Texas Chain Spec's Saves Suit Over $713M Liquor Board Fine

Law360 (August 25, 2020, 8:31 PM EDT) -- Popular Texas liquor store chain Spec's convinced the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday a lower court wrongly blocked it from claiming the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission hid evidence from its own auditor and fabricated other evidence in connection with a proposed $713 million fine. 

Spec's Family Partners had filed suit after it beat back what the circuit court characterized as a "largely unsuccessful administrative action against it," in which the TABC sought to either revoke every one of the chain's 164 permits or collect $713 million in civil penalties for alleged violations of state laws and regulations.

Spec's alleged in its August...

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