New York’s “Empire Wine” Bill Awaits Governor’s SignatureJune 18, 2015
Both chambers of the New York legislature have passed a bill in response to the state Liquor Authority’s attempt to penalize retailer Empire Wine for allegedly making illegal direct wine shipments to states whose laws prohibit direct-shipping.
Passed Tuesday, the bill “Limits the authority of the state liquor authority to penalize licensees based on perceived violations of the laws of other states, unless the conduct in question amounts to an independent violation of the alcoholic beverage control law or has resulted in a criminal conviction in another state.”
The legislative action, which now heads to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk and is expected to be signed, is related to the ongoing dispute between Empire Wine and the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA), which last year charged Empire with 16 counts of improperly shipping wine to out-of-state customers in violation of those states’ laws. At this time it’s unclear how the pending legislation will affect Empire’s particular case, which is still making its way through the court system.
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