Tuesday, July 5, 2011

UPDATE: Michiganders Can Now Blow the Head Off a 'Raging Bitch'

Flying Dog - Raging BitchImage by Jon ├ůslund via FlickrThe Michigan Liquor Control Commission ("MLCC") has done an about-face, the Associated Press reports, approving the sale of Frederick, Md.-based Flying Dog Brewery's Raging Bitch India Pale Ale.

In allowing the sale of the provocatively named brew, the MLCC took its guidance from a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving content-based discrimination. Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso haled the Commission's decision, but indicated no plans to drop the company's lawsuit, Flying Dog Brewery, LLLP v. Michigan Liquor Control Commission in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan (Case No. 1:2011-cv-00307) that challenged on First Amendment grounds the Commission's rule banning the sale of Raging Bitch as "detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare." [See "TUOL" post 4/11/11.] 

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