Historic Changes to Tennessee’s Alcoholic Beverage Law

The Tennessee General Assembly has passed historic changes to Tennessee’s alcoholic beverage law.  The main headline of the bill is that liquor stores and grocery stores will now be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages and wine on Sunday.  Liquor stores will be able to begin to open on Sunday as soon as the bill is
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Sixth Circuit Strikes Down Residency Requirement

On February 21, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an opinion affirming the judgement of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee that the durational residency requirements found in Tenn. Code Ann. §57-3-204(b)(2)(A), (3)(A)-(B) and (3)(D) are in violation of the Commerce Clause.  This is
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Tying Up Loose Ends

GSRM Attorneys Dan Haskell and Matt Scanlan have filed a bill on behalf of the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association that should clarify several recurring issues for liquor-by-the-drink licensees.  Senate Bill 1820/House Bill 1976 will permit licensees to do the following: Designate any contiguous area owned or controlled by the licensee as part of the
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TABC Moves to Online System for License Application and Renewal

The TABC will launch its new online system for license application and renewal on January 22, 2018.  The system is a product of many years of work for the TABC.  Beginning on January 22, users will be able to preview the site, create accounts, and can begin entering information and documents into their accounts. For
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Rule Changes for LBD and Retail Package Stores

On September 22, 2017, the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission voted to pass recently promulgated rules and amend some rules that have been in place for a number of years.  The majority of the rules pertain to manufacturers; however, there are a few that pertain to liquor-by-the-drink establishments and retail package stores. Below are some highlights
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