Supreme Court denies certiorari in Wine Country case

Today the United States Supreme Court issued a long list of orders.  On this list was the denial of certiorari in the Wine Country Gift Baskets v. Steen case out of the 5th Circuit.   The orders can be found here. The Supreme Court decision leaves in place the ruling of the 5th circuit upholding the…Read More

National Conference of State Legislatures clarifies their official view of direct shipping

Update: Since the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) continues to have its position on direct shipping interpreted wrongly across the country, they have sought to clarify it.  Recently, they have written to one attorney  asking for clarity to avoid stating that the the full NCSL had endorsed a wine model shipping legislation.  Click here for the letter….Read More

Massachusetts Loses Volume Cap Litigation at 1st Circuit.

The First Circuit dealt a blow to state alcohol regulation today ruling against Massachusett’s 30,000 gallon volume cap for wineries.   In its opinion, the 1st Circuit determined that the MA law, helped by statements in the legislative record, was discriminatory in both purpose and effects and violated the Dormant Commerce Clause.  This is a different…Read More

TFWS Case In Maryland Is Officially Over

Well the sordid ten year history of the TFWS case is over.  There will be no appeal to the United States Supreme Court.   In order to save the state money from attorneys fees, the state will not appeal in exchange for not having to pay attorney fees.  In a fee settlement agreement filed with the court the…Read More

Update: US Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in TN Case (Bredesen v. Jelovsek)

UPDATE:  The Supreme Court has denied certiorari in this 6th Circuit matter.  Cert denial can be found here. Update:  TN brief below.   Supreme Court to decide whether to take this the week of September 29, 2009. A pairing of lawyer and wine connoisseur has lead to the U.S. Supreme Court  being asked whether limitations imposed…Read More