A US court of appeal has ruled that a liquor commissioner violated a brewery’s freedom of speech when it banned a beer named Raging Bitch from being sold in the state of Michigan.
The Michigan liquor commissioner banned the Flying Dog Brewery’s Raging Bitch IPA in 2009 deeming its label “detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the general public.”
A lawsuit against the decision was filed in March 2011 and commissioners reversed their decision, however Flying Dog continued with its lawsuit to recover damaged for lost sales in the state.
Six years after the initial ban, the Maryland-based brewery has won its battle with a Court of Appeal agreeing that the decision had violated its First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
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