Governor Prritzker signs a bill which would extend cocktails to go in Illinois through 12-31-2023
Cocktails-to-go passes in Illinois
Legislation extending cocktails-to-go until December 31, 2023 passed both houses and awaits the governor’s signature. The governor must sign by June 2nd as the law will sunset then.
I am scheduled to be at Channel 5 news at 4:30 and 6:00 discussing cocktails-to-go and how we need to extend the law to allow cocktails-to-go in Illinois.
Tune in and more importantly contact your legislators and tell them to support cocktails-to-go. If the extension is not signed into law by June 2nd. Bars and restaurants […]
The City of Chicago announced that starting tomorrow restaurants and bars can operate at 75% occupancy. Six feet social distancing must be maintained.
Licensees in Chicago can operate within their regular liquor license hours.
Table/party sizes can be increased 10 per table.
Seating at bar/counters is limited to 6 per party indoors and outdoors
Standing areas may be opened […]
Irish Liquor Lawyer will be speaking on fulfillment house issues and cocktails-to-go on an Avalara webinar on Wednesday May 12th.
The webinar will delve into the fulfillment house issues and the controversy surrounding proposed fulfillment house legislation and whether these proposed laws are constitutional.
Further, the webinar will be discussing the trends in cocktails-to-go and how it […]
Lamberth in Wonderland: Fulfillment House Ban lifted in Tennessee, but still be concerned
State Representative William Lamberth has lifted his proposed ban on fulfillment houses, alleluia!
After hearing from many consumers and Tennessee wineries, Mr. Lamberth discovered fulfillment houses are important to the wine industry, and that many Tennessee wineries utilize fulfillment houses. […]
Missouri’s discriminatory wine retailer shipping law upheld by the 8th Circuit
The Eight Circuit announced today that Missouri’s wine retailer shipping law, which allows in-state retailers to ship to Missouri residents, but denies this same privilege to out-of-state retailers is constitutional. Sarasota Wine Markets, LLC v. Schmitt, 19-1948 (8th Circuit) Sarasota […]
Tennessee legislation represents the biggest attack on DTC shipping in our lifetime
Tennessee legislation, HB 0742 and SB 0705, represents the biggest attack on direct-to-consumer (DTC) wine shipping in our lifetime. Unlike many state laws which are aimed at curtailing or prohibiting wine retailer shipping, these bills are aimed at winery shipping.
In 2005 […]
U.S. Supreme Court denies cert in the retailer wine shipping case
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied cert in Lebamoff v. Whitmer, a case which challenged a Sixth Circuit ruling which held that Michigan’s ban on out-of-state wine retailer shipping was deemed constitutional.
Although the Sixth Circuit’s decision clearly deviates from the legal […]
The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that the conference on whether to grant cert for Lebamoff v. Whitmer, which pertains to a challenge to Michigan’s discriminatory wine shipping law, will be rescheduled
The Supreme Court provided no future date at this time.