Is this the best liquor conference panel of the year?

By |2023-10-11T21:25:22+00:00October 11th, 2023|Breaking News|


The Blurred Lines in Wine, Beer, and Spirits Panel at the Slainte, Liquor Industry Symposium, can be considered the best panel of the year.

Liquor is changing and the status quo is gone. As change is exciting, it also leaves behind gray areas, areas of opportunities, and great debates and fights in the liquor […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer in Wine Searcher discussing Ohio petition

By |2023-09-29T15:25:54+00:00September 29th, 2023|Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press|

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Great to contribute to Blake Gray’s piece on Ohio’s decision to request a stay on the 6th Circuit’s mandate, so they can file a cert petition at the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the 6th Circuit’s decision. Ironically, Ohio’s position is inline with my position, which is that […]

The University of Notre Dame Law School and Future’s Group Slainte symposium, bringing together the best minds in law, academia, and business

By |2023-09-18T00:04:42+00:00September 18th, 2023|Breaking News|


The Notre Dame Law School and Future’s Group is hosting a unique symposium on liquor issues like no other. The symposium will focus not only on legal issues but issues related to investing in the liquor business from a private equity perspective, environmental issues, international trademark laws and global concerns, and a panel with some […]

1st Circuit Goes Concrete in vacating Rhode Island wine retailer case

By |2023-09-08T03:52:35+00:00September 8th, 2023|Liquor Case Discussion|


The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Anvar v. Dwyer (1st circuit decision) affirmed the district court in part, vacated it in part, and remanded for further proceedings.


The 1st Circuit vacated the district court’s decision in very strong terms. It rejected theoretical arguments about essential elements, health and safety, […]

1st Circuit reverses and remands in Rhode Island’s wine retailer shipping case

By |2023-09-07T23:23:20+00:00September 7th, 2023|Breaking News|

The 1st Circuit reversed and remanded a district court decision that upheld Rhode Island’s discriminatory wine retailer shipping law. The court held that to justify the in-state physical presence requirement for retailers, the court needed concrete evidence to justify its position, something the lower court lacked in its opinion.

More to follow later.

Chicago Federalist Society to host the great alcohol debate

By |2023-09-02T18:38:11+00:00September 2nd, 2023|Breaking News|

With the wine retailer shipping cases coming to different results and the 6th Circuit seemingly splitting itself into two sides on this same issue, the issue of whether the 21st Amendment or the Commerce Clause reigns supreme has become hotly contested.

If politics and marriage makes strange bedfellows, then people that think alike on liquor issues […]

Arizona and New Jersey judges needed to dig deeper

By |2023-08-28T21:58:45+00:00August 28th, 2023|Liquor Case Discussion|


Two recent decisions on wine retailer shipping cases out of Arizona ( Arizona Decision) and New Jersey (NJ Decision) federal courts show how judges are misunderstanding the issues and flat out getting it wrong.

In Arizona much of the decision was based on the judge’s conclusion that siding with the retailer would “require complete […]

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