Ohio Withdraws Appeal in Direct Shipping Case

The Ohio Attorney General withdrew a U.S. Supreme Court appeal of an appeals court decision that prevents out-of-state retailers from shipping wine into Ohio. In-state retailers will be able to ship to Ohio residents.

Now, the case will return to the trial court where the plaintiffs will have to prove with actual evidence, and not mere statements, how its direct shipping law protects public health and safety.

Direct shipping advocates expressed doubt the State of Ohio will be able prove the law prevents minors from getting their hands on alcohol or that it's preventing adulturated alcohol, nor does it prevent counterfeit wines from being sold.

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