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Oklahoma Supreme Court finds Oklahoma’s distribution system illegal: Are the ramifications big or are they isolated?

By |2020-04-13T21:10:48+00:00January 22nd, 2020|Breaking News, Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|

In a narrow 5-4 ruling the Oklahoma Supreme Court found as unconstitutional a law requiring the top 25 brands of wine and spirits be sold to every Oklahoma distributor.

The overturned law essentially deemed null and void a 2016 constitutional amendment approved by voters which allowed manufacturers to choose a single wholesaler. (This amendment also allowed […]

Mississippi-Wine Express Oral Argument: Did the Mississippi Supreme Court get it right or are they going down the wrong road?

By |2020-04-13T21:11:04+00:00January 21st, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion|

Mississippi-Wine Express Oral Argument: Did the Mississippi Supreme Court get it right or are they going down the wrong road?

Procedural History & Introduction

The long-awaited oral argument in the Mississippi UCC/wine retailer shipping case occurred last week.

In this case, the Mississippi Attorney General (AG) performed a sting operation where AG’s agents ordered wine from […]

Oral Argument set in 6th Circuit Wine Shipping Case: 1st major wine shipping case after Tennessee Wine

By |2020-04-13T21:10:48+00:00January 16th, 2020|Breaking News, Liquor Case Discussion|

The 6th Circuit set oral argument for Lebamoff v. Snyder, this case pertains to Michigan’s ban on out-of-state retailer shipping. The ban was deemed unconstitutional at the lower court and the state appealed.

This will be the 1st wine shipping case at a federal circuit court since the Tennessee Wine decision.

The argument is set for Thursday March 12 at […]

8th Circuit Missouri Broadcasters Decision: The state loses the battle but avoids losing the war

By |2020-04-13T20:45:04+00:00January 9th, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion|

The state loses the battle but avoids losing the war

The big issue in this case was whether like the district court, the 8th Circuit would render a decision on an alcohol statute/regulation without going through a 21st Amendment analysis?

The 8th Circuit differed from the district court in that it went […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer’s Predictions for the New Year

By |2020-04-13T20:42:17+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

The New Year and new decade are upon us. Flower Power and epic battles in liquor will highlight this year.

Here are some of my predictions for 2020:

Epic liquor battles are coming and will result in a changed marketplace

2020 is the year of important legal battles. The calendar will only turn 15 days before […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer Looks Back to the Winners and Losers of the Past Year

By |2020-04-13T20:42:17+00:00January 1st, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights, Uncategorized|

Today I want to share with you my picks of the winners and losers in the liquor space for 2019.

Winners of the Year
1. Seltzers

They exploded this year and are here to stay. They cannot even make them fast enough.

2. The American consumers

With DTC options increasing […]


By |2020-04-13T21:10:22+00:00December 25th, 2019|Liquor Industry Insights|

Government agencies around the Midwest have been in the news lately about their liquor systems. Michigan’s liquor system has become a complete folly under which product availability is running short, while Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division faces claims from a whistle-blower that it illegally and excessively marked up the price of alcohol product.

NCSLA 2019 New Orleans, Part III: Alcohol Delivery

By |2020-04-13T21:10:48+00:00December 22nd, 2019|Conference Reviews|




A great panel on learning the in and outs of the alcohol delivery world. Although alcohol makes up a small percentage of delivery revenue and often times is a loss leader, it plays a major role for delivery companies. Consumers demand this service and without it, they will not shop […]