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Posts from the Massachusetts Category

Will Massachusetts Lawmakers Finally Act?

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

In January of 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the District Court in the case of Family Winemakers of California v. Jenkins. This ruling struck down the 30,000 gallon capacity cap, which excluded 98% of domestic wines from shipment to Massachusetts. Although this represented a big [...]

November 11th, 2013

2013 Wine Compliance Legislative Updates and a Virtual Seminar Invitation

By Jessamyn Boltz - ShipCompliant Research Team

You may remember reading our posts highlighting what to look for in the legislative season back at the beginning of 2013. Now that many legislative sessions are starting to come to a close, here is a quick check-in on this year’s legislative changes, all of which will be addressed in detail at the ShipCompliant Direct [...]

September 30th, 2013

Is the Marketplace Fairness Act Fair for Wineries?

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

In short, yes, for a couple of reasons: 1. Wineries already pay sales tax in most states 2. The vast majority of wineries will likely be exempt from the law So what is it, exactly? Senate Bill S. 743, more commonly known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act“, is a pretty simple bill that would give [...]

May 7th, 2013

What to Look for in Wine Compliance in the Coming Year

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

As we like to do at the beginning of each year, we once again look into our crystal ball and offer you some informed prognostications as to what the world of wine direct shipping might have in store for the coming year. While we don’t see any negative trends impacting the compliance world in the [...]

January 22nd, 2013

Maryland Direct Wine Shipment Report will be Important in Other States

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

Since 2005 when the Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court decision opened the floodgates for direct wine shipping legislation, questions about whether direct shipping would harm local businesses, would hurt tax revenue and would lead to a significant increase in minors accessing alcohol have been posed. It has been rare that these and other questions are [...]

January 14th, 2013