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Liquor Board Must Allow for Direct Sales of Specialty Wines, Court Rules

May 1, 2020

The Legal Intelligencer
By Max Mitchell

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board must allow for direct deliveries of specialty wines, a judge has ruled following the Commonwealth Court’s first hearing livestreamed online.

Commonwealth Court Judge P. Kevin Brobson ruled Friday in MFW Wine v. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board that the agency failed to properly implement changes to the liquor code that allowed specialty wine sellers to distribute products directly to customers, rather than routing them first through the liquor board’s facilities.

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PLCB attorney Robert McAteer and Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads attorney John Papianou, who represented the plaintiffs, each did not return a call seeking comment.

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