Trade Groups Square Off in NY Retailer Suit

Earlier this spring, WSD reported that the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) had begun ramping up enforcement tactics in order to crack down on alleged illegal activity by alcohol industry members [see WSD 04-07-2014 ]. However, the issue didn't really come to a head until last month when Albany-based retailer Empire Wine filed a lawsuit against the agency after being notified it was in violation of the state's alcohol regulation laws for shipping wine to states that prohibit direct-to-consumer sales [see WSD 09-23-2014 ]. As a result, trade organizations representing both sides of the issue have commenced mudslinging in what could potentially be a big case for the industry.

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