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    Posts from the Maryland Category

    Has the Price Posting Bunny Run Down?

    By R. Corbin Houchins, Beverage Industry Counsel

    For the fourth time in the same case, TFWS, Inc. v. Franchot, a federal Court of Appeals has told the state of Maryland and its wholesaler-package store cohort that their price posting system conflicts with the Sherman Act, the nation’s premier antitrust law. As a federal enactment, the Sherman Act preempts inconsistent state law, pursuant [...]

    July 21st, 2009

    Kill the Bill: Maryland and Direct Wine Shipping

    By Sarah Fine - ShipCompliant Research Team

    Maryland continues to be one of six states in which direct shipping is completely prohibited. In a previous post we reported that HB1260 and SB616 were favorable direct shipping bills in Maryland’s current legislative session. Both of these bills died in committee. If passed, they would have allowed permitted wineries and retailers to ship directly [...]

    March 19th, 2008

    Wine Distribution Notes – Release 26

    By Sarah Fine - ShipCompliant Research Team

    Release 26 of Notes on Wine Distribution by R. Corbin Houchins is now available for viewing. These notes are a great resource for keeping up to date with developing trends in direct shipping and direct distribution. As always, you can find the most recent version of these notes at the ShipCompliant Blog by clicking on [...]

    March 6th, 2008

    A call to action in Maryland

    By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

    Maryland is currently one of six states, including Utah, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Pennsylvania, where all direct shipping is prohibited for both offsite and onsite sales. In fact, shipping wine into Maryland today can result in a felony. But, that could all change soon. House Bill 1260 and its companion, Senate Bill 616, would establish [...]

    February 16th, 2008

    The broader effects of Costco

    By R. Corbin Houchins, Beverage Industry Counsel

    I. Discrimination against Direct Distribution from Outside the State There seems little doubt that Costco�s reading of Granholm will survive appeal. Nothing appeared in the Costco record to distinguish direct shipment of beer and wine to retailers from direct shipment of wine to consumers. Most states with wine industries allow local wineries some form of [...]

    May 1st, 2006