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Mayhem in Mississippi: Irish Liquor Lawyer writes amicus brief in Wine Express v. Hood

By |2020-04-13T21:11:03+00:00July 14th, 2019|Breaking News, Liquor Case Discussion|

Irish Liquor Lawyer files amicus brief in the Mississippi wine shipping case. I am truly honored that Wine Freedom asked me to draft an amicus brief on their behalf in the Hood v. Wine Express Inc. case.

This is an important case that could shape the future of how alcohol is sold and enhance direct to […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer contributes to Forbes on the Tennessee Wine Supreme Court case

By |2019-07-05T23:05:43+00:00July 5th, 2019|Breaking News, Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press, Irish Liquor Lawyer Interviews, Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|

I am immensely proud to contribute to a great publication like Forbes!

Sean O’Leary, The Irish Liquor Lawyer, Reacts To The Court’s Support Of Wine Retailers

O'Leary is a supporter of the recent Supreme Court ruling. Credit: OVC Photography.

Tennessee Wine Case’s big winner: Data geeks

By |2020-04-13T21:10:22+00:00June 28th, 2019|Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|

The Tennessee Wine case has come and gone and the shock has now worn off. Now it is time to take account of what the decision means. On its surface it is clearly a resounding win for Total Wine and More and a resounding loss for the Tennessee Wine Retailers Association (Association).

However, we all […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer predicted the Tennessee Wine case correctly

By |2019-06-26T11:54:09+00:00June 26th, 2019|Breaking News, Liquor Case Discussion|

In a previous post I predicted that Justice Samuel Alito would write the opinion in Tennessee Wine and that it would be written broadly.

Justice Alito wrote the opinion and settled the Granholm debate. I figured how the opinions were going that Alito would write it. Based on his questioning in oral argument I knew that he […]

Wow: Alito exapnds Granholm in Tennessee Wine Decision settling the long debate in the liquor world

By |2020-04-13T20:44:34+00:00June 26th, 2019|Breaking News, Liquor Case Discussion|

Writing for the majority Justice Sam Alito made a statement that is going to resonate in the liquor industry for years to come. He held that reading Granholm as only extending to producers has no sound basis and Granholm stands for the proposition that the Commerce Clause prohibits state discrimination against all out-of-state economic interest.

As the debate over […]

Tennessee Wine Case: Will the Supreme Court decide to put an end to Checkerboard Justice?

By |2020-04-13T21:10:22+00:00June 22nd, 2019|Liquor Case Discussion|


The liquor world awaits the Supreme Court’s decision anxiously and we wonder how the case will turn out? Will the decision be narrow and limited to the facts of the case, or could we have a major decision that shakes the liquor world to its core?

The deciding factor on how far the Court could go, […]

What is the destiny of the Tennessee Wine opinion, The Court may have told us today!

By |2020-04-13T20:45:24+00:00June 21st, 2019|Liquor Case Discussion|

Although the Tennessee Wine opinion was not released, the Supreme Court provided some clues on the destiny of the opinion.

The Chief Justice wrote the opinion in Knick v. Scott, why is that relevant to the liquor world? Since Knick has been disposed of, there is one opinion left from January oral arguments, yes Tennessee Wines. […]