Do you think the decision made by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the same as yours?

This case involves a Michigan winery’s claim that certain provisions of Arizona’s statutory scheme regulating the direct shipment of wine from wineries — whether located in-state or out-of-state — to Arizona consumers violate the dormant Commerce Clause.

Arizona generally requires all alcoholic beverages sold to consumers in the state to pass through a three-tier distribution system comprised of producers, wholesalers, and retailers. However, Arizona has carved out two exceptions to its system that allow wineries under specified circumstances to bypass the three-tier distribution system. First, all wineries that produce less than 20,000 gallons of wine per year — whether located in-state or out-of-state — are allowed to ship an unlimited amount of wine directly to consumers, regardless of how the order is placed, and to sell directly to retailers. Second, all wineries — whether located in-state or out-of-state — are allowed to ship two cases of wine per year directly to consumers who purchase wine while they are physically present at the winery.

Black Star Farms contends that these challenged exceptions to the three-tier system violate the dormant Commerce Clause and sued to have the exceptions struck-down.

What do you think is the correct decision in this case?

Do you think the decision made by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the same as yours?

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Write your answers to the above questions in an essay form, double-spaced in Word file, and upload to Blackboard.

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