Ninth Circuit Court Affirms Constitutionality of California Tied House Law

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has rendered a decision affirming a previous District Court ruling in the Retail Digital Network (RDN) case that found a specific section of California tied house law prohibiting third-party businesses from providing advertising paid for by suppliers or distributors to retailers to be constitutional. RDN’s case was a challenge of California tied-house laws based on an alleged violation of First Amendment free speech rights, while those disputing RDN’s case, including the California Craft Brewers Association, cited economic regulation rather than free speech as the basis of the existing tied-house statutes.

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