DBL Law is pleased to announce that fourteen lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Super Lawyers®, which recognizes the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recommendation and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer Read More
Businesses and residents in Boone County should be aware that the Boone County Fiscal Court appears likely to pass an ordinance creating a code enforcement board in 2016. The Board would be in charge of issuing fines related to violations of the Boone County code of zoning ordinances and it would have authority to hear Read More
As a valued partner to DBL Law, BakerHostetler’s International Disputes practice team will present the first program in a series of in-depth presentations and discussions that explore key legal and commercial issues unique to international contracts. It will include an in-person event and a webinar. The program will be Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, from 7:30 Read More
Manufacturing in Kentucky – 2016 Preview December 3, 2015 Hilton Cincinnati Airport 7373 Turfway Road Florence, KY 41042 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM, followed by a networking happy hour Additional details and agenda to follow. Email Andrea Patrick, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions or to RSVP. « Back to newsSubscribe
Article written by Shelly Sigo and originally published by The Bond Buyer Thursday, August 27, 2015 Kentucky is financing a statewide high-speed Internet system in a first-of-its kind P3 deal that market participants said should offer higher yield to investors. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority, as conduit issuer, is pricing $230.05 million of 30-year Read More
The concept of public-private partnerships or P3s is not a new one. Government entities throughout the world have used P3s for hundreds of years to deliver services such as water, transportation, social services and infrastructure. The United States and its local governments are not strangers to P3s, but until recently the United States has been Read More
Effective March 23, 2015, lenders foreclosing commercial mortgages in Ohio are playing by new rules. The revisions to Ohio’s receivership law, O.R.C. § 2735.01 et seq., clarify a receiver’s authority and, most importantly, codify a receiver’s authority to sell the property free and clear of all liens. However, while a receiver can sell property free Read More
On March 4th, voting 23-13, the Kentucky Senate passed House Bill 168, which will prevent beer brewers from owning alcohol distributorships in the Commonwealth. Both chambers of the General Assembly agreed that HB 168 would close a loophole that had allowed mega-brewer, Anheuser-Busch, to obtain two major distribution businesses in the State. And after the Read More
The 2015 Regular Session for the Kentucky General Assembly is officially underway. Predictably, numerous pieces of proposed legislation are being introduced by the Senate and House of Representatives. One such bill is House Bill 90 (“HB 90”), entitled: An ACT relating to licensing retail food establishments (grocery stores) to sell packaged wine. The Bill is Read More
The General Assembly is continuing to expand the availability and types of alcohol sold in Kentucky. Senate Bill 83, passed in May of 2014, makes it legal for microbreweries in the Commonwealth to now produce some types of alcoholic or “hard” ciders. The law will also permit the sale of certain hard ciders in a Read More
In case you haven’t noticed, the sale of beer in “growlers” has exploded in popularity. Naturally, there is a race amongst enterprising tavern operators to get a piece of this profitable niche. For the uninitiated, a growler (ˈgrau̇-lər) is a sealable glass container that can hold less than 1 gallon of liquid — typically beer. Read More
With summer now officially underway, a lot of folks in the Commonwealth are certain to be doing some boating. Undoubtedly, some of these boaters — captains and passengers alike — will want to enjoy some alcoholic beverages while out on the water. But before you board a boat with plans to consume alcohol, it is Read More
On March 31, 2014, the Kentucky General Assembly passed a bill which would allow wineries throughout the Commonwealth to sell alcohol on Sunday afternoons. Senate Bill 213 (SB 213), if signed into law by Governor Beshear, will amend KRS 244.290 to authorize cities of all sizes (and counties containing cities of all sizes) to pass Read More
Like most states, Ohio and Kentucky place quota restrictions on the type and number of liquor licenses that may be issued in a certain geographical area. These quotas serve a rational purpose: they limit the number of premises in a locale that can sell intoxicating spirits. This also prevents an over-saturation of bars and taverns, balances the needs of family-based communities, and ensures that responsible adults still have a place where they may imbibe.
Last summer, the Kentucky General Assembly’s landmark legislation surrounding liquor licensing came into effect. Senate Bill 13 (SB13) overhauled the process for gaining a liquor license in the Commonwealth. These changes constitute a necessary response to Kentucky’s fast-evolving alcoholic beverage industry. However, the overhaul may be disruptive to some applicants and license holders as it is initially rolled out.
Update: Sixth Circuit Reverses Decision On Licensing Distinction Governing Sale and Distribution of Liquor In Kentucky
On January 15th , the Sixth Circuit reversed the decision of the Western District of Kentucky which had previously found that the statute and regulation permitting pharmacies to sell liquor and wine (while simultaneously prohibiting grocery stores from doing so) failed rational-basis review under the Equal Protection Clause. According to the Sixth Circuit, the statute and regulation in question “conceivably seek to reduce access to high-alcohol products,” and thus were properly supported by a rational basis.
This past August, in a case titled Maxwell’s Pic-Pac, Inc v. Dehner, a federal judge held that certain distinctions governing the sale and distribution of liquor in Kentucky were unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution – a potentially groundbreaking decision that could impact wine and liquor sales in the Commonwealth forever.
On June 20, 2012, the Federal Highway Administration approved a cost savings plan to construct two Ohio River Bridges in Louisville. The plan will save more than $1.5 billion and cut construction time in half. One component of the plan is the use of tolls as a financing mechanism.
If you own or operate a business in Kentucky, make sure you have filed your Kentucky Annual Report. In a recent press release, the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office warns that tens of thousands of companies face dissolution if they don’t file their annual report by the deadline of October 31.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will undoubtedly fund major public construction projects in Kentucky in the immediate future. Indeed, Governor Beshear recently announced through the “Kentucky at Work” program that the Commonwealth will receive $3 Billion in federal stimulus funds over the next two years under the ARRA. Notably, a large percentage of Read More
If you’re in business, then you’re in a regulated business. Consequently, knowing the basics of the administrative process will not only keep you in compliance with the law, but can also provide your company with a sharp edge on the competition. From the simple licensing required to run a business to creative arguments necessary to Read More