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Brief of Granholm v. Heald: Discuss the Court Decision

Can you brief the Granholm v. Heald case and discuss whether or not you agree with the courts decision, and discuss any implications the court's ruling might cause.

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Granholm v. Heald (Case 544 U.S. 460 in the Supreme Court) was a case that took over eight years to resolve. It was a challenge by small wineries against the states of New York and Michigan. The complaint by the wineries was that New York and Michigan's permitting of in-state wineries to ship direct to the consumer's but prohibiting shipments from out of state wineries was unconstitutional. The small out of state wineries filed a law suit stating that the prohibition of their wine for distribution across state lines should be revoked and they should have the right to ship direct to consumers, regardless of state lines. The arguments by both the plaintiffs and the States were based on the interpretations of the rarely invoked 21st amendment to the constitution which was ratified in 1933. This was the amendment that ended prohibition (Pasahow, 2006).

Before this lawsuit, the distribution of wine from outside the states of New York and Michigan had to go through large wholesalers inside the states. At that point, the wholesalers had ...

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Granholm v. Heald (Case 544 U.S. 460 in the Supreme Court) was a case that took over eight years to resolve. It was a challenge by small wineries against the states of New York and Michigan. The complaint by the wineries was that New York and Michigan's permitting of in-state wineries to ship direct to the consumer's but prohibiting shipments from out of state wineries was unconstitutional. The small out of state wineries filed a law suit stating that the prohibition of their wine for distribution across state lines should be revoked and they should have the right to ship direct to consumers, regardless of state lines.

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