Federal Appeals Court Upholds Missouri Liquor Laws

5 years 3 weeks 2 days ago Thursday, September 26 2013 Sep 26, 2013 Thursday, September 26, 2013 1:16:00 PM CDT September 26, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a Missouri law from the Prohibition era that requires state residency for alcohol wholesalers.

KWMU-FM reports that the St. Louis-based Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a legal challenge by Southern Wine & Spirits of Miami.

Missouri has a three-tiered alcohol distribution system in which producers engage a distributor that provides alcohol to retailers. The appeals court upheld an earlier ruling by the U.S. District Court in Jefferson City.

Alcohol companies tried unsuccessfully in the most recent legislative session to revise the state's alcohol distribution system in a heavily financed lobbying effort dubbed by some in Jefferson City as the "liquor wars."

 

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