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Posts from the New York Category

Reporting Madness

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

Hello and happy holidays from the ShipCompliant team! We’ve been a little quiet as we prepare to help all of our winery and retailer partners prepare for the big storm of reports that come due in January. Wineries that ship to all of the possible states for direct shipping can owe over 500 reports each [...]

December 26th, 2007

Wrong, but Not Surprising: A Loss in Extending Granholm to Shipments by Retailers

By R. Corbin Houchins, Beverage Industry Counsel

The recent decision in Arnold’s Wines, Inc. v. Boyle, Docket No. 06 Civ. 3357 (Southern District of NY, Sept. 9, 2007), which upholds New York’s requirement that retailers be located within the state to sell and ship to New York residents, illustrates the difficulty of separating dictum from holding in the Granholm case. (See the [...]

October 5th, 2007

Free The Grapes! legislative update

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

Free the Grapes! recently provided an update on direct to consumer shipping legislation and litigation for 2007. As you can see below, many changes are likely to come this year. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Wine Institute provided the following summary of direct shipping legislation around the country. Alaska –House Bill 34 (Ledoux) would specifically allow in-state wineries [...]

March 19th, 2007

Terroir in Court

By R. Corbin Houchins, Beverage Industry Counsel

For the first time in post-Granholm legal maneuvering, a court has recognized the geographic distinctiveness of wine as a factor in applying the “level playing field” requirement. Kentucky is one of about eight states that responded to Granholm by authorizing only on-site sales. The argument by the wholesalers and their allies in favor of that [...]

October 2nd, 2006

A response to the Family Winemakers lawsuit

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

Doug Caskey, from the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, responded to our post about the lawsuit in Massachusetts with a lengthy comment. I wanted to republish it in a new post because it is well worth reading. At the risk of sounding like a traitor to the cause of wine, free trade and the American [...]

September 24th, 2006