Happily for the plaintiffs, Judge Zobel’s final judgment in Family Winemakers of California v. Jenkins took the path that seemed most likely from the tone and content of her memorandum and order of 19 November 2008 and leveled up. The judgment entered 18 December 2008 orders the state “to permit wineries of all sizes to apply for licenses under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 138, § 19F(b),” which does not contain the § 19F(a) disqualification of wineries that have sold to a Massachusetts wholesaler within six months of applying for the license, formerly applicable to all 30,000-gallon-and-over wineries. In her November opinion, the judge had noted that the “choice” to use direct shipment only after abandoning all sales through wholesalers for six months was, in effect, prohibition.
Final judgment does not settle the issue of a possible stay of the injunction pending appeal. The state has 30 days from entry of the judgment to file notice of appeal, which would be a prerequisite to moving for a stay in the trial court and, if unsuccessful there, in the Court of Appeals.
By R. Corbin Houchins, Attorney at Law