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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 […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer Moderated Panel on the Future of the 21st Amendment

By |2020-04-13T20:42:17+00:00October 31st, 2019|Breaking News, Conference Reviews, Liquor Industry Insights|

I want to thank the Federalist Society for allowing me to put on a panel about the Future of the 21st Amendment.

It was an honor to moderate this panel which featured two great legal minds well versed in 21st Amendment issues.

Professor Alex Tanford, constitutional law Professor […]

NCSLA Central/Western Regional Conference 2019, Portland, Part II

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

We heard “daddy” from the back of the room, little did we know that Brendan O’Leary actually had his hand up for a question and wanted to be heard.

The Rise of the Retail Tier and the Impact of Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association […]

Liquor Panel on the Future of the 21st Amendment

By |2020-04-13T21:11:03+00:00October 10th, 2019|Breaking News, Liquor Industry Insights|

I am moderating a panel with Professor Alex Tanford and the Solicitor General of Ohio Ben Flowers on the future of the 21st Amendment. It is rare to have two such highly esteemed legal minds discussing liquor issues.

Don’t miss this great panel: The Future of the 21st Amendment will be shaped by great legal minds like […]

Control States, how political infighting could devastate the liquor industry?

By |2020-04-13T20:45:04+00:00October 6th, 2019|Liquor Industry Insights|

 

There are presently 17 control or monopoly states (plus Montgomery County, Maryland), where the state operates and controls part of the liquor system. The control ranges from numerous states like New Hampshire and North Carolina where the state controls the sale of spirits to states like Michigan and West Virginia where the state controls the […]