Business Law Section

The Business Law Section furthers the knowledge of its members in the law of the Uniform Commercial Code, banking law, corporate law, partnership law, matters of debtor and creditor relations, and litigation practice related to such law.

Chair
Lincoln Memorial University Duncan...
601 W. Summit Hill Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865)545-5318
Vice-Chair
The University of Tennessee...
1505 W. Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
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(865)974-3813
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

SCOTUS Tosses Tennessee Liquor Store Residency Law

The U.S. Supreme Court today tossed out a Tennessee law that required liquor store owners to live in the state two years before they could open a business here, the Commercial Appeal reports. In a 7-2 decision, the justices said the regulation illegally infringed on interstate commerce protections provided by the U.S. Constitution. Their ruling eliminates a barrier for out-of-state owners trying to get a liquor license and conduct business in Tennessee. It came in the case of a Memphis couple that tried to open a liquor store after they moved from Utah to Tennessee to find better care for their daughter with a disability.
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FedEx Sues U.S. Commerce Department

FedEx Corp. is seeking an injunction to stop the U.S. Department of Commerce from enforcing certain prohibitions on export shipments carried by FedEx, the Daily Memphian reports. FedEx said it believes measures in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) violate its constitutional rights to due process. The lawsuit says the regulations “unreasonably hold common carriers strictly liable for shipments that may violate the EAR without requiring evidence that the carriers had knowledge of any violations.” The lawsuit comes as the administration of President Donald Trump increasingly applies pressure against China by putting Chinese manufacturers on the Bureau of Industry & Security's Entity List. U.S. companies are restricted in their ability to do business with more than 1,100 foreign companies on the Entity List.
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