Pa. high court upholds beer sales at Wegmans

HARRISBURG, Pa. - December 3, 2010

In a unanimous decision Friday, the state Supreme Court upheld the Commonwealth Court in rejecting a challenge by beer distributors that dominate takeout beer sales in Pennsylvania.

The distributors sued Wegmans and the state Liquor Control Board, arguing that restaurants at Wegmans supermarkets violate laws restricting beer sales in the state. The court ruled that Wegmans followed the law carefully.

Wegmans lawyer R.J. O'Hara calls the ruling good news for both his client and dozens of businesses whose plans for similar restaurants have been challenged and were put on hold in Commonwealth Court until the Wegmans case was resolved.

A lawyer for the distributors had no immediate comment.

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