Fri, Aug. 20, 2004

No Alcohol for Kids

SWM - Idstein.   The Supreme Constitutional Court, Bundesverfassungsgericht, denied certiorari in the preliminary injunction matter 1 BvQ 28/04 which involves a new tax on sweetened alcoholic beverages. A new statute intends to deter teenagers from the fad of ready mix long drinks which contain liquor. Studies had shown that teenagers may become dependent on alcohol after consuming such drinks.

The plaintiff, a distiller, argued that the enforcement of the law would cause the significant loss of employment and irreparable damage to its business. The Court ruled that the plaintiff had not shown enough evidence to support its petition for review.


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