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Jul 09, 2019

In the News: Attorney Matt Andersen Successfully Transfers Liquor License into Whitehall Township

Matthew B. Andersen, Esquire, an attorney in the Liquor Law Practice Group, was recently successful in transferring a restaurant liquor license into Whitehall Township.  The license was obtained from the most recent Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board liquor license auction.  » Read More

Jul 03, 2019

Raise a Glass: Pennsylvania Breweries Avoid Excessive Sales Tax Under New Law

On June 28, 2019, Governor Wolf signed into law HB262, which amends the Tax Code for various reasons, but most importantly to the brewing industry, clarifies sales tax assessment for a brewery’s taproom sales to its consumers.

This journey for breweries in Pennsylvania began approximately five years ago when yours truly re-wrote a portion of the Liquor Code.  » Read More

Jul 03, 2019

In the News: New Pennsylvania Brewery Sales Tax

Theodore J. Zeller III, Esquire, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Liquor Law Practice Group, was contacted to be interviewed by multiple local media sources regarding the new brewery sales tax bulletin as general counsel to the Brewers of Pennsylvania. » Read More

Jul 01, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Tennessee Residency Requirements and Potential Pennsylvania Liquor Code Impact

Last week, the United States Supreme Court (“SCOTUS”) issued the long-awaited decision in Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas (“Tennessee Wine”).  The Tennessee Wine case was watched closely by liquor attorneys, businesses, consultants and others, as it was the first case that SCOTUS has heard since 2005 regarding constitutionality of state liquor laws.  » Read More

Jun 18, 2019

Skill Games a Real Gamble

With the recent closing of the purchase of the Sands Casino in Bethlehem by Wind Creek Hospitality for $1.3 billion, the question of the legality of video “games of skill” remains a focus and a hot topic within the Commonwealth. Many of these games are a significant source of income for many businesses, including liquor license establishments, which have been allowing them on their licensed premises since a 2014 decision in Beaver County that ruled that a video game machine manufactured by Pace-O-Matic was not a “gambling device per se.”

Since that controversial decision, the legality of these games has been an unknown gray area. » Read More

May 07, 2019

TTB Passes on CBD

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) wasn’t the only federal agency to release guidance on the use of CBD in food and beverages last week. On April 25, 2019, The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued Industry Circular 2019-1, Hemp Ingredients in Alcoholic Beverage Formulas. » Read More

Feb 11, 2019

Seeding the Vines: New Jersey to Provide Assistance to Wineries

New Jersey’s alcoholic beverage manufacturers have been looking for more support from the state government, and this month, wineries and vineyards received some good news.  Recognizing the rise of agrotourism and increased interest for locally-made alcoholic beverages, New Jersey has enacted a new law requiring the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to provide a loan program for wineries and vineyards. » Read More

Jan 15, 2019

Norris McLaughlin Liquor Lawyers Address Government Shutdown’s Impact on Alcohol Manufacturers and Proposed Pennsylvania Sales Tax on Breweries

Liquor law attorneys Matthew B. Andersen, Esquire, and Theodore J. Zeller III, Esquire were quoted in a number of publications discussing the impact the government shutdown is having on breweries, wineries, and distilleries as well as Pennsylvania’s proposed sales tax on brewery sales. » Read More

Dec 27, 2018

In the News: Why Craft Beer Is About to Get More Expensive in Pennsylvania Taprooms

Theodore J. Zeller III, Esquire, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Liquor Law Practice Group, was quoted in The Morning Call as general counsel to the Brewers of Pennsylvania regarding the new brewery sales tax bulletin from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue that it is pushing to take effect on July 1, 2019.  » Read More

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