Untapped Potential: How Georgia’s Beer Distribution Laws Stifle the Craft Beer Industry

Beer consumption in the United States is a $100 billion annual industry and is composed of five different kinds of drinks: domestic beer, imported beer, craft beer, hard ciders, and flavored malt beverages. Brewing goliaths Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller dominate the American beer industry, comprising over 75% of the market. While the domestic-beer category comprises the largest segment of the beer market, most of the top domestic brands have experienced a reduction in sales in recent years. Some of the reduction in sales has been attributed to consumers’ desire for more flavorful beer. Consequently, many consumers are turning to craft beer.

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What Did the Supreme Court Hold in Heffernan v. City of Paterson?

Reasoned opinions count as much or more than outcomes, partly because “reasoned response to reasoned argument is an essential aspect of [the judicial] process,” and partly because “the opinion has as one if not its major office to show how like cases are properly to be decided in the future.” Scrutiny of the Supreme Court’s reasons is called for not only when the result seems doubtful, but also when the result is intuitively appealing. Weak reasons may in the long run undermine a holding that deserves a better foundation than the Court has built for it, or at least distort and delay the elaboration of doctrine. When the intuition behind the holding deserves broader application than the Court’s reasons can support, an effort to identify more convincing reasons is an especially worthwhile project.

Heffernan v. City of Paterson, illustrates the good result/weak reasons problem.

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Eleventh Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of City Ordinance Prohibiting Picketing, Denies Constitutionality of Loitering Provision in Ordinance

In Winnifred Bell v. City of Winter Park, Florida, No. 13-11499 (Mar. 20, 2014), the Eleventh Circuit decided whether the City of Winter Park’s Ordinance No. 2886-12, which generally prohibits targeted picketing within fifty feet of a residential dwelling, is an unconstitutional infringement on First Amendment freedom of speech. Comparing § 62-79 of the ordinance […]

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Eleventh Circuit Defers to International Arbitrator’s Venue Determination

Eleventh Circuit Defers to International Arbitrator’s Venue Determination Ben Torres* The Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed the power of arbitrators to interpret international venue disputes in Bamberger Rosenheim, Ltd. v. OA Development, Inc., 862 F.3d 1284, 1286 (11th Cir. 2017). In that case, a real estate developer from Georgia, OA Development, Inc. (“OAD”), entered into a […]

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Eleventh Circuit Affirms Drug and Firearm Conviction in United States v. Lange

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Drug and Firearm Conviction in United States v. Lange Alex Weathersby* Arthur Kyle Lange sold guns and drugs five separate times to a government informant. United States v. Lange, 862 F.3d 1290, 1292 (11th Cir. 2017). He pled guilty to various offenses related to the transactions, and the United States District Court […]

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Eleventh Circuit Aces Civil Procedure Exam in Thermoset Corp.

Eleventh Circuit Aces Civil Procedure Exam in Thermoset Corp. Steven Zavodnick* Acting sua sponte, the Eleventh Circuit reaffirmed the maxim that federal courts are courts of limited subject matter jurisdiction and vacated the district court’s order of summary judgment to the defendants in Thermoset Corp. v. Building Materials Corp. of America, 849 F.3d 1313, 1315 […]

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