Weekly Digest | Final Compliance Workshop, Crowd-Funded Briefs, New IL and MI Regulations, ADA Compliance

November 15, 2018

In this week’s digest, we take a look at the upcoming 2018 Compliance Workshop in Monterey, a crowd-funded amicus brief for the Byrd vs. Tennessee Supreme Court case, the Illinois “of value” regulations, the state of Missouri’s appeal for the tied house law and advertising regulations, and how winery websites can become compliant with the ADA regulations.

2018 Compliance Workshop – Monterey

Wine Institute, Compli, and FedEx are hosting the final 2018 Compliance Workshop in Monterey on Wednesday, December 5th. Register now and join us for a day of education and collaboration. By working together to stay compliant, we can continue to pass favorable legislation and watch our industry thrive!

Wine Consumers To Fund Supreme Court Brief on Wine Shipping Case

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched by Wine Freedom and the National Association of Wine Retailers that gives consumers the opportunity to fund an amicus brief in the upcoming Byrd vs. Tennessee Supreme Court case. The hope is that the brief will be completely funded by consumers to argue that state-based anti-consumer bans on wine shipping are both unconstitutional and harmful to wine consumers.

Illinois Tied House-“Of Value” Regulations Will Be Final Soon

The “of value” regulations proposed by Illinois avoided objections by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and has smoothly passed. This new rule will become final once the agency officially adopts it.

Briefs Filed With 8th Circuit Urge Support of Missouri Tied House Law and Advertising Regulations

After the district court decision to knock down a Missouri tied house law and two alcohol advertising regulations, the State of Missouri filed a brief and addendum to appeal. The 72-page document argued that there were many errors in the district court opinion and urges reversal on all accounts.

Winery Websites Must Comply With The Americans With Disability Act, But How?

The recent lawsuit involving a visually impaired Brooklyn resident and fifteen New York Wineries has caused a stir among wineries nationwide. These wineries allegedly failed to comply with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) rules by not making their sites, wine clubs, location, and other typical winery website information readable by screen-reading software. Read on for more information on who needs to comply and who doesn’t.

Brewers Association Board Proposes New Craft Brewer Definition, Intends to Form Political Action Committee

The definition of “craft brewer,” according to the Brewer’s Association board of directors, may change. The board also has expressed a need for a political action committee for lobbying for a permanent federal excise tax cut. See how these changes affect the beer industry.

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