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Trademark Review | September 2015

The TTAB Finds Confusion Between WINEBUD Wine and BUD Beer The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) found that Applicant’s mark WINEBUD for wine is confusingly similar to Anheuser-Busch’s (“AB”) BUD mark. The TTAB...more

Is There No Room for a Queen of Beer?

Anheuser-Busch, LLC (“Anheuser-Busch”) is the leading brewer in the United States and holds about a 46% share of U.S. beer sales to retailers. It has been using its well-known KING OF BEERS trademark for over sixty years and...more

Mega Merger Looming for the Beer Industry

The latest wave in the ever-changing and often turbulent waters of the beer industry is the potential merger of SABMiller with Anheuser-Busch InBev. This potential combination would create a brewery with nine of the world’s...more

The Best Allegation in a Lawsuit

And the award for Best Allegation in a Lawsuit goes to … Overton v. Anheuser-Busch Company....more

Distribution Basics

The process of distribution is critically important to craft breweries; but, it is commonly misunderstood in relation to the overall operational success of a brewery. A common misconception by those entering the craft beer...more

Anheuser-Busch To Sell Distributorship In Compliance With Kentucky Law

The business world and the legal world intersect at many different points, and it is important for business owners to not only keep track of their legal obligations, but also to pay attention to how changes in the law impact...more

Can I Get A Witness (Or At Least A Witness Statement)? NLRB Rules Witness Statements Are Now Fair Game

For over 35 years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that witness statements obtained by unionized employers during pre-arbitration investigations were exempt from disclosure to the union. However, on June 26,...more

The National Labor Relations Board Expands Union Access to Witness Statements

On June 26, 2015, in a split 3-2 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (Board), overturned the 37-year-old standard protecting the confidentiality of witness statements taken by employers during workplace...more

“Unpredictable and Potentially Messy”?: NLRB Ruling Could Complicate Employers’ Workplace Investigations

In its June 26 split decision in American Baptist Homes of the West d/b/a Piedmont Gardens and Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers- West, 362 N.L.R.B. No. 139 (Case No. 32-CA-063475) (“Piedmont...more

NLRB Overturns 37-Year Precedent Regarding Duty to Provide Witness Statements to Unions

On June 26, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed its 37-year precedent, ruling in American Baptist Homes of the West, d/b/a Piedmont Gardens, that employers must disclose to unions confidential witness...more

Advertising Law - July 2015 #2

EPIC Drives Uber Complaint to FTC - Uber’s recent legal woes continue. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) challenged the ride-sharing company’s new privacy policy and requested that the Federal Trade...more

Beer-Maker Puts an End to Brewhaha: Anheuser Busch Agrees to Settle Second of Two Class Action Lawsuits over Beer Origin...

Anheuser Busch recently agreed to settle a consumer class action over Beck’s Beer labeling that we previously reported on with regard to the uptick in consumer class actions proceeding past the pleading stage in the Southern...more

NLRB Gives Employers a Hangover: Longstanding Anheuser-Busch decision overruled

More than 35 years after its decision in Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 237 NLRB 982 (1978), the NLRB has reversed course and held that employers may no longer summarily reject union requests for witness statements obtained in...more

Board Overrules Longstanding Protections Against Disclosure of Witness Statements

Since 1978, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has treated witness statements as exempt from an employer’s general duty to furnish information to unions under Section 8(a)(5) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)....more

NLRB Overrules Longstanding Precedent—Withholding Witness Statements is No Longer a Bright Line Exception

Action Item: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently held in American Baptist Homes of the West d/b/a Piedmont Gardens that there is no longer a blanket exemption for witness statements from an employer’s Section...more

Changing Protected Status of Land Requires CEQA Compliance

In Paulek v. Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority, the California Court of Appeals, Fourth District, held that removal of the protected status from a parcel of land still needs to comply with the...more

NLRB Overrules Precedent; Allows Unions Easy Access to Employee Witness Statements

For nearly 40 years, the National Labor Relations Board has followed a bright-line rule pursuant to which an employer is privileged to withhold witness statements from unions. In its 1978 Anheuser-Busch Inc. decision, the...more

Legislation Enhances Florida Craft Beer Industry

While many states, including such craft beer meccas as Colorado, Oregon and Vermont, have been embracing the explosion of the craft beer culture in America, Florida has been waging war against craft beer in true...more

Consumer Class Actions Against Liquor Producers Follow Familiar Path

Plaintiffs’ class action attorneys tend to follow trends. They are a savvy breed of attorney, at once creative and lazy (or efficient, depending on one’s perspective). One attorney discovers a statute, claim, or industry, and...more

Advertising Law - May 2015 #3

U.S. Supreme Court Could Decide Future of Privacy Law Class Actions - The future of consumer class actions alleging privacy violations may be in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court now that the justices have granted...more

April FCPA Compliance Digest | BONUS: Major Changes to Global Anti-Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering Legislation

Generally my second digest focuses heavily on FCPA compliance-related news, but so many interesting stories took place in April that I just really couldn’t limit myself. The FCPA news stories are right up front, but read on...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - May 2015

In This Issue: - RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS ..Court Dismisses in Part “Natural” Claims ..Court Enters Partial Dismissal of “Handmade” Claims ..Court Dismisses Injunctive Relief Claim Allows...more

No Longer at Lager-Heads: Anheuser-Busch Settles Claim over Kirin Beer’s Origin

Early this year, Anheuser-Busch settled a class suit filed against it by two Miami residents who alleged that the company was deceptively advertising Kirin beer as imported from Japan, when in fact it is brewed in the United...more

Anheuser-Busch Loses Key Battle in Kentucky

Since Prohibition, Kentucky brewers have not been allowed to own their own distributors. Like many states throughout the United States, Kentucky implemented a three-tier system that separates the alcohol industry into...more

Consumer Class Actions Brewing in Florida as Federal Courts Deny a Series of Motions to Dismiss

While California historically has a reputation as the most plaintiff-friendly forum for alleged consumer class action deceptive advertising cases, Florida is emerging as stiff competition for the title after a recent trio of...more

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