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Wineries Uncork Lawsuit Over "Wholesaler Cartel"

Law360 (September 19, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A group of family-owned and operated wineries in Napa Valley, Calif. are drunk with anger at the state of Massachusetts for prohibiting residents from purchasing wine directly from the vineyards.

The group, Family Winemakers of California, filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against the state, alleging violations of interstate commerce and discrimination against out-of-state wineries.

“A wine war pits wine consumers—who want to purchase wine directly from wineries—against the $35 billion dollar wholesaler cartel who want all purchases to flow through them,” said Free the Grapes!,...
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