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'Virtual Beer Pitcher' Pits Casino Against State Liquor Laws

'Virtual Beer Pitcher' Pits Casino Against State Liquor Laws

The MGM Grand in Detroit is in a legal scuffle with Michigan and its laws against alcohol vending machines

Really, the idea behind the virtual beer pitcher at the MGM Grand Detroit is kind of genius: it's a beer pitcher that ensures a fresh, cold one, thanks to technology that lets you buy a full pitcher of beer but only pours out a pre-determined amount from a tap at a time. That way, you avoid that warm, flat beer at the very bottom of the pitcher. Sounds good, right? Except the state of Michigan is fighting back at the casino.

The state says that the beer pitchers are problematic because of alcohol vending machine laws, according to a filed complaint, reports the Consumerist. On the other side, MGM Grand argues that because only the casino can switch the pitcher on and off, it shouldn't qualify as a vending machine. (After alll, it's not like the pitcher just dispenses beer whenever.)

MGM Grand says that the definition is vague, and has sent two letters asking for a declaratory judgment saying the pitchers are not a vending machine, plus monetary damages. We'll see how this one plays out for the MGM Grand — after all, we're for anything that fights against warm, flat beer.

Alcohol advertising

Alcohol advertising is the promotion of alcoholic beverages by alcohol producers through a variety of media. Along with tobacco advertising, alcohol advertising is one of the most highly regulated forms of marketing. Some or all forms of alcohol advertising are banned in some countries. There have been some important studies about alcohol advertising published, such as J.P. Nelson's in 2000. [1]

Is It Legal to Mail Alcohol?

There isn’t a universal answer to this question, as it depends on the laws and regulations in each state, city, and county that both the seller and buyer are located in.

Why is that? When Prohibition ended with the 21st Amendment, it gave states the power to regulate and set their own laws on the sale of alcoholic beverages in their states.

There are some universal rules for shipping alcohol that include:

  • Alerting the carrier that a shipment contains alcohol
  • Paying a special alcohol package fee
  • An adult that is 21 or older must sign for the package

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Alcohol Free Beer Market to Eyewitness Massive Growth by 2026 : Carlsberg, Heineken, Molson-Coors

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Winds continue across the state Tuesday

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Tuesday, the Senate approved House Bill 255 which would allow retailers like grocery stores and restaurants to deliver alcohol to your home. It would also create a new category of restaurant liquor licenses that modifies beer and wine licenses to include spirits, making it easier for restaurants to serve liquor. The bill was amended eight times. “It is the second-most amended bill I can recall,” said Rep. Maestas.

The latest version of the bill bans the sale of mini liquor bottles for off-site consumption statewide. For example, you could drink one while out on the golf course, but you could not buy one at a gas station. Lawmakers axed their earlier plan to impose a 2% tax on retail sales. Another major change is alcohol sales could start before 11 a.m. on Sundays.

One amendment by Sen. George Munoz bans the sale of hard liquor at convenience stores just in McKinley County. “If you are a convenient store with a retail license, you can only serve beer,” Munoz said. “This will help the problem in McKinley tremendously.”

Some critics of that amendment said it may just drive residents to other counties to get booze. Others questioned if it is targeting Native Americans. “To me, there is almost a racial element,” Sen. Mark Moores said. “It is almost saying a certain cultural population cannot handle their liquor so we have to ban them from buying this liquor.”

That amendment ended up passing too. Maestas and Munoz said McKinley County has more liquor licenses per capita than New York City. “McKinley ended up with a large disproportionate amount of liquor stores and licenses so we are trying to use market incentives to move some licenses out of McKinley County,” Maestas said.

Those who voted against the final bill said that their constituents, who are liquor license holders, are worried about their licenses losing value. Maestas said all existing licenses will remain intact and can be sold, leased, or transferred. If the governor signs the bill, it will become law on July 1.

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License Transfers

Can a license be transferred from one person to another person without making an application to ABC?

No. An application signed by both the present licensee and the transferee must be filed with ABC. ABC then proceeds as it would on a new application and may deny the transfer if the transferee-applicant is not qualified for a license. If such transfer also involves a change of the premises, ABC’s approval of the new premises is required. (Sections 24070 and 24073)

Does the filing of the application for transfer accomplish the transfer of the license?

No. Neither the transferor nor the transferee should assume that the license will be transferred on a particular date, or at all, merely because the application has been filed. ABC may deny the application, or protests or accusations may be filed which may result in delay or denial of the transfer.

ABC is not required to investigate the personal qualifications or premises of a currently licensed person when a license is being transferred between partners and no new partner is being licensed. (Sections 23958, 23958.2, 24013 and 24070)

How long does it normally take for the issuance or transfer of a license?

Most investigations take approximately 55-65 days, and by law the license cannot be issued for a minimum of 30 days. Circumstances often result in a longer waiting period therefore, before final approval and issuance of a license, applicants are cautioned regarding extensive financial commitments, plans for grand openings, etc.
If new construction or considerable remodeling is necessary, the applicant should seek prior approval under Section 24044 before beginning any actual work.

Pending transfer of the license, may the intended transferee operate the licensed business?

The transferee may operate the licensed premises during the transfer period if a 120-day permit has been obtained. To qualify for this temporary permit, the premises must be currently licensed and have been operating within the past 30 days prior to application.

When the lease on the licensed premises is terminated and the premises must be vacated, what is required of the licensee?

A licensee must surrender his/her license to ABC within 15 days. During the maximum one year surrender period the licensee may transfer the license to other locations or transfer the license to other persons. All renewal fees must be paid during the surrender period. (Sections 23053.5, 23320, 24072, 24072.1, Rules 60 and 65)

What steps are required for the issuance or transfer of an alcoholic beverage license?

A person who wants to apply for an ABC license must start with the nearest ABC District Office. An ABC staff member will ask the applicant questions about the proposed operation and determine the type of license needed. The staff member will then advise the applicant what forms and fees are needed to file the application. Some applicants, before filing an application with ABC, must first obtain approval from zoning officials, open an escrow, or go to the office of the County Recorder for a certified copy of a Notice of Intended Transfer.

Generally, all parties must appear at the District Office. This is not generally a “mail-in” process because ABC requires personal information such as personal history affidavits. Fees are paid at this time. The applicant also views a video about ABC laws. A temporary permit may be issued under certain conditions.

Does ABC notify local officials of the license application?

Yes. ABC mails a copy of the application to local officials as required by law. If the premises is in the city, a copy goes to the police department, city council and city planning department. If the premises is in the county, a copy goes to the sheriff’s department, board of supervisors and district attorney. If local officials have concerns about the issuance of a license, they may request or impose restrictions on the business operation, or they may file a protest. (Section 23987)

Common concerns are that the license:

  1. Would create a public nuisance
  2. Would cause or add to crime in the area
  3. Would be contrary to a zoning law
  4. Is in a high-crime area or an area that has too many licenses and would not serve public convenience or necessity

In the case of number 4, the City Council or Board of Supervisors has 90 days to determine this and notify ABC. If the City Council or Board of Supervisors does not decide within 90 days, ABC may issue the license if the applicant shows ABC that issuance would serve public convenience or necessity.

Does ABC conduct an investigation of license applications?

Yes. ABC conducts a thorough investigation, as required by law, to see if the applicant and the premises qualify for a license. (Section 23958)

What are the responsibilities of a license applicant?

It is the applicant’s responsibility to:

  • Post the Public Notice of Application at the premises for 30 days, and
  • Give information to ABC as needed for the investigation

In some cases, ABC may also require the applicant to:

  • Publish a notice in the newspaper
  • Mail a notice to all persons living within a 500′ radius of the premises, and/or
  • Obtain proof from the local planning department that the zoning permits an ABC license.

(Sections 23985, 23958, 23986, 23985.5 and 23790)

In case of death or incompetency to act as a sole licensee, who may exercise the privileges of the license?

The privileges of the license may be exercised by any person acting on behalf of the deceased or incompetent licensee or the estate for a specified period or until an administrator, executor, etc., is appointed. (Section 23102)

Does the law prohibit pledging the transfer of a license as security for a loan or as security for the fulfillment of any agreement?

Yes. The law prohibits a licensee from pledging the license as security for a loan or as security for the fulfillment of any agreement. In their transfer application both transferor and transferee must state under oath that the transfer is not being made (a) to satisfy the payment of a loan or to fulfill an agreement entered into more than 90 days before the transfer application is filed, (b) to gain or establish a preference to or for any creditor of the transferor, except as permitted by Section 24074, (c) to defraud or injure any creditor of the transferor. (Section 24076)

How long can the licensed premises be closed before the licensee must surrender possession of the license?

When licensed premises are closed, or the exercise of the privileges of the license is discontinued for any reason for a period of 15 consecutive days, the license must be surrendered to ABC. The license may be reactivated upon request of the licensee made at least 10 days in advance. (Rule 65)

May an applicant have some assurance of the issuance of a license before construction of the premises to be licensed is begun or completed?

ABC may approve an application for premises under construction. A retail license may be transferred or issued by ABC to premises which are under construction and the transferor has closed his business or surrendered his license. No alcoholic beverages shall be sold until the premises are completed. Actual delivery of the license is withheld until ABC is satisfied that all conditions set forth in the law and rules are met. (Section 24044 and Rule 64)

Four New Lawsuits Filed in Federal District Courts to Curb Illegal Wine Shipments into Michigan

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May 7, 2021 - The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) today confirmed that lawsuits have been filed in the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan federal court against companies in West Virginia, California, Oregon and New York, that continue to defy state liquor laws by illegally shipping alcohol directly to consumers.

"These lawsuits filed by Attorney General Dana Nessel on behalf of the Commission serve as an important deterrent against other companies violating the state's liquor laws and jeopardizing the health, safety, and welfare of Michiganders," said MLCC Chair Pat Gagliardi. "The Commission will continue its vigorous enforcement efforts to combat the illegal direct shipping of alcohol into this state, and to send a strong message that if you wish to sell alcohol legally here, get licensed."

These companies refused to follow the law. Despite receiving letters demanding that they cease and desist importing alcohol into Michigan, they continued to ship to Michigan customers, violating both the Michigan Liquor Control Code and the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.

The lawsuits seek an injunction based on the Twenty-First Amendment Enforcement Act, a federal statute that allows state attorneys general to take action to enforce their state's liquor laws in federal court. Typically, Michigan law requires beer and wine to be channeled through MLCC-licensed wholesale entities for distribution to retail locations. In limited instances, a manufacturer may ship wine directly to consumers, but only if it is licensed to do so.

Each year, unlicensed companies skirt state laws and import thousands of bottles of wine into Michigan illegally. The effects of this illegal importation are significant: minors can easily obtain alcoholic liquor, state officials have no effective means to ensure that the imported products are safe, and Michiganders lose out on millions in tax revenue to provide vital services.

The MLCC's Enforcement Division along with the Attorney General's office, have thwarted hundreds of entities' efforts to violate state liquor license laws. Most shippers stopped their illegal activity after hearing from Nessel's office, either by ceasing shipments to Michigan or by obtaining the necessary liquor license from the MLCC.

The complaints also allege in the federal filings that each defendant is violating Michigan's Consumer Protection Act by misleading Michigan consumers to think that the companies' activities are legal. Violations of the Consumer Protection Act are punishable by fines of up to $25,000 per violation.

Earlier this year, Nessel secured significant fines and permanent injunctions against two companies that had been illegally shipping alcoholic liquor to Michigan consumers. Judges in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan entered consent judgments against Vintner's Collective, LLC, and Go to Gifts, Inc.

It is the mission of MLCC to make alcoholic beverages available for consumption while protecting the consumer and the general public through regulation of those involved in the importation, sale, consumption, distribution, and delivery of these alcohol beverage products.

S Carolina quirky liquor laws give sour grapes to wine giant

South Bend Winery owner Larry Cozine testifies about a bill allowing wine giant E & J Gallo Winery to open wine tasting rooms as part of building a new $400 million bottling plant and distribution center in South Carolina on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. Cozine recently opened his winery in Greenwood, South Carolina. Jeffrey Collins/AP

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) &mdash The biggest winemaker in the U.S. wants to open an East Coast bottling and distribution center in South Carolina, investing $400 million and hiring up to 500 people. But its request for open tasting rooms where the public can sample wines has some lawmakers and small businesses crying sour grapes.

E & J Gallo Winery's call for tasting rooms in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars is seen as a prized catch for Chester County, one of the poorest areas of South Carolina. The California winemaker even likens its plan to the at first modest mid-1990s investment by BMW in South Carolina &mdash now one of the state&rsquos biggest manufacturing success stories with 11,000 employees.

But the public tasting rooms request has caused the measure to grind slowly through the Legislature in a state where quirky alcohol laws protect small retailers, harkening back to the days of saloons and booze only in private clubs and bartenders making drinks with minibottles typically found on airplanes..

A bill allowing the tasting rooms passed barely before a deadline earlier this month, and a House subcommittee gave its OK on Thursday, a critical step with just nine legislative days remaining in the 2021 session.

Gallo picked South Carolina over Georgia and North Carolina for its East Coast operations, a strategic move to cut costs since nearly two-thirds of its customers live east of the Mississippi River, said Ron Donoho, a vice president for the winemaker.

He said the upscale rooms likely would be in tourist areas and allow a group of 10 or so people to gather for about an hour and taste a number of different wines in thimble-full amounts. After the tasting, each person could buy up to six bottles of wine.

&ldquoMany consumers will worry about making the wrong choice so we&rsquove learned over time that those satellite tasting rooms and that consumer experience and building brand engagement with consumers is really essential to building your business," Donoho said.

But the tasting rooms are where the state's liquor laws enter the debate. Liquor stores in the state can't buy their product directly, but must instead go through wholesalers. There are 1,000 liquor stores in the state, but any one person or corporation can't own more than six and in many cases are limited to just three different locations.

In 1892, South Carolina nearly approved prohibition, but instead gave the state a monopoly on the liquor business. Corruption followed, but the state remained slow in changing its laws. There are no true bars, just private clubs. Public places that sell liquor must also have a restaurant operation.

Until 1973, people brought their own liquor to have a mixed drink with a meal. For the next three decades, drinks could only be made using a full minibottle of each liquor, like the ones served on airplanes. One Long Island Ice Tea in those days took four full minibottles and was 24 ounces (700 milliliters).

&ldquoSouth Carolina has such a piecemeal system for alcohol developed through the years and there are a lot of people who are protective of their interests,&rdquo said Rep. Micah Caskey, a Republican from West Columbia.

You may be seeing more of her on screen soon

Now that some of Erin Murphy's sons are fully grown and the others are no longer small children, it may just be time for her to get back to her passion for acting. She was part of a 2017 short called I Might Be Famous, in which she played the character Erin alongside the main character Tabitha Briarwood who, according to IMDb, "discovers that she's no longer famous, which begins her outrageous journey to become a celebrity again."

Also in 2017, she starred in the television movie Life Interrupted, in which she played Nina Woodworth, the woman for whom main character Mason's wife Ally leaves him. While the TV movie didn't garner much buzz, the project, along with Murphy's 2017 short, might signal her return to acting which we've all been waiting for.

Regardless of whether the actress known for her role as Tabitha Stephens on Bewitched becomes a full-fledged sitcom star again, we're certain to see her doing something in the near future. "I don't ever want to be complacent," she told ABC News. We can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve next!