Wal-Mart Sues Texas For 'Irrational' Booze Permit Ban

Law360, Los Angeles (February 12, 2015, 9:50 PM EST) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Thursday sued Texas' Alcoholic Beverage Commission in Texas federal court, alleging the state's refusal to allow publicly traded corporations to sell distilled spirits, and its exception for hotels, is "irrational" and unconstitutional.

The retailer's suit alleges that the statutes prohibiting a publicly traded corporation from obtaining a package store permit needed to sell distilled spirits violate its right under the 14th Amendment to equal protection under the law because there is no "rational or non-arbitrary" basis for the restriction.

Wal-Mart, which says it's the state's largest retailer of beer and wine, contends that the statutes' exemptions for...

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