Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Updates: IL, LA and MA

Illinois On Aug. 26, 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (“SB 2989”) into law that establishes strict penalties for direct wine shipping violations and imposes new reporting requirements on common carriers and fulfillment houses related to direct wine shipping. Under the new law, the holder of an IL Wine Shipper license will be required […]

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Massachusetts Updates DTC Application

The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) has updated the Application For A Direct Wine Shipper License. Changes to the application consist of updates to Sections 1 (Applicant Information) and Section 7 (Existing Interests in Other Licenses), and the removal of Section 9 (Previously Held Interests in Other Licenses). Wineries that have not yet applied […]

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FedEx to Begin Direct-to-Consumer Shipping to Massachusetts on Feb. 1, 2015

FedEx has informed Wine Institute that, effective Feb. 1, 2015, FedEx Express and FedEx Ground will open the state of Massachusetts for legal shipments of alcoholic beverages. •FedEx Ground and FedEx Express will both transport legal alcoholic beverage shipments into, out of and within the state of Massachusetts starting Feb. 1, 2015. •Please note, unauthorized […]

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New MA Direct Shipping Application Available

The new Direct Wine Shipper License application and Direct Wine Shipper License Advisory for Massachusetts are now available on Wine Institute’s website: http://wineinstitute.shipcompliant.com/Home.aspx?SaleTypeID=1 (click on MA on map) and the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) website: http://www.mass.gov/abcc/. The new permit law replaces the existing unworkable direct shipping law in its entirety. Under the new […]

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Massachusetts Reconciles Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Law: Discrimination and Aggregate Quantity Limit Removed

Today, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the state’s budget conference report that includes Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) wine shipping language, opening the door to DTC shipping in the state next year. The move brings to a close years of effort by Wine Institute and Free the Grapes to reconcile the state’s DTC shipping statutes with court rulings […]

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Massachusetts Direct Shipping Proposal on Governor’s Desk

On June 30th, the Massachusetts House and Senate both approved the budget conference report that includes Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) shipping language. The budget is now on the Governor’s desk, and he will have 10 days to sign it into law. This action will bring to a close years of effort to reconcile the state’s DTC shipping […]

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Direct Shipping to Massachusetts Consumers

On 1/14/10 the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled in favor the plaintiff in the Massachusetts FWC v. Jenkins litigation. The ruling affirmed the lower court’s order that struck down the capacity caps and wholesaler exclusions which are included in the Massachusetts direct-to-consumer shipping statute and prevented over half of the wineries in […]

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Massachusetts Direct Shipping Update

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will not appeal a January Federal Appeals Court decision upholding an earlier District Court decision which overturned the 2005 direct shipping law. In January, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the 2008 district court ruling that found that the state law governing direct-to-consumer shipments by wineries was unconstitutional.  […]

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Circuit Court Rules that Massachusett’s Wine Shipping Law Is Discriminatory

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston this week ruled in favor of the winery plaintiffs in Family Winemakers of California (FWC) v. Jenkins, the Massachusetts Direct-to-Consumer Shipping case. Wine Institute coordinated and filed an amicus brief in this case last summer, authored by Harvard Law School professor Bruce Hay. The Institute also provided […]

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Massachusetts Appeals Court Hears Wine Shipping Capacity Cap Argument

On Nov. 2, 2009, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston heard Tracy Genesen, legal director for the Coalition for Free Trade, present the winery side of the argument in the FWC v. Jenkins lawsuit being appealed by the state. Massachusetts wine consumers were previously the winners in a Nov. 19, 2008 court ruling […]

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