A North Carolina (NC) federal judge recently ruled a NC Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Commission regulation as an unconstitutional restriction on free speech. The regulation’s challenge occurred after the ABC Commission denied Flying Dog Brewery’s request for label approval on the basis the proposed label was in “bad taste” and “inappropriate.”[1]

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Most of us are keenly aware of the ongoing fallout from the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine. As the conflict continues, the U.S. government has taken action to support Ukraine, while at the same time, punishing the Russia Federation for its violation of international law and norms. Consistent with this strategy, on March 11, President

As we previously reported, Executive Order 14036 (E.O. 14036) required the Treasury secretary, who oversees the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), to issue a report to the White House Competition Council (the Council) chair, assessing the current market structure and conditions of competition in the U.S. alcohol market.

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We recently posted that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued warnings to a large number of companies in various industries about “unfair” or “deceptive” trade practices related to third-party endorsements. Some of the businesses that received those warnings included alcoholic beverage companies. FTC’s warnings raise the broader question of what is acceptable when it comes

The alcoholic beverage industry is known for its ability to create new, innovative beverages that do not always fit neatly into the traditional categories of beer, wine, and spirits. Hard seltzer is one example of a new, innovative beverage that has gained significant popularity in recent years. From a regulatory compliance perspective, it is challenging

President Biden recently issued Executive Order 14036 (E.O. 14036) to create the White House Competition Council (Council), which “shall coordinate, promote, and advance Federal Government efforts to address overconcentration, monopolization, and unfair competition in or directly affecting the American economy.” 86 Fed. Reg. 36987, 36990 (July 14, 2021).

E.O. 14036, among other things, requires

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