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Michigan wins liquor appeal

LANSING (AP) — Retailers outside Michigan can’t send alcohol directly to the state’s consumers, a federal appeals court said.
The court overturned a decision by a federal judge in Detroit who had described Michigan’s restrictions as an “unjustifiable protectionist regime.”
The dispute centered on a law passed in 2016 by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. It allows in-state retailers to ship alcohol directly to consumers, but it doesn’t extend the practice to retailers outside Michigan.
“Michigan’s law promotes plenty of legitimate state interests, and any limits on a free market of alcohol distribution flow from the kinds of traditional regulations that characterize this market, not state protectionism,” Judge Jeffrey Sutton said in a 3-0 opinion released Tuesday.