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Illinois Proposes Coupon and Rebate regulation-taking industry feedback

By |November 18th, 2021|Breaking News|0 Comments

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 regulation. Please reach [...]

Supreme Court news: Wine retailer shipping case distributed for Conference

By |September 22nd, 2021|Breaking News|0 Comments   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 moved the [...]

Supreme Court Update: State of Missouri files reply brief

By |September 10th, 2021|Breaking News|0 Comments

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 this case. More to [...]

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

By |August 12th, 2021|Breaking News|0 Comments 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 the Court is [...]

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

By |July 14th, 2021|Breaking News, Liquor Case Discussion|0 Comments   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 protects an essential [...]

Irish Liquor Lawyer to talk cocktails to go on TV

By |May 26th, 2021|Breaking News|0 Comments 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 lose this right [...]

Chicago to allow regular liquor license hours and increased capacity limits

By |May 14th, 2021|Breaking News|0 Comments

The City of Chicago announced that starting tomorrow restaurants and bars can operate at 75% occupancy. Six feet social distancing must be maintained. Licensees in Chicago can operate within their regular liquor license hours. Table/party sizes can be increased 10 per table. Seating at bar/counters is limited to 6 per party indoors and outdoors Standing areas may be opened to [...]