Wal-Mart Suit Over Texas Liquor Permit Ban Moves Forward

By Alex Wolf (July 24, 2015, 9:28 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge refused Friday to dismiss Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s claims that a state ban on publicly traded companies selling distilled liquors violates parts of the Constitution, saying the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission failed to adequately justify the rule, but tossed a claim unavailable to corporations.

In his ruling U.S. District Judge Robert L. Pitman said TABC has not fully explained why a rule that restricts Wal-Mart and other public companies from selling liquor in Texas doesn't violate the Constitution's Commerce Clause or Equal Protection Clause and that it's too early in the case for Wal-Mart's entire suit to be...

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