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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Law - More on: Federal judge strikes down Kentucky law prohibiting wine shipments

Updating this ILB entry from August 22nd, Robert Schoenberger of the Louisville Courier Journal reports today that:

Kentucky is appealing a federal court decision allowing small wineries in and out of the state to ship to Kentucky customers who order over the telephone from catalogs or from the Internet.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson of Louisville struck down a requirement that customers buy the wine in person at the winery, saying it treated Kentucky wineries more favorably than out-of-state ones. * * *

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the Huber Winery of Southern Indiana. Dana Huber, spokeswoman for the winery, said despite last month's ruling, Huber's has not been taking orders from Kentuckians because it knew an appeal was likely.

"We knew we could not ship in Kentucky until that grace period (for filing appeals) had passed," Huber said. The winery will study the state's appeal before deciding its next move, she said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 20, 2006 07:19 AM
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