On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case challenging a California law that requires live music venues to serve beer and beer-and-wine-only.
It’s the latest legal showdown in a year that has seen a wave of lawsuits filed against the state.
In April, a judge in New York temporarily blocked the state from enforcing the law, but the state appealed and won a stay.
Last week, a federal judge in San Diego upheld the stay, while a California appeals court sided with the state on Friday.
Now, the Supreme Court is taking on the legal fight over the beer and wine restrictions.
In a brief filed Friday, the plaintiffs, the National Beer Wholesalers Association, argue that the law violates their First Amendment rights to free speech and association.
They argue that California’s law is a clear attempt to silence beer fans and to restrict the speech of beer lovers.
A law that allows for the beer to be served at points of the venue without serving beer or wine is “not an adequate restriction of a particular group’s First Amendment right to free expression,” the plaintiffs wrote.
The case has already been delayed twice.
But the justices are scheduled to hear arguments Thursday, with oral arguments set for Tuesday.
This story has been updated to include additional information from the brief.