Ohio intends to file U.S. Supreme Court petition on wine retailer shipping case

By |2023-09-21T00:34:39+00:00September 21st, 2023|Breaking News|



The issue of retailer DTC shipping is heating up with the state of Ohio acknowledging that the 6th Circuit’s decision in Block v. Canepa presents a circuit split on the issue of whether direct shipping restrictions are upheld as a matter of law, like in the 4th and 8th Circuit, or whether […]

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 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 […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer named to the VinePair 50

By |2023-03-30T15:35:23+00:00March 30th, 2023|Breaking News, Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press, Media|


Irish Liquor Lawyer, was named to the VinePair 50 today. The VinePair 50 represents people from all walks of life in the industry from mixologists, brand owners, to yes even lawyers. It is gratifying to be recognized by such a great publication in the liquor industry and to be the only lawyer named to […]

Breaking news: TTB and IRS paid a visit to Southern Wine and Spirits

By |2022-10-28T03:00:30+00:00October 28th, 2022|Breaking News|

Breaking news: TTB and IRS paid a visit to Southern Wine and Spirits

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Southern Wine and Spirits was paid a visit by the TTB and the IRS at their location in Union City, California. This according to an article by Esther Mobley of the […]

Illinois Proposes Coupon and Rebate regulation-taking industry feedback

By |2021-11-18T02:00:34+00:00November 18th, 2021|Breaking News|

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) proposed a rule on coupons and rebates as part of its “of value” regulation.

ILCC will be taking industry feedback for a couple of weeks before sending the regulation forward.

I think the industry can provide valuable insight and I already see some issues that should be addressed by a new […]

Supreme Court news: Wine retailer shipping case distributed for Conference

By |2021-09-22T15:37:26+00:00September 22nd, 2021|Breaking News|


The Supreme Court just announced that the cert petition challenging the 8th Circuit’s decision in Sarasota Wine Market, LLC v. Schmitt, which upheld Missouri’s discriminatory wine retailer shipping law, is being distributed for conference on October 8, 2021.

Originally, the cert petition was scheduled for conference on September 27, 2021. No word on why the Court […]

Supreme Court Update: State of Missouri files reply brief

By |2021-09-10T21:02:28+00:00September 10th, 2021|Breaking News|

The State of Missouri filed a reply brief in the Sarasota Wine v. Schmitt case which is on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Missouri originally waived their right to respond to a cert petition challenging their discriminatory wine shipping law.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court demanded a response. A conference date is set for September 27th on […]

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