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2nd largest Illinois market for restaurants issues Executive Order for Liquor Delivery

By |2020-04-13T20:45:04+00:00March 20th, 2020|Breaking News|

Naperville guidance

Based on the Corona Virus situation, Naperville which has the 2nd largest restaurant market behind Chicago, issued an Executive Order allowing liquor delivery for on-premise license holders. This allows restaurants to provide packaged liquor sales for carry-out, delivery and curbside pickup.



Illinois Liqour Control Commission issues order authorizing off premise sales with consent of locals

By |2020-04-13T20:42:02+00:00March 19th, 2020|Breaking News, Uncategorized|

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission ordered guidance which based on the COVID-19 situation, would allow an on-premise retailer to sell liquor for off premise consumption if it receives approval from the local liquor commission.

Traditionally, a retailer with an on-premise license can not sell liquor for off premise consumption.

This bulletin allows the local liquor commission to […]

6th Circuit Wine Retailer Shipping Case: Part I

By |2020-04-13T20:45:04+00:00March 15th, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion|

The Untouchable Legal Team, (From left to right) Sean O’Leary, Joe Beutel, Bob Epstein, and Alex Tanford

6th Circuit Wine Retailer Shipping Case


As an amicus party and being at the table with Professor Tanford during oral arguments, I had a nice front […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer as an Amicus party to the 6th Circuit Wine Shipping Case

By |2020-04-13T20:42:02+00:00March 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I am proud to announce that I will be involved in the 6th Circuit wine retailer shipping case, Lebamoff v. Snyder, as an amicus party.

This is the first major wine retailer shipping case since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Tennessee Wine decision.  Lebamoff will provide great insight into the direction wine shipping cases are going. Presently, there are […]

Lobbying on behalf of Illinois wine retailer shipping

By |2020-04-13T21:11:03+00:00March 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

I am proud to announce I am lobbying on behalf of Illinois SB 3830. NAWR (National Association of Wine Retailers) is pushing change in Illinois and I am proud to partner with them. NAWR is a great organization that seeks positive change in state alcohol regulatory systems.

We desire to bring more choice to Illinois consumers, […]

Mississippi Wine Express Case: This arbitrary decision will have consequences that resonate

By |2020-04-13T21:11:04+00:00February 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Mississippi Wine Express Decision


The decision from the Mississippi Wine Express case sets a bad precedent in utilizing ambiguity to impose legal jurisdiction over a business. The results of the decision will hurt Mississippi consumers and could lead to businesses avoiding interaction with Mississippi residents. The lack of concrete standards utilized […]

Mississippi Supreme Court rules that Wine Express establish personal jurisdiction in UCC/Wine Shipping case

By |2020-04-13T21:11:04+00:00February 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that Wine Express and various other New York and California retailers established personal jurisdiction in Mississippi when they sold wine to Mississippi customers pursuant to UCC terms of contract in California and New York and helped arrange shipping for the customers back to Mississippi.

This is an interesting case of the […]

District Court dismisses challenge to California’s importer law but the battle has just begun

By |2020-04-13T20:42:02+00:00February 24th, 2020|Breaking News, Liquor Case Discussion|

Chief Judge Diane Mueller ruled in favor of California in a challenge to its laws which requires that alcoholic beverages imported into the state be consigned and delivered to a licensed importer at the importer’s licensed premises or at a public warehouse. A Florida importer, who wanted to deliver products to California retailers directly without […]

Will New Hampshire Government Take on All Three-Tiers

By |2020-04-13T20:45:24+00:00February 13th, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|


On this blog, I discussed how we need to question government’s role in the alcohol industry. Specifically, we need to question when government operates in one of the three tiers.

We have seen the debacle of government running the liquor distribution system,, and we must question whether it is good policy for the state […]