The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued its opinion in Lebamoff v. Rauner, involving a challenge to Illinois prohibitions of direct-to-consumer wine shipments by out-of-state retailers, finding that such prohibitions are discriminatory. Like another case in Michigan (see October update), this case will ultimately hinge on the outcome of the Tennessee retailer residency requirement case (see October update) now pending before the Supreme Court.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.See Pete Johnson's Articles