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Posts from the Michigan Category

Michigan Direct-To-Consumer Rules Clarified

By Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute

Many questions have resulted from a new law prohibiting wine retailers from shipping to consumers in Michigan that recently went into effect. The new law specifically bans common carriers (FedEx and UPS) from delivering retailer wine shipments to Michigan consumers. This law does not affect the existing regulations for wineries shipping to consumers under the [...]

January 28th, 2009

Michigan Levels Down on Wine Retailers

By Jane Hwang - ShipCompliant Research Team

In just five legislative days, Michigan House Bill 6644 was introduced, edited, voted upon, and enrolled. In a disappointing turn of events, the Michigan Senate passed HB 6644, with substitutions, by a count of 36 Yeas and just 2 Nays on December 18, 2008. The bill then returned to the House for a final vote [...]

January 13th, 2009

Hope Rests in Senate as Michigan House Passes Ban on Retail to Consumer Direct Shipments

By Jane Hwang - ShipCompliant Research Team

Michigan House Bill 6644 passed with 97 Yeas and 9 Nays on December 4, 2008. If passed by the Senate, HB 6644 would ban all retailers, in-state and out-of-state, from direct shipping wine to Michigan residents. In the last days of Michigan’s current legislative session, expected to adjourn soon, the failure or passage of this [...]

December 11th, 2008

Hold the Toasts in Michigan

By R. Corbin Houchins, Beverage Industry Counsel

On October 6th, 2008, the judgment in Siesta Village Markets LLC v. Granholm was stayed by agreement of the parties, to give the state time to appeal and, if the appeal is taken, to leave the current law in force for the duration of the appellate process. It seems almost certain the defendants will appeal. [...]

October 13th, 2008

Granholm, the Sequel

By R. Corbin Houchins, Beverage Industry Counsel

On September 30, 2008, a federal district court ordered Michigan to give out-of-state retailers access to Michigan consumers to whom local retailers could sell wine. The reasoning in Siesta Village Market LLC v. Granholm closely parallels that of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Granholm v. Heald, in effect rendering Governor Jennifer Granholm a serial violator [...]

October 1st, 2008