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Jelovsek v. Bredesen, 07-5443, 07-5524

In a case involving whether certain Tennessee laws governing the wine industry violate the dormant commerce clause of the Constitution, a judgment upholding the laws is affirmed in part, and vacated in part where: 1) upholding a Tennessee law banning the direct shipment of alcoholic beverages to consumers, including wine, was proper; but 2) Tennessee's Grape and Wine Law is discriminatory on its face; and 3) a remand was required in order to fashion an adequate remedy and to allow in-state wineries an opportunity to intervene.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/24/2008
  • Published 10/24/2008

Judges

  • Before: NORRIS, GIBBONS, and GRIFFIN, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States Sixth Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellees:
  • ARGUED:  Sandra B. Jelovsek, Johnson City, Tennessee, James A. Tanford, Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, for Appellants.   Lyndsay Fuller, Office of the Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, Andrew L. Colocotronis, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, Knoxville, Tennessee, for Appellees.   ON BRIEF:  Sandra B. Jelovsek, Johnson City, Tennessee, James A. Tanford, Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, for Appellants.   Lyndsay Fuller, Office of the Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, Andrew L. Colocotronis, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, Knoxville, Tennessee, J. Forrest Hinton, Jr., Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, Birmingham, Alabama, Michael A. Meyer, Tennessee Attorney General & Reporter, Nashville, Tennessee, Henry E. Hildebrand III, Lassiter Tidwell Davis Keller & Hogan PLLC, Nashville, Tennessee, for Appellees.   Carter G. Phillips, Sidley Austin, Washington, D.C., for Amici Curiae.