Monday, April 9, 2007

Professor Tanford Attacked by Liquor Interests

IU Bloomington Law Professor Alex Tanford litigates direct-wine shipping cases. Direct-shipping has been a hot topic in the alcoholic beverages area for several years now and Tanford has been very successful in knocking down state laws barring direct shipment of beer and wine. This annoys the liquor wholesalers. The Indiana Law Blog has excerpts of the news stories on this here.

The problem lies with the Internet. The direct-sellers sell over the Internet to out-of-state buyers. Amazon has been doing the same thing for years but booksellers do not have the convoluted and complicated relationships between big money, politics, and taxes as the liquor wholesalers. If they must attack Professor Tanford, I assume that they are feeling the heat of the new economy on their neck.