The Success of the Inaugural Notre Dame Slainte Wine, Beer, & Spirits Industry Symposium

By |2023-11-28T23:07:48+00:00November 28th, 2023|Conference Reviews|


The inaugural Notre Dame Slainte Wine, Beer, & Spirits Industry Symposium finished ten days ago and it was a resounding success. The whole mix from the programming, the food, the wine, and the hospitality, to the people who attended, it all worked.

I never thought I would become involved in planning and starting a conference from […]

The DTC scrutiny question

By |2023-11-25T22:58:00+00:00November 25th, 2023|Liquor Case Discussion|


When I moderated a panel at the Notre Dame Wine, Beer, and Spirits Symposium on DTC shipping and 21st Amendment challenges, a debate sprung up from pro-shipping advocates on the proper standard for judging a discriminatory state liquor law. On one side of the argument was the believe that discriminatory state liquor laws are subject […]

What a Black Night Club Owner and Big Soda taught me about liquor regulation

By |2023-11-09T21:32:51+00:00November 9th, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|


A Black night club owner in Western Illinois and PepsiCo seem to be the unlikeliest pair to end up in the same regulatory predicament, but as they say truth is stranger than fiction.

I represented this night club owner who obtained their liquor license after a tough two-year battle. Along the way we encountered a lack […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer makes appearance in Wine Searcher

By |2023-11-09T20:25:55+00:00November 9th, 2023|Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press|


Great discussing the positive result in the 6th Circuit’s decision in the Ohio wine retailer shipping case. The 6th Circuit reversed and remanded for further proceedings a decision from a district court upholding Ohio’s discriminatory wine retailer shipping law.

The state will need to provide evidence why discrimination is necessary. A solid wine for our […]

Want to know how to invest in wine

By |2023-11-09T18:00:34+00:00November 9th, 2023|Conference Reviews|


The wine industry is valued at an estimated figure of $350 billion, which means it’s a potentially lucrative marketplace to enter into. Unfortunately, they don’t print instructions on how to make money in the wine industry.

To become successful, one must be very business savvy and utilize the knowledge of experts.

The Notre Dame Slainte Liquor Industry […]

Ohio decides not to seek cert at U.S. Supreme Court in wine retailer shipping case

By |2023-11-02T20:59:29+00:00November 2nd, 2023|Breaking News, Liquor Case Discussion|


The Ohio Attorney General has decided not to seek cert with the United States Supreme Court. On September 27th, the Sixth Circuit issued an order, which stayed the Sixth Circuit’s decision, which reversed and remanded a lower court decision upholding Ohio’s discriminatory shipping law. The Stay was issued at the request of the Ohio AG, […]

California goes business unfriendly again and wine will suffer

By |2023-10-30T00:52:27+00:00October 30th, 2023|Liquor Case Discussion|


California can’t get out of their way in being business unfriendly and it amazes me that big wine interest groups let them travel down this road so easily. We seem to be slowly turning back the clock from Granholm, where barriers to entry were destroyed, to an environment where barriers to entry are becoming commonplace […]

Judge rejects state’s motion to dismiss in Washington distiller shipping case

By |2023-10-24T23:19:46+00:00October 24th, 2023|Liquor Case Discussion|



The Court took an absolute Commerce Clause position and relied on a U.S. Supreme Court case, which permits discrimination only when absolutely necessary.

The Court further dismissed the state’s claim that the 21st Amendment shields state discriminatory laws from Commerce Clause challenges. It held that the state misreads U.S. Supreme Court precedent […]

Southern Wine and Spirits becomes Lina Khan’s punching bag

By |2023-10-24T13:51:09+00:00October 24th, 2023|Liquor Case Discussion|


Recently, it was announced through a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) press release, that the FTC filed a petition in federal court to force Total Wine and More (Total) to produce documents related to the FTC’s investigation into Southern Wine and Spirits (Southern). The FTC order sought documents from Total “as part of its investigation into […]

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