Wine Consumers and the Supreme Court
Tennessee Wine v. THOMAS
On June 26, 2019 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Tennessee Wine v. Thomas. Though not a case with consumer wine shipping directly at issue, the ruling had a critical impact on wine consumers.
Since the 2005 Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court ruling, states were barred from passing discriminatory laws against out-of-state wineries. States could not discriminate against out-of-state wineries, the Court said, by allowing their own in-state wineries to ship wine directly to consumers in their state but bar out-of-state wineries from shipping to those same consumers.
That changed with the Tennessee Wine v. Thomas Supreme Court ruling.
Wine Freedom and its followers helped bring this decision to fruition. Wine Freedom submitted a “Friend of the Court” Amicus Brief in the Tennessee Wine case arguing that the court should do exactly what it did.
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