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Irish Liquor Lawyer Exclusive: Ohio sued for discriminatory wine shipping law

By |2020-07-21T20:47:54+00:00July 21st, 2020|Breaking News, Liquor Case Discussion|


Today a lawsuit was filed against Ohio, Ohio Wine Shipping Lawsuit, based on its wine retailer shipping law, which allows in-state retailers to ship to Ohio consumers, but denies this privilege to out-of-state retailers.

This suit is based on Ohio’s law violating the Commerce Clause’s Non-Discrimination principle.

It was only recently the State of Ohio announced […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer in Wine Spectator

By |2020-07-21T12:06:46+00:00July 21st, 2020|Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press|


I am honored to be a contributor to a Wine Spectator article about Ohio’s recent enforcement action, where Ohio filed for a federal injunction under the Twenty-first Amendment Enforcement Act against numerous online businesses.

As states will become more aggressive towards wine shipping, we should expect the states to up their game. Direct to […]

U.S. Supreme Court cert petition filed in wine retailer shipping case

By |2020-07-17T21:46:34+00:00July 17th, 2020|Breaking News, Liquor Case Discussion|

Today, a Cert petition was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting they hear an appeal on the 6th Circuit’s decision in Lebamoff v. Snyder. The 6th Circuit upheld Michigan’s out-of-state wine retailer shipping ban by reversing a District Court’s decision, which held that Michigan’s law violated the Commerce Clause’s nondiscrimination principle.

Ohio Attorney General Utilizes 21st Amendment Enforcement Act against & Wine Country Gift Baskets

By |2020-07-09T04:15:03+00:00July 9th, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion|


21st Amendment Enforcement Act is alive and well

In what may be a first in recent memory, the Ohio AG Dave Yost is utilizing the Twenty-first Amendment Enforcement Act to file a preliminary injunction in federal court to stop certain retailers from shipping wine and spirits into the state.

The specific retailers named in […]

Big City Fights May Emerge in the Wine Shipping Game

By |2020-07-04T14:41:23+00:00July 4th, 2020|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|


Big City Fights May Emerge in the Wine Shipping Game

After years of budget mismanagement that is only getting worse, Chicago decided to expand its tax base by imposing its liquor tax on Direct To Consumer (DTC) winery shipments into the state. The new tax will treat a direct wine shipper like any retailer […]

Cocktails-For-Hope nominated for an award

By |2020-06-22T20:26:19+00:00June 22nd, 2020|Breaking News|


Cocktails-For-Hope was nominated for a Time In Award  by Time Out Chicago. The award recognizes Chicago organizations that by their hard work and creativity helped make a difference in the hospitality community during quarantine time.

Cocktails-For-Hope is a grassroots effort started in Mid-March to bring cocktails-to-go to help the struggling hospitality community in Chicago […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer on WGN Karen Conti show

By |2020-06-22T20:08:49+00:00June 22nd, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion|

I had the privilege of discussing cocktails-to-go on the Karen Conti show. It was a wide ranging discussion covering the specifics of the Illinois and City of Chicago cocktails-to-go law and also we delved it other topics such as the future of the  liquor industry.


Cocktails-For-Hope makes history: Irish liquor Lawyer discusses in the media

By |2020-06-18T21:13:57+00:00June 18th, 2020|Breaking News, Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press|


Cocktails-For-Hope did something that not even Al Capone and his muscleman could do, they made cocktails-to-go legal in Chicago.

I was honored to discuss this historic occasion with Fox Chicago, NBC 5 Chicago, and Time Out Chicago. 

BE sure to check out our webinar tomorrow

Webinar on Illinois’ new cocktails-to-go law: Tomorrow at 1

By |2020-06-18T18:30:46+00:00June 18th, 2020|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|

Cocktails-For-Hope is hosting a free webinar tomorrow at 1:00 pm central time on the new Illinois cocktails-to-go law. The panel includes Julia Momose of Kumiko and Cocktails-For-Hope, Ian Beacraft Co-Founder Cocktails-For-Hope, Lindsey Lapointe, Illinois State Representative, who co-sponsored and drafted the bill, and myself, Irish Liquor Lawyer, Sean O’Leary.

Sign up here


Irish Liquor Lawyer speaking about Cocktails-For-Hope on NBC 5 and Fox Chicago

By |2020-06-17T20:39:47+00:00June 17th, 2020|Breaking News, Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press|




With Chicago passing cocktails-to-go and making it legal for the first time since the 1930s, NBC and Fox Chicago are doing a segment on Cocktails-For-Hope celebrating a hard earned victory. NBC plans on doing […]

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