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Posts from the Tennessee Category

Tennessee keeps the ball rolling on direct shipping

By Jane Hwang - ShipCompliant Research Team

Governor Phil Bredesen signed Senate Bill 166 into law today. With the passage of the bill, Tennessee will legally open its doors to winery direct shipping on July 1, 2009. Tennessee prohibited direct shipments from out-of-state wineries long before the landmark Granholm case. Even onsite shipments of wine were disallowed when the Attorney General issued [...]

June 5th, 2009

Wine Freedom in the South? Tennessee Direct Shipping Bill Passes the Senate

By Jane Hwang - ShipCompliant Research Team

Tennessee, one of 13 states that still bans direct-to-consumer shipping, took steps towards ending that association on April 13, 2009 when the Senate-approved Senate Bill 166, which allows direct shipments of wine. Currently, anyone who transports wine into Tennessee by bypassing the three-tier system is committing a felony (see Section 57-3-401.b of the Tennessee Code) [...]

April 27th, 2009

Tennessee’s AG Rules Consumers May Not Bring Wine into Tennessee, Federal On-Site Provision No Longer Applies

By Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute

On February 24th, 2009, Tennessee’s Attorney General issued Opinion No. 09-15, which concluded that consumers may not legally carry any amount of wine on their person into Tennessee. This ruling, prohibiting consumers from carrying wine into Tennessee, means that the federal on-site provision does not apply to consumers in Tennessee. Wineries are therefore prohibited from [...]

February 27th, 2009

Appeals Court Calls for More Facts in Challenge to Tennessee On-site Law

By R. Corbin Houchins, Beverage Industry Counsel

The October 24th decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Jelovsek v. Bredesen has been widely reported as upholding face-to-face on-site purchase requirements for winery sales to consumers. There is, however, an interesting disconnect between what the district court said when it dismissed the complaint and what the appellate court said in partly [...]

October 27th, 2008

An Accident On The Way To Court

By R. Corbin Houchins, Beverage Industry Counsel

The February 26, 2008 decision by an Arizona federal district court in Black Star Farms LLC v. Oliver supports an in-person purchase requirement, one of the principal legislative attacks on the level-field principle enunciated in Granholm. In-person purchase as a precondition to direct shipment solves a fundamental political problem for the middle tier. Although Granholm [...]

March 25th, 2008