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Supreme Court rules on out-of-state wine shipping case

The ruling:


An entertaining back-and-forth between Michigan and IJ follows.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Institute for Justice Responds to Michigan Liquor Control 
Date: 	Mon, 16 May 2005 16:29:19 -0400

ISSUED:  4:30 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:				CONTACT:	John E. Kramer or Lisa Knepper
May 16, 2005									(202) 955-1300

Institute for Justice Responds to
Michigan Liquor Control Commissioner’s Call
To Shut Down Wine Marketplace

Washington, D.C.—Rather than grow the in-state winery market and expand 
the economic pie as well as choice for consumers, Michigan Liquor 
Control Commissioner Nida Samona warned in the wake of her loss in the 
wine case decided today by the U.S. Supreme Court, that she would 
respond by asking state legislators to bar in-state wineries from direct 
shipping wine as well.  Samona said, “This would mean that all purchases 
have to be done on a face-to-face basis.”

The Institute for Justice, which represents those seeking to open up 
these markets, offered the following responses:

“This is a vile suggestion on their part and not very wise,” said Clint 
Bolick, the strategic litigation counsel for the Institute for Justice. 
  “A bureaucrat standing between consumers and their favorite wine in 
the wake of today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision is in a very hazardous 
spot.  Unfortunately, however, as Star Wars teaches us, the Empire 
always strikes back and Samona’s response only underscores that point. 
But you can’t keep freedom corked up.  In the end, we’re sure the 
economics of expanding the economic liberty of vintners and the choice 
of consumers will win the day.”

“This is simply sour grapes on the part of the State,” said Steve 
Simpson, senior attorney with the Institute for Justice.  “Without any 
genuine reflection or consideration of the potential benefits of this 
decision, their first response is to shut down the marketplace.  Today’s 
decision has legs and will transform state law to expand consumer choice 
and economic opportunity in wine and many other industries.”

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[NOTE:	To arrange interviews on this subject, journalists may call John 
Kramer, the Institute for Justice’s vice president for communications, 
at (202) 955-1300 or in the evening/weekend at (703) 527-8730.  For an 
on-line media kit on this case, visit 

Posted by Declan McCullagh on May 16, 2005 in category economics

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