Southern Loses Appeal in Missouri Residency Case

This just in. The 8th Circuit has upheld a lower court decision (see WSD 05-30-2012) that threw out Southern Wine and Spirits' attempt to overthrow Missouri's residency requirement. The 8th Circuit dismissed Southern's Commerce Clause and Equal Protection challenges to Missouri law, agreeing with Missouri district judge Nanette Laughrey and the 2nd, 4th and 5th Circuits that Granholm v. Heald only applies to alcohol producers.

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