LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Four independent liquor stores in Arkansas are seeking to temporarily halt a new law that allows grocery stores to sell name brand wine.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the liquor stores filed a lawsuit on Oct. 23 against the director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and its five commissioners. It says the law unfairly lets grocery stores bypass restrictions that apply to liquor stores, and that it conflicts with existing state laws.

The law took effect Oct. 1 and allows grocery stores in the state’s wet counties to expand their wine sales. Grocery stores had been limited to selling only small-farm wines.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the law on March 15 and cited its “positive considerations for the consumer.”

A hearing for the lawsuit is set for Nov. 13 in federal court.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com