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 […]

Illinois Governor signs bill making radical changes to Illinois law

By |2021-08-23T17:50:47+00:00August 23rd, 2021|Breaking News|

Governor JB Pritzker on Friday signed HB230 which makes radical changes to Illinois law.

The law would allow IL brew pubs to self distribute and would provide guidelines on discounting programs wholesalers could offer.

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Supreme Court request response from the State in wine retailer shipping case

By |2021-08-12T02:13:20+00:00August 12th, 2021|Breaking News|

The U.S. Supreme Court today demanded that the state respond to a cert petition filed, which challenges the 8th Circuit’s decision upholding Missouri’s discriminatory wine retailer shipping law.

The Supreme Court has set the case for conference for September 10, 2021. Although the odds are always against the Court granting cert, the Court’s demand means that […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer writes U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief

By |2021-07-14T23:13:21+00:00July 14th, 2021|Breaking News, Liquor Case Discussion|


Irish Liquor Lawyer writes an amicus brief in support of the National Association of Wine Retailer’s position that the Supreme Court should grant cert in Sarasota Wine Market v. Schmitt, an Eighth Circuit decision which upheld a lower court decision affirming Missouri’s discriminatory wine shipping law as Constitutional.

The Eighth Circuit held that because Missouri’s law […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer to talk cocktails to go on TV

By |2021-05-26T17:28:54+00:00May 26th, 2021|Breaking News|

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 […]

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