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Diageo Seeks Changes in States' Franchise Laws

In New York, alcohol must be wrapped up when it is sold; in North Carolina, booze can only be bought from licensed liquor stores with blacked out windows. Now Diageo, the maker of Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff Vodka, is battling to do away with another one of its last vestiges. The British alcohol giant is lobbying to overturn prohibition-era laws in a dozen states, which oblige alcohol producers to use certain wholesalers. The legislation was designed to make it easier for the states to collect taxes, and to prevent gangsters from taking control of the alcohol supply as they did during Prohibition. (The Telegraph)