Diageo Takes Tennessee Conflict to Courts
It seems Diageo is not as happy with the Tennessee legislature's decision to table the whiskey bill as they initially purported to be (see WSD 03-25-2014 ). On Friday, Diageo filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), specifically director Keith Bell. In the complaint, the company revealed that its biggest problem with Tennessee laws is that the state prohibits all spirits manufacturers from storing their spirits anywhere besides the Tennessee county in which they were made or an adjacent county. Diageo argues that law violates the Commerce Clause.
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