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Former TTB Chief Counsel to Present New Study on Counterfeit Alcohol at Seventh Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Former Chief Counsel for the United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Robert M. Tobiassen will release a new report, “The ‘Fake Alcohol’ Situation in the United States: The Impact of Culture, Market Economics, and the Current Regulatory Systems,” at the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Seventh Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference to be held September 3-5, 2014 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois.

As part of a panel on “Counterfeit Alcohol: A Global vs. United States Perspective,” Tobiassen will describe the study’s analysis of “the numerous incidents of fake alcohol products in countries around the world that are routinely reported in the news media, government announcements, social media, and medical and scientific literature with the resulting deaths, social unrest, and marketplace disruptions, among other adverse outcomes.” In contrast, the study documents few such incidents reported in the United States.

Tobiassen will discuss the reasons for the few incidents of fake alcohol products in the United States identified in the study, including “a strong cultural respect for the rule of law and lack of corruption in governance,” along with “strong regulatory systems that police the production, importation, distribution and retail sales of alcohol beverages through independent parties” and the country’s “competitive marketplace that provides alcohol beverages at all price points including inexpensive safe (in a quality control context) alcohol beverages thereby negating the demand for fake alcohol (except for moonshine).” Tobiassen observes that public policy makers must balance competing goals and develop intervention tools that offset the social harms associated with the availability of low-cost alcohol beverages, combat the distribution of fake alcohol products and prevent a corrupt illicit production and trade marketplace.

Other educational sessions at this year’s conference will include:

  • First Amendment and Alcohol Regulation
  • The Future of Supplier-Distributor Laws
  • A New Model for Underage Sales and Compliance
  • Post-Prohibition Alcohol Regulation
  • State Regulator Roundup
  • Marijuana Legalization and Alcohol: Rhetoric vs. Reality
  • Legal Developments in Alcohol Retailing

In addition to these educational sessions, National Association of Attorneys General President and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood will deliver keynote remarks on the role state attorneys general play in alcohol regulation, including efforts to prevent underage drinking.

To register online, visit Government and non-profit employees receive special discounted registration rates. For hotel reservations at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile, book online or call 1-888-591-1234 and reference the Center for Alcohol Policy.

The CAP works with state continuing legal education (CLE) boards to provide attending attorneys with CLE credits. In 2013, every attendee was able to secure CLE credits, and more than 35 states approved CLE accreditation for participants. Certain states do not have mandatory CLE requirements.

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 The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501c(3) organization whose mission is to educate policymakers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and regulation. By conducting sound and scientific-based research and implementing initiatives that will maintain the appropriate state-based regulation of alcohol, the Center promotes safe and responsible consumption, fights underage drinking and drunk driving and informs key entities about the effects of alcohol consumption. For more information, visit or follow the Center on Twitter at

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