August 07, 2015

Cold Beer Decision on Shelf But Not Necessarily Skunked, Says Brian Paul

It’s now been seven months since the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments for Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, Thornton’s Inc., Ricker Oil Company, Inc., Freedom Oil, Inc. v. David Johnson, a lawsuit challenging state laws that bar convenience stores from selling cold beer, and the judges are yet to release their opinion. As The Indiana Lawyer noted, the 7th Circuit “takes an average of 3.2 months to render a decision after oral arguments,” but Brian Paul, Faegre Baker Daniels partner, cautioned against reading too much into the delay.

“Some cases take less time, some cases take a lot longer,” Paul said, adding that circuit judges are not bound by any deadline in issuing decisions.


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