Appeals Court Affirms Missouri Liquor Residency Ruling

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Miami-based liquor distributor Southern Wine & Spirits has lost its bid to overturn Missouri’s Prohibition-era residency requirement for alcohol wholesalers. The company initially sued the state’s Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control in 2011 after being denied a license to sell liquor at wholesale in Missouri based on the residency requirement. A judge ruled against Southern in May 2012, prompting an appeal. Major Brands opposed Southern’s effort to enter the Missouri market, and filed a brief in support of the state. Wednesday, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s ruling.

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