More briefs from the Missouri Broadcasters appeal over alcohol advertising regulations
Just a quick update I forgot to post earlier. In addition to the opening brief and addendum filed by the State of Missouri with the 8th Circuit requesting reversal of the trial court’s decision finding two alcohol advertising laws and a tied-house provision of Missouri’s liquor laws violated the First Amendment rights of the plaintiffs (some broadcasters, a bar, and a grape farmer) and that the laws failed to advance Missouri’s interests in dissuading over-consumption, reducing underage drinking, and maintaining an orderly marketplace (advertising bans don’t reduce consumption, prohibiting advertising outside retailers but not inside them was inconsistent).
In mid-October the State filed its brief and addendum requesting the Appellate Court overturn the verdict.
In late October the National Beer Wholesalers Association in conjunction with the American Beverage Licensees, the Missouri Beer Wholesalers Association, the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild, and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc., filed an amicus brief supporting Missouri. The brief paints a biased historical picture of pre/post prohibition and the reasoning behind liquor regulations. Of note: this brief cites “Toward Liquor Control” with both the 2011 cite and the 1933 cite, making it a bit disingenuous by presenting that screed as though it were something modern and not based off outdated and completely unfounded and antiquated just-so stories).
The Appellees, Meyer Farms, Inc., Missouri Broadcasters Association, Uncle D’s Sports Bar & Grill, L.L.C. and Zimmer Radio of Mid-MO, Inc., have been granted an extension to December 10 to file their brief.
We’ve gathered copies of these briefs for you: