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Big Changes Coming to Pennsylvania's Alcoholic Beverage Market

On June 8, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law the first major overhaul of the Commonwealth’s Liquor Code since the end of Prohibition. Wolf heralded the measure as enhancing customer convenience while providing...more

Proposed New North Carolina Law Would Allow Distilleries to Sell Direct to Consumers Outside the State at the Distiller’s Price

North Carolina House Bill 169, the Regulatory Reduction Act of 2016, proposes to authorize North Carolina distilleries to “better complete nationally and internationally” through two important changes: (1) increasing the cap...more

Christmas Comes Early for the Pennsylvania Liquor Industry: Governor Wolf Signs Liquor Modernization Bill into Law

Christmas has come early in 2016 for the Pennsylvania wine, liquor and malt or brewed beverage industry: on June 8, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1690 in law. While the bill does not provide for the privatization of the...more

Worth Another Look: Liquor Reform

Much to the frustration of Pennsylvania liquor consumers, wine and spirits are only available for purchase at state-run liquor stores. The system, often described as irritating, antiquated and inconvenient, has been at the...more

Cook County Circuit Court Dismisses 201 False Claims Act Lawsuits

At a hearing yesterday, Cook County Circuit Judge James Snyder granted the State of Illinois’ (State) Motion to Dismiss 201 Illinois False Claims Act (FCA) cases filed by the law firm of Stephen B. Diamond, PC (Relator)...more

Discounting Alcoholic Beverages

Happy hours, daily drink specials, and promotions are popular incentives used by retail licensees to attract business, remain competitive, and satisfy their customers’ expectations. In implementing these practices, however,...more

A Signed Declaration Of Age Card Is Not The Only Defense To Prosecution For Selling Alcoholic Beverages To A Minor

The verification process of having purchasers complete a declaration of age card is overly burdensome on the licensee, especially at busy nightclubs, taverns, and restaurants. The licensee must weigh valid customer demands...more

Closing Time: Liquor License Considerations in Hospitality Transactions

In today’s increasingly competitive hospitality market, the closing timeframe of sophisticated hospitality transactions has become a significant point of negotiation between sellers and purchasers. One factor that frequently...more

Consumer Class Actions Against Liquor Producers Follow Familiar Path

Plaintiffs’ class action attorneys tend to follow trends. They are a savvy breed of attorney, at once creative and lazy (or efficient, depending on one’s perspective). One attorney discovers a statute, claim, or industry, and...more

Week in Review - January 2015

Committee deadlines for the 2015 session were established this week: - March 20, committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin; - March 27, committees must act favorably on bills, or companion...more

The Sober Truth of New Jersey’s BYOB Law and the Acquisition of a Liquor License

New Jersey became home to America’s first commercial distillery when, in 1780, an immigrant from Scotland established an Applejack production facility in what is now Colts Neck. Since that time, New Jerseyhas become the...more

Open-Carriers Pose a Threat to Restaurants with Liquor Licenses

Regardless of their personal stance on any hot-button social issue, most business owners do not want their place of business to be the focus of demonstrations on that issue – wisely so, because rarely does being the focus of...more

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Due Process Challenge to Liquor License Revocation

When a liquor licensee’s former manager is convicted of conspiring to violate the federal Money Laundering Act, can the licensee be summarily stripped of its liquor license, based upon the criminal trial transcript, a...more

So A Man Walks Out of a Bar . . . Applying the Liquor Liability Exclusion to a Drunken Pedestrian

In State Automobile Mutual Ins. Co. v. Lucchesi, ___ Fed. Appx. ___, 2014 WL 1395690 (3d Cir. Apr. 11, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld summary judgment for State Auto and concluded that a liquor...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Liquor Liability Exclusion Inapplicable to Dram Shop Case

In its recent decision in Mid-Continent Ins. Co. v. Coder, 2014 FED App. 0295N (6th Cir. Apr. 21, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, applying Ohio law, had occasion to consider the application of...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Appears Skeptical of Due Process Challenge to Liquor License Revocation

The Illinois Supreme Court appeared skeptical of a due process challenge to revocation of a liquor license during the recent oral argument in WISAM 1, d/b/a Sheridan Liquors v. Illinois Liquor Control Commission. ...more

Pennsylvania Tavern Games Licenses [Video]

At the end of 2013, Act 90 was passed into law. Act 90 allows certain liquor license holders to have tavern games in their establishment. If you currently have a Restaurant, Hotel, Privately Owned Public Golf Course, or...more

The "ABCs" Of California Booze Law

Do you want to be part of the booze business in California? Or do you already have a liquor license but are unclear on what you're allowed to do? We're here to help. Originally Published in Krost, Baumgarten, Kniss &...more

Recent Alcohol Liability Decision Focuses on Insurance Policy Terms

A December 16, 2013 federal appeals court decision on alcohol liability coverage provides an important reminder to industry members to carefully review the terms of their insurance policies....more

Exclusion Requested by First Named Insured and Contained in the Prior Policy Is Binding on All Named Insureds, Even Those Unaware...

In Berkhouse v. Great American Assurance Co., Case no. 13-0264, November 22, 2013, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals rejected the argument by an injured party in a third-party declaratory judgment suit that an...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Hear Due Process Challenge to Liquor License Revocation

Our previews of the latest additions to the Illinois Supreme Court's civil docket continue with WISAM 1, d/b/a Sheridan Liquors v. Illinois Liquor Control Commission, an unpublished decision from the Third District Appellate...more

Missouri Court Holds Liquor Liability Applicable to Underlying Suit

In its recent decision in Nautilus Ins. Co. v. Roberts, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50141 (E.D. Mo. Apr. 8, 2013), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri had occasion to consider the application of a...more

Liquor License Renewal 2013: Are You Ready?

All liquor licenses issued by the State of Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC), including all on premises, off premises, manufacturer, wholesaler, and importer licenses, are effective for periods of one year each, and...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 3-8-13

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House is a weekly update that provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. If you would like more specific information regarding an item in this newsletter...more

Stealth Lawyers: Steven Abt & Moiz Ali, Craft Spirits Curators [Video]

Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Steven Abt and Moiz Ali, founders of Caskers, talk with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about their transitions from practicing law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP,...more

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