Michigan Liquor Control Commission Rescinds Half-Mile Rule

The State of Michigan voted earlier this year to rescind a longstanding Administrative Rule which prohibited liquor licensees from operating within a half-mile of another liquor licensee.

The rescission was challenged in the Court of Claims by a trade association. On April 17, 2018 the Court of Claims dismissed the law suit. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission argued that the long-standing Rule was protectionist and anti-competitive.

As of this date, the Court ruling is open to appeal by the trade association. Absent an appeal or further legal or legislative action, the rescission of the Rule will soon be effective.

Fraser Trebilcock Business Tax Attorney Edward J. CastellaniAny questions on the new matter may be addressed to Edward J. Castellani JD, CPA at 517.377.0845 or ecast@fraserlawfirm.com. This summary is for informational purposes and is not to be construed as legal advice.