Oral Arguments Held In 9th Circuit Case

An 11 judge en banc panel of the 9th Circuit heard arguments on the Retail Digital Network appeal on January 19, 2017, in San Francisco.  The judges fired a series of questions to the attorneys for Retail Digital Network, the US Chamber and the California Attorney General’s office and speculation on the final outcome is a terribly…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

Supreme Court Rules on Drunk Driving Enforcement Issues

The Supreme Court has ruled that warrantless breath tests are constitutionally proper but warrantless blood tests are not. In Birchfield v. North Dakota the Supreme Court reviewed cases from North Dakota and Minnesota relating to refusals to take a breathalyzer test (ND) and blood test (MN). In the opinion, Justice Alito noted, “The impact of…Read More

Center for Alcohol Policy’s Law and Policy Conference set for September 10 and 11, 2015 in Chicago.

The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Eighth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference will be held September 9-11, 2015, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. The conference starts with an informal evening reception on the 9th.  The conference will take place all day the 10th and conclude at noon on the 11th….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