Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair

The Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair case taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court continues to make industry headlines.

At issue is the constitutionality of a Tennessee law that requires off-premise license applicants to be a resident of the state for two years before they may apply for a license.  This provision was challenged by a group of retail license applicants who claim the law discriminates against out-of-state businesses, violating the dormant Commerce Clause. 

While the question presented to the Supreme Court focuses on the narrow issue: whether durational residency requirements for retailers and wholesalers are constitutional, this case has caught the industry's attention because of its potential to examine broader questions of Twenty-first Amendment state regulatory authority. 

WSWA believes, and The U.S. Supreme Court has long-upheld, that the Twenty-first Amendment provides each state with authority to pass laws and regulations over the distribution and sales of beverage alcohol within its borders.