News from Kentucky

The headline said, “State drops out of wine suit: Small operators can ship directly,” but the reported change in direct shipment rights occurred in December of last year. What’s new is that the state has abandoned its appeal, leaving the wholesaler trade association to continue alone in attempting to persuade the Court of Appeals to reverse the pro-commerce part of the Huber/Cherry Hill ruling. (The ruling is not entirely favorable; see the current revision of Wine Distribution Notes for details.) The practical effect is that whatever chance the wholesalers may have had to get a stay from the Court of Appeals, to render the lower court decision ineffective during the appeal, is vastly reduced by the acquiescence of the state in the December judgment.

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