Category Archives: Litigation

Indiana High Court Spikes Monarch Beverage Bid for Liquor License

Monarch Beverage can’t enter the liquor business through an affiliated company, Spirited Sales LLC, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled. “We find that the (Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco)

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WV Wine Distributors Sue Johnson Brothers, Say It Seeks Monopoly

Six West Virginia wine distributors sued Johnson Brothers Liquor Co. and its West Virginia operation, Mountain State Beverage.   This according to the attorney representing the distributors in the suit, Steve Ruby of Bailey & Glasser, LLP. The distributors’ lawsuit alleges … Continue reading

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Out-of-State Retailers Must Comply with Illinois Law: U.S. Judge

A Federal District Court judge in Illinois went straight to the heart of the matter, ruling that “to  allow Out-of-State Plaintiffs to operate outside the (Illinois) three-tier system while in-state retailers diligently operate within the regulatory framework and help limit … Continue reading

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9th Circuit Upholds 3-Tier System, Calif. Tied-House Rule

Retail Display Network, which installed and operated seven-foot digital screen displays in 100 Southern California wine and spirits retailers, lost its challenge to California’s tied-house law that bans alcohol suppliers and wholesalers from providing retailers direct or indirect funding for … Continue reading

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Why Dogfish Head Wants Its Beers Removed from RateBeer

Anheuser-Busch InBev has a minority stake in the online beer community.  Sam Calagione, founder/ceo of Dogfish, thinks that’s a conflict of interest.  So do we, because of the Golden Rule. Not the Golden Rule you learned in Sunday School, but … Continue reading

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Total Wine’s Total War Against Alcohol Regs

The largest retailer of beer, wine, and liquor in the country, Total Wine & Spirits, has successfully challenged longstanding alcohol laws in numerous states, tilting the marketplace to its advantage through a mix of litigation, lobbying, and rallying support from … Continue reading

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