Alcohol Wholesalers Like Lawsuits When They Suit Them
H.R. 5034 would “take the federal judge out of making alcohol laws…the only people who should be concerned about this legislation are
the people who had planned to go to federal court and sue."
Paul Pisano,Vice President, Industry Affairs and Counsel at National Beer Wholesalers Association, in the Naples News, April 27, 2010.
Paul Pisano was on the inside when the H.R. 5034, the bill that would lead to the end of direct shipping of wine in several states, severely harm wineries and kill consumer access to wine, was written. He tells us he's concerned with all these lawsuits that challenge state regulations on alcohol and that they need to be stopped so that the regulation of alcohol can be left where it should be, in the hands of state legislators and not in the hands of Judges.
But where was Paul Pisano when Southern Wine and Spirits, a wholesaler, challenged Texas law in federal court? Where was his outcry for local control then? Where was is call for a need to stop lawsuits in Federal court when Southern Wine & Spirits sued the state of Texas (Southern Wine & Spirits v. Steen, 2007) because they couldn't get a wholesaler license because Texas law prohibited non-residents from immediately getting such a license?
Of course he was silent. That's what two-faced hypocrites are when they like something that helps them, even though they don't like the same thing when it doesn't help them.