Distributor Challenge to Indiana Law Fails

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Indiana distributor Monarch Beverage Co. previously filed suit in U.S. District Court challenging state law that prohibits beer wholesalers from holding a permit to wholesale liquor. Currently, wine wholesalers have the ability to also distribute beer and liquor. Monarch claimed that the prohibition is an arbitrary restraint that serves no legitimate state interest. Now, a District Court judge has ruled against Monarch’s claim, essentially holding that Indiana’s alcohol distribution laws do not violate equal protection requirements and that the distributor failed to prove it was being treated differently than other Indiana beer distributors.