WILL’s lawsuit in defense of Wisconsin wedding barns earned widespread attention in state and national media. The Associated Press reported:
Attorneys for the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, or WILL, said Tuesday the lawsuit they filed on behalf of the barn owners seeks a ruling that privately owned property holding events where alcohol is not sold do not need liquor licenses.
Alternatively, they are asking the court to declare the law an unconstitutional violation of due process rights and therefore void.
“We think the law is pretty clear that wedding barns don’t need liquor licenses,” said WILL attorney Anthony LoCoco. “A private venue on private property hosting private events is not a ‘public place’ under Wisconsin law. It is unfortunate that special interest groups have muddied the waters to such an extent that our clients have a real risk of being harmed by the confusion over state law.”