Retroactive, Inc. v. Nebraska Liquor Control CommissionAnnotate this Case
The district court did not have subject matter jurisdiction over Retroactive, Inc.’s appeal of the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission’s denial of its application for a Class C liquor license.
Retroactive made an application of the Commission’s issuance of a Class C liquor license for its nightclub. The Commission denied the application. Retroactive then filed a petition for review, arguing that the Commission’s decision was arbitrary capricious and unsupported by the evidence, and exceeded the Commission’s authority. The City of Omaha filed a motion to dismiss for failure to name certain citizen objectors as “necessary parties” to the petition for review. The district court denied the motion and then reversed the Commission’s decision. The Supreme Court vacated the district court’s order reversing the Commission’s decision, holding that because Retroactive failed to include all parties of record in the Commission proceeding when it sought review in the district court, the court never acquired subject matter jurisdiction.