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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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GLR Alumnus to Clerk for Supreme Court

Andrew Pinson, Class of 2011 and the Executive Articles Editor for Volume 45, has been selected to clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas. Mr. Pinson’s selection makes him the sixth UGA Law graduate in nine years to clerk for the Supreme Court. Click here for the UGA Law announcement.

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