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Texas liquor giant Spec's sues Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for "abusive" enforcement attempts

In a case that alleges overzealous business regulation, Spec's, the state's largest liquor store chain, is suing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for “wrongfully and maliciously” trying to impose huge fines and sanctions on the retailer. The state says it's immune from such suits.

Spec’s Liquor President John Rydman, with wife and owner Lindy Rydman in blue and their daughter Lisa Rydman, granddaughter of the chain's founder, at the flagship store in Houston on June 29, 2017. Spec's got the green light to begin expanding again after an administrative court poured cold water on sanctions sought by state liquor regulators.

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