Supreme Court rules states can't block direct interstate wine shipments

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled Monday that states may not pass laws banning out-of-state wineries from shipping wine directly to customers in state. The ruling strikes down New York and Michigan laws [state shipping laws from Wine Institute] prohibiting direct shipment to customers from winerys in other states and affects 24 other states with similar wine shipping bans. In the 5-4 decision the court called the bans discriminatory and anti-competitive because the New York and Michigan laws allowed in-state wineries to ship directly to customers but did not allow the same for out-of-state wineries. Read the opinion [PDF]. AP has more.

 

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