One More Reason to Drink in the New Year: Suit Over Citywide Beer, Wine Sales Is Dead.

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Have I told you how much I love Spec's? No? Well, I do.
Whilst you drink in the news that new-to-town Spec's (where a 1.75L bottle of Old Fitzgerald runs $21.46, cheaper if you pay cash) is looking to buy Sigel's (where the same bottle of Old Fitz costs $32), allow me to pour you another tall one the day before the day before New Year's Eve: That lawsuit over the ordinance allowing for the citywide sale of beer and wine appears to be officially over. (For now?)

As you no doubt recall, attorneys Andy Siegel and Leland de la Garza brought the suit on behalf of real-estater Marcus Wood and, according to the city's filings, "unidentified business interests" (i.e., liquor stores) who sought to overturn the November 2010 referendum. They contended that at-the-time City Secretary Deborah Watkins validated Kroger-backed Keep the Dollars in Dallas's petitions despite there not being enough legit signatures to trigger the local option election. To which the city said: That's incorrect.

Shortly before the case was scheduled for trial on September 12, Judge Laurine Blake of Bonham poured out the suit. But Siegel said he expected as much and told us he'd file an appeal: "Saves the time & expense of going to trial before the appeals court clarifies the governing legal standard of whether the City was required to come up with a certified & valid number of Petition signatures before calling a lawful election." A few weeks later they began the appeals process.

But a Friend of Unfair Park reminded me yesterday: The deadline for the formal filing of the appeal passed a few weeks ago -- December 1, to be precise. I asked Siegel if that was that. His short-n-sweet response via email: "Done w/Litigation for now." My New Year's resolution: Forget the case number DC-10-14835, which I have memorized like my own phone number. Drink up.
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Jus Cause
Jus Cause

Find it interesting that in their Appeal from Sept. that their main argument for asking for a new trial was that the City and the Intervenors didn't state the same number of verified signatures, 69,702 for the City and 72,534 for the Intervenors.  But when you read their statements and press releases they've said the group was 7,000 signatures, short, 5555 and now 3800+--heck of the group just keeps issuing press releases--they've eventually agree with the City there were enough signatures!

John Hatch
John Hatch

Texas Petition Strategies said they had over 72,000 valid signatures and during the trial depositions, said it again.  Andy Siegel's petition "experts" (who failed at getting 300 signatures in 60 days for an pro-wet effort in East Texas) admitted they didn't use a complete list of voters (didn't count those in Collin or Denton--guess they thought those folks don't count) and didn't include a list of suspense voters (even though they count--and they said they knew that) and the best of all, even though they SWORE to the media they re-verified ALL 109,000 signatures and said proponents were 5555 short (remember that memo?)--well it turns out when they had to tell the truth under oath, they admitted they only counted 70,000 to 80,000--gee wonder what would have happened if they'd really counted all the signatures and used a complete list like Ms. Watkins was required to do by law???   Could we have saved the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees?  Raise a Toast Dallas and stick a fork in the Lawsuit.

BoozeHound
BoozeHound

I'd rather get liquor at 2/3rds the price then support Sigels.  As said above, if they can't compete then its time to sell.

This isn't Austin.  Keep Dallas normal (and prices low.)

Mike3647
Mike3647

Sigel's can't compete fairly so why not sell out.  Now we just need to get rid of Centennial.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Specs wasts to buy Sigels, that might explain why the produst selection at Specs wasn't as deep as the ones in Houston when I went Chritsmas shopping there. .  

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