at 8th Circuit.

Today the 8th Circuit released its judgment and opinion in the Southern Wine and Spirits challenge to Missouri’s alcohol code.    In its opinion, the court upheld the decision of district court Judge Nanette K. Laughrey.   The 8th Circuit dismissed the Commerce Clause and Equal Protection challenges to Missouri law.   The 8th Circuit joins the 2nd, 4th…Read More

Oral Argument Held in 8th Circuit Challenge By Southern Wine & Spirits

Today the 8th Circuit held oral arguments on Southern Wine & Spirits appeal of the district court’s ruling in favor of Missouri regarding their wholesaler licensing law.   The history of the case and briefing is provided at length below.    Sitting on today’s panel were 8th Circuit Judges Colloton and Shepherd as well as Iowa District…Read More

7th Circuit Rejects Preemption and Commerce Clause Challenge to Indiana Retail Shipping Laws

In a long and interesting opinion the 7th Circuit ruled against the plaintiffs claiming retail shipping must be treated equally with winery shipping.  Click here for the opinion.   The opinion I am sure will give arguments for both sides of the debate about alcohol regulation but on balance has some nice quotations that bolster those in…Read More