SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A trade group representing
convenience stores and gas station owners is suing the state after failing
to get the Legislature to change an Indiana law allowing only liquor
stores and bars to sell cold beer.
The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association filed a
lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Indianapolis that calls Indiana's law
arbitrary and discriminates against grocery and convenience stores. The
lawsuit contends Indiana is the only state that regulates the temperature
beer may be sold at and that there's no legitimate purpose for the
The lawsuit names the state, the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission
and its chairman as defendants. It also contends the resulting lack of
competition hurts consumers through higher prices.
A message seeking comment was left with the commission.