Supreme Court Knocks Down State Protectionist Laws On Online Wine Ordering

from the drink-up! dept

If you’re living in New York, Michigan or any other state with laws on the books preventing you from ordering wine online, it’s time to log on and order a bottle of your favorite wine, as the Supreme Court has shot down those protectionist laws. It’s about time. This case has been going on forever. Other, similar cases include the blocking of online ordering of contact lenses and other products — but it seems like those laws should also be struck down following this ruling. Update: Excellent clarifications in the comments, pointing out that this ruling still allows states to ban all shipments of wine by mail. The only thing the ruling bans is if a state allows shipments within the state, but not from outside the state.

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Tom (user link) says:

Direct Wine Shipments

The case is not so simple. Wineries everywhere cannot now start shipping. The ruling held only that it is unconstitutional for a state to allow it’s own wineries to ship to its residents while disallowing out of state wineries to ship to their residents.

States must now decide if they will allow all wine shipments or none at all. In other words, the issue goes back to the state legislators. This is bad news if you are a wine lover.

The Wholesalers, led by the Wine & Spirt Wholesalers Association, have spent millions of dollars tryng to convince legislators that buyng wine online will lead to a nation of drunk minors. This ridiculous argument alone is probably not enough to convince legislators to enact anti direct shipping legislation. However the hundreds of campaign contributions given out by the wholesalers may be.

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