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...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!