States Get Argument Time In Supreme Court Liquor Law Case

Law360 (January 4, 2019, 6:50 PM EST) -- Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia can participate as amici during oral arguments in an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case dealing with residency requirements for out-of-state liquor retailers, the court ruled Friday.

The Illinois attorney general's office will have 10 minutes to address the court on behalf of the states, which will argue that the 21st Amendment and the dormant commerce clause empower them to regulate alcohol sales within their borders. This duty is critical to preventing "criminal elements" in the alcohol market and maintaining necessary local control, the states said in a November brief.

"For the past 85 years, states have...

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