TN wine shipping ban upheld

From the Associated Press:

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Tennessee's ban on direct wine shipments, which prohibits consumers from buying wine online and having it shipped to their homes.

The opinion from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said federal trade rules allow Tennessee to prohibit wineries from selling directly to consumers without going through wholesalers.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 struck down laws in New York and Michigan that allowed in-state wineries -- but not out-of-state businesses -- to ship directly to consumers. But Friday's opinion said Tennessee's law doesn't fall under that ruling because the state bans all direct shipment of wine regardless of where it's made.

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