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State Brief in Cold Beer Lawsuit

State Brief in Cold Beer Lawsuit

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The state filed this brief in response to the plaintiff's allegations that the state's laws on cold beer sales violate the Equal Protection Clause.
The state filed this brief in response to the plaintiff's allegations that the state's laws on cold beer sales violate the Equal Protection Clause.

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Published by: Indiana Public Media News on Feb 28, 2014
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS DIVISION INDIANA PETROLEUM MARKETERS ) AND CONVENIENCE STORE ) ASSOCIATION,
et al.
,
 
) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) v. ) CAUSE NO: 1:13-CV-784 RLY-DML ) ALEX HUSKEY, in his official capacity as ) Chairman of the Indiana Alcohol and ) Tobacco Commission,
et al.
, ) ) Defendants. )
DEFENDANTS’ BRIEF IN OPPOSITION TO
 
PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR
PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION
Respectfully submitted, GREGORY F. ZOELLER Attorney General of Indiana Attorney No. 1958-98 By:
 /s/ Kenneth L. Joel
Kenneth L. Joel Attorney No. 30271-49 Deputy Attorney General Indiana Government Center South
 – 
 5th Floor 302 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204-2770 Phone: (317) 233-8296 Fax: (317) 232-7979 Email: Kenneth.Joel@atg.in.gov
 
Case 1:13-cv-00784-RLY-DML Document 80 Filed 02/07/14 Page 1 of 62 PageID #: 4374
 
i
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................................................... 1
 
FACTS ............................................................................................................................................ 4
 
Parties .......................................................................................................................................... 4
 
Sellers of Take-Away Beer to Consumers in Indiana ................................................................. 9
 
Convenience Stores ................................................................................................................... 11
 
Package Liquor Stores .............................................................................................................. 14
 
Restaurants ................................................................................................................................ 15
 
Small Beer Brewers .................................................................................................................. 16
 
Ramifications If Plaintiffs Succeed .......................................................................................... 17
 
ARGUMENT ................................................................................................................................ 20
 
I.
 
Preliminary Injunction Standard ................................................................................... 20
 
II.
 
Plaintiffs Have Not Demonstrated That They Are Likely to Succeed on the Merits of Their Constitutional Challenges ........................................................................................... 21
 
A.
 
The Eleventh Amendment ...................................................................................... 21
 
B.
 
Many of the Plaintiffs Lack Standing to Bring Many of the Challenges................ 22
 
C.
 
Indiana Code § 7.1-5-10-11 and Indiana Code § 7.1-3-21-3 Through 6 Are
“Unquestionably Legitimate” Pursuant to the Twenty
-First Amendment ........................ 24
 
1.
 
Granholm v. Heald 
 .............................................................................................. 24
 
2.
 
 Brooks v. Vassar 
 .................................................................................................. 25
 
3.
 
 Arnold Wines, Inc. v. Boyle
 ................................................................................. 25
 
4.
 
Southern Wine and Spirits v. Div. of Alcohol 
 ...................................................... 26
 
5.
 
This Reasoning Compels Rejection of Plaintiffs’ Challenges
 ............................ 28
 
D.
 
Indiana Code § 7.1-5-10-11 Does Not Violate the Equal Protection Clause or Article I, Section 23 of the Indiana Constitution -- Count I and Count V ........................ 28
 
1.
 
 Noe Is Not Treated Any Differently than Others ................................................ 28
 
2.
 
Convenience Stores Are Not Similarly Situated to Businesses That Legally Sell Cold Beer for Take-Away in Indiana............................................................................ 29
 
3.
 
The Legislature’s Line
-Drawing Is Rational ....................................................... 32
 
E.
 
Indiana Code § 7.1-5-10-11 Does Not Violate Article I, Section 1 of the Indiana Constitution ....................................................................................................................... 37
 
F.
 
Indiana Code § 7.1-3-21-5 Does Not Violate the Dormant Commerce Clause ...... 38
 
G.
 
Indiana Code § 7.1-5-10-11 Is Not Void for Vagueness ........................................ 39
 
H.
 
Equity Precludes Plaintiffs’ Constitutional Challenges
 .......................................... 43
 
III.
 
Plaintiffs Have Not Demonstrated That They Are Irreparably Harmed .................... 44
 
Case 1:13-cv-00784-RLY-DML Document 80 Filed 02/07/14 Page 2 of 62 PageID #: 4375
 
ii IV.
 
Plaintiffs Have Not Shown an Immediate Need for an Injunction That Would Allow Them to Immediately Begin Selling Cold Beer .................................................................... 48
 
CONCLUSION ............................................................................................................................. 50
 
Case 1:13-cv-00784-RLY-DML Document 80 Filed 02/07/14 Page 3 of 62 PageID #: 4376

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