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.


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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