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Pa. Supreme Court upholds ruling that the PLCB illegally restricted wine shipping

March 26, 2021

The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Harold Brubaker

Pa. Supreme Court agrees that PLCB did ‘self-govern’ wine distribution to retailers and restaurants.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower-court ruling that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has been violating a 2016 law by prohibiting wine dealers from shipping wines directly to retailers and restaurants that sell wine for take out.

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Last April, MFW and another wine dealer, A6 Wine, represented by John G. Papianou and other lawyers at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, asked Commonwealth Court for emergency relief that would force the liquor control board to “implement a procedure for direct delivery of wine,” as required by the 2016 law that also allowed supermarkets to start selling wine.

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