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ILCC is enforcing cocktails-to-go, some retailers are confused, but compliance is necessary

By |2020-04-26T01:48:30+00:00April 26th, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

 

It must be stated that the ILCC does not allow cocktails-to-go and it’s enforcing the policy. However, there is confusion out there among retailers. And two retailers I know specifically got sanctioned.

Problematically, businesses may be inadvertently breaking a law, because there are potentially inconsistent and confusing messages on how to comply.

For example:

A bulletin written on March […]

COVID-19: Supporting Direct to Consumer Wine Shipping May Be a Matter of Life and Death

By |2020-04-13T20:42:02+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

COVID-19 forces us inside

During this time of great crisis our life has changed drastically. With shelter-in-place orders governing states such as California, Illinois, and New York, places of great importance in our society such as libraries, museums, houses of worship, and cultural institutions are closed for the public good.

To stop the spread […]

Support wineries in time of crisis by ordering via direct shipping

By |2020-04-13T21:10:22+00:00March 20th, 2020|Breaking News, Liquor Industry Insights|

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has devastated the wine industry and forced many to close their tasting rooms. One winery indicated that closing their tasting room has lead to losing 80% of their revenue.

Wine shipping is the only source of revenue left for some of these wineries. And this revenue source may allow them get through a […]

Will New Hampshire Government Take on All Three-Tiers

By |2020-04-13T20:45:24+00:00February 13th, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

 

On this blog, I discussed how we need to question government’s role in the alcohol industry. Specifically, we need to question when government operates in one of the three tiers.

We have seen the debacle of government running the liquor distribution system, https://irishliquorlawyer.com/has-michigan-lost-complete-control-of-its-liquor-system/, and we must question whether it is good policy for the state […]

Oklahoma Supreme Court finds Oklahoma’s distribution system illegal: Are the ramifications big or are they isolated?

By |2020-04-13T21:10:48+00:00January 22nd, 2020|Breaking News, Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|

In a narrow 5-4 ruling the Oklahoma Supreme Court found as unconstitutional a law requiring the top 25 brands of wine and spirits be sold to every Oklahoma distributor.

The overturned law essentially deemed null and void a 2016 constitutional amendment approved by voters which allowed manufacturers to choose a single wholesaler. (This amendment also allowed […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer’s Predictions for the New Year

By |2020-04-13T20:42:17+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

The New Year and new decade are upon us. Flower Power and epic battles in liquor will highlight this year.

Here are some of my predictions for 2020:

Epic liquor battles are coming and will result in a changed marketplace

2020 is the year of important legal battles. The calendar will only turn 15 days before […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer Looks Back to the Winners and Losers of the Past Year

By |2020-04-13T20:42:17+00:00January 1st, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights, Uncategorized|

Today I want to share with you my picks of the winners and losers in the liquor space for 2019.

Winners of the Year
1. Seltzers

They exploded this year and are here to stay. They cannot even make them fast enough.

2. The American consumers

With DTC options increasing […]

SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT BE IN THE BUSINESS OF ALCOHOL?

By |2020-04-13T21:10:22+00:00December 25th, 2019|Liquor Industry Insights|

Government agencies around the Midwest have been in the news lately about their liquor systems. Michigan’s liquor system has become a complete folly under which product availability is running short, while Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division faces claims from a whistle-blower that it illegally and excessively marked up the price of alcohol product.

HAS MICHIGAN LOST COMPLETE CONTROL OF ITS LIQUOR SYSTEM

By |2020-04-13T20:42:17+00:00November 29th, 2019|Liquor Industry Insights|

 

The State of Michigan is 1 of 17 states that is considered a control state for liquor purposes. In control states the government has a monopoly over the wholesale or retail aspect of a complete category of liquor. For example, in North Carolina the only source in which to purchase spirits from is a State […]

NCSLA 2019 New Orleans, Part I: Ethics Panel

By |2020-04-13T21:10:48+00:00November 4th, 2019|Conference Reviews, Liquor Industry Insights|

SIX DEGREES OF REGULATOR SEPARATION:

LEGAL ETHICS AND SOCIAL MEDIA

MODERATOR – WESLEY GEISELMAN, Of Counsel, Post Polak, P.A.,

Panelists: RUSSELL THOMAS, Executive Director, Tennessee ABCC

SEAN O’LEARY, President, O’Leary Law & Policy Group, LLC, Elmhurst IL

ANNA HIRAI, Assistant Administrator, Honolulu Liquor Commission

ADENA SANTIAGO, Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell LLP, Washington, DC

Introduction

The one […]