Brown-Forman Distillers Corp. v. N.Y. State Liquor Auth

In Brown-Forman Distillers Corp. v. N.Y. State Liquor Auth., 476 U.S. 573 (1986), the Court invalidated the New York Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, which required liquor distillers and producers who sold liquor to wholesalers in New York to do so at prices no greater than those used in any other state. Because the liquor prices must be filed with the New York State Liquor Authority the 25th day of the month preceding their effective dates, the statute "forced a merchant to seek regulatory approval in one State before undertaking a transaction in another." Brown-Forman, 476 U.S. at 582. In other words, "once a distiller has posted prices in New York, it is not free to change its prices elsewhere . . . during the relevant month," which was an unconstitutional projection of legislation into other states. See id., 476 U.S. at 582-83.