Walmart loses round in bid to sell hard liquor in Texas
Posted: 8:55 PM, Aug 15, 2019
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April L. Brown
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2007, file photo, an American flag flies in front of the Walmart Stores Inc. headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. Walmart said Wednesday, May 8, 2019, that it will raise the minimum age for tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 in an effort to combat tobacco sales to minors. The world’s largest retailer says the new rule will take effect in July, and will also include its Sam’s Club warehouse stores. (AP Photo/April L. Brown, File)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court says a Texas law that keeps Walmart from selling packaged liquor in the state does not violate the Constitution.
Texas allows privately held businesses — but not publicly held corporations such as Walmart — to own "package stores" where hard liquor is sold.
Thursday's ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans says a federal judge erred in ruling that the Texas restriction is discriminatory and violates constitutionally protected interstate commerce.
The court sent the case back to the federal district court in Texas for further consideration.
Walmart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield says the company is disappointed with the ruling and is considering its options.
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