The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down several Missouri alcohol beverage advertising laws citing the state’s failure to demonstrate the laws advanced the state’s interest (e.g. in promoting responsible consumption) and that the scope of the laws went beyond what was necessary to achieve that interest. As this decision is opposed to a Ninth Circuit ruling on a similar case, it is possible the U.S. Supreme Court could hear the case if appealed.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. 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's Articles