Posts Categorized: Legal Challenges

Challenging State Wine Laws: The Tanford Interview, Part 2

In a previous post we introduced Alex Tanford, the Indiana attorney and professor who played a key role in moving the landmark Granholm v Heald Supreme Court case to fruition and who is currently challenging discriminatory laws in three states that ban retailer to consumer shipping. In this post, Professor Tanford addresses questions concerning the… Read more »

Becoming An Advocate for Wine Lovers — The Tanford Interview, Part 1

For twenty-five years Professor Alex Tanford has, along with partner Robert Epstein, been using the state and federal court systems to address blatantly discriminatory laws the negatively impact consumers’ ability to access the wines they want. Tanford was Counsel of record in the Supreme Court case of Granholm v. Heald (2005) and in 18 related lower court cases addressing… Read more »

New Lawsuit Aimed at Michigan Ban on Wine Retailer Shipping…Again

A recently filed lawsuit against the state of Michigan claims the state violated the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution when it passed a law that discriminates against out-of-state wine retailers by banning them from shipping wine to consumers in the state. What’s most unique about this lawsuit is that it is identical to a… Read more »

Reciprocal Retailer Wine Shipping Law Challenged in Missouri

Following on the heals of the filing of a lawsuit challenging Illinois’ discriminatory retailer wine shipping law, a new lawsuit has been filed in Missouri that challenges that state’s law that only permits retailers in states where Missouri retailers may ship to ship wine into the state of Missouri. This so-called “reciprocal” wine shipping law… Read more »

Retailer Wine Shipping: On The Litigation Front

It is ironic that as the Internet wine retail market has heated up over the past decade, the one entity that has been actively discouraged from participating in that heat up is the American wine retailer. As a result of lobbying efforts to protect local retailers and wholesalers, wineries approving of bans on retailer direct… Read more »

Open Letter to State Liquor Administrators

The following letter was sent to the National Association of State Liquor Administrators and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association: Is now the moment for the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association to follow the recommendation of the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association and attempt to prejudice the… Read more »

Alcohol Retailers Challenge Baseless Law in Indiana

A federal lawsuit has been filed in Indiana challenging that states long established ruling that liquor stores may sell chilled beer, but convenience stores and gas stations may not sell chilled beer. The lawsuit is another example of states maintaining unjustifiable laws that favor one group of similar alcohol licensees over another. The suit, brought… Read more »