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Could economic liberty litigation ‘free the booze?’

The attached policy study originated as a three-part blog post series for the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently struck down a state law limiting how many liquor retail outlets an individual or business could own within the Palmetto State.1 According to the court, the only justification for the law was economic protectionism, an improper basis for economic regulation. The case may be a portent for the end of oppressive and protectionist alcohol-regulation regimes across the country, and a sign that the recent revival in economic liberty jurisprudence could be coming to the world of booze.

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