Whitmer takes the path of least Constitutional resistance

By |2021-01-18T01:56:04+00:00January 18th, 2021|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|

Whitmer takes the path of least Constitutional resistance

Several liquor bills (Senate Bills 934, 1138, 1139, 1140) in Michigan were recently vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. When presented with the bills, Governor Gretchen Whitmer decided to exercise her pocket veto, which allows a governor to veto legislation by failing to act on […]

Happy New Year from Irish Liquor Lawyer: Predictions for 2021

By |2021-01-01T16:58:58+00:00January 1st, 2021|Liquor Industry Insights|

 

Predictions for 2021

Today, I pay ode to the late John McLaughlin and make predictions for the new year. Enjoy it will be a wild one!

Prediction 1: The Supreme Court makes a move on wine retailer shipping. Lebamoff v. Whitmer, which appeals the 6th Circuit’s ruling allowing Michigan’s discriminatory wine retailer shipping […]

Merry Christmas in a season of hope: Wine may be fine but beer and spirits may die

By |2020-12-25T18:18:43+00:00December 25th, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

Wine may be fine but beer and spirits may die

The Christmas season often times allows one to reflect on what happened during the past year. Clearly, this year has been difficult and many businesses may not survive.

The liquor space is not immune to the difficulties faced by society in general.

Especially hard […]

The Supreme Court may prefer Wine to Walmart

By |2020-12-06T03:10:01+00:00December 6th, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|

The Supreme Court may prefer Wine to Walmart

Many liquor experts try to read the tea leaves and determine how the U.S. Supreme Court denying cert in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. TABC[1] will impact the Court’s action pertaining to the Lebamoff case.

Wal-Mart involves a Commerce Clause challenge to a […]

When alcohol can make you feel good

By |2020-11-26T22:42:19+00:00November 26th, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

When alcohol can make you feel good

Alcohol has many effects on the body, we all know that alcohol triggers the release of endorphins which produces feelings of pleasure.

In addition to releasing endorphins and creating pleasure, alcohol can also make the soul feel good. Especially when alcohol is produced to support a […]

Birthday shut downs ruins the day

By |2020-10-28T20:40:23+00:00October 28th, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

Birthday shut downs ruins the day

The Chicagoland area is known for great food and the best restaurants!

Every year for my birthday my wife and I look forward to a nice birthday dinner.

But this year the Governor has closed our restaurants and there is no place to go.

What is more disturbing is […]

How the three-tier system ruined my birthday

By |2020-10-28T15:58:01+00:00October 28th, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

 

How the three-tier system ruined my birthday

My wife wanted to surprise me this year for my birthday, and order me a bottle of Chateau La Fleur, the Vintage would represent my birth year.

Unfortunately, my wife discovered that ordering wine is not as easy as ordering shoes on Amazon.

My wife went […]

Michigan proposes liquor legislation, beware of the consequences!

By |2020-10-26T19:16:27+00:00October 26th, 2020|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|

 

Michigan proposes liquor legislation, beware!

The Michigan legislature has proposed several pieces of legislation that will become problematic if passed into law.

The legislative bills if passed, will grease the palms of the Michigan wine and beer wholesalers, and leave the State of Michigan vulnerable to Constitutional challenges.

SB […]

Illinois hospitality industry takes another hit, can it take another blow?

By |2020-10-22T03:49:49+00:00October 22nd, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

Governor Pritzker announced that restaurants and bars in DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, and Will counties will not be allowed to have indoor seating starting at 12:00 am Friday October 23, 2020. Subject to certain restrictions outdoor seating is still allowed.

But let us look at the real issue here. It is no longer July in […]

The three-tier system fails the competition and choice test

By |2020-10-20T17:57:08+00:00October 20th, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

 

The three-tier system fails the competition and choice test

Advocates of the three-tier system, mainly those representing the wholesaler tier, claim that wholesalers bring commercial benefits to society by creating healthy competition and by providing a vast assortment of brands to the marketplace.

According to this theory if not for the wholesalers, there would be […]

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