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Flaherty & O’Hara at CLE International Wine, Beer & Spirits annual conference in Charlotte, NC

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Flaherty & O’Hara is pleased and honored to attend and be an invited panel member at CLE International Wine, Beer & Spirits annual conference in Charlotte, NC, September 16-17, 2019. Our partner R.J. O’Hara participated on a panel discussing the current status of direct-to-consumer shipping laws and relevant new legislation and case law, as well as the possible impact of the U.S. …

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Flaherty-O’Hara at the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators’ annual Central-Western Regional Conference

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Flaherty & O’Hara is pleased and honored to attend and be an invited panel member at the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators’ annual Central-Western Regional Conference in Portland, OR, September 9-11, 2019. Our partner R.J. O’Hara participated on a panel discussing the character of possible future alcohol operations as they evolve over the next 50 years and the response …

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Flaherty & O’Hara Joins Women of the Vine & Spirits as a Corporate Member

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Flaherty & O’Hara is proud to announce they have joined Women of the Vine & Spirits as a Bronze Corporate Member. Partners Kaitlynd Kruger and Chris O’Hara and Associate Ellen Freeman have joined as Member Employees. Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry. WOTVS …

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Flaherty & O’Hara at the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators

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Flaherty & O’Hara partners R.J. O’Hara and Kaitlynd Kruger, along with associate Ellen Freeman, attended the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators. The event was held at the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, Kentucky from June 16th – 19th. R.J. O’Hara was invited to participate in one of the panels, “Facing the Reality of the ‘New Normal’ of the Federal Regulator …

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Comment on Tennessee Residency Law for Liquor Stores in Beer Marketer’s Insights

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Our partner, R.J. O’Hara, felt compelled to comment during the recent NABCA Legal Symposium, in response to a panel discussion on the pending Supreme Court decision in the Tennessee Retail Association case and, much to his surprise and delight, Eric Sheppard at Beer Marketer’s Insights picked up on it and mentioned R.J.’s comment in his column regarding the panel (“Consensus …

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NABCA 26th Annual Legal Symposium

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We are excited that one of our partners, Stan Wolowski, was an invited panelist at the 2019 NABCA Legal Symposium earlier this week at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington / D.C. Stan, a former liquor violation prosecutor, presented a well-received presentation on the manner in which the PLCB and State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement responds to nuisance …

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Direct to Consumer Sales of Wine, Beer, and Distilled Spirits Committee

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Flaherty & O’Hara, PC partners R.J. O’Hara and Stan Wolowski are excited to have been invited to participate in the Uniform Law Commission’s Study Committee on a possible model law for the direct shipment of spirits to consumers. A diverse group of Study Committee members representing a wide array of interests in the alcohol industry and public health field are …

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Should States be Allowed to Discriminate Against Nonresident Liquor Business Owners?

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R.J. O’Hara attended the U.S. Supreme Court’s oral argument in the Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Zachary W. Blair, Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission on January 16, 2019, and is pleased to have had to opportunity to write an article on his thoughts on the arguments presented and issued examined by the Court during the argument. The Court must …

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Consignment Sales Result in Multiple Permit Suspensions

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Well over a year ago the TTB received a two-year, multi-million dollar budget to conduct Tied House / Trade Practice investigations. Last week, after being out of operation for almost two months as a result of the government shutdown, the TTB flexed a little muscle in California, but suspending / penalizing several California wineries and wholesalers for illegal consignment sales. …

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RJ O’Hara Highlights the Complexities of Liquor Licenses for Hotels

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“…since liquor licensing is a subset of administrative law, it is fraught with exceptions. For example, there are states that have a combined quota and direct issue system, depending on the sort of place that the applicant is attempting to license. California and Florida are such states. And in virtually all states, hotels are exempted from the quota – that …