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Pennsylvania Tavern Games Licenses [Video]

At the end of 2013, Act 90 was passed into law. Act 90 allows certain liquor license holders to have tavern games in their establishment. If you currently have a Restaurant, Hotel, Privately Owned Public Golf Course, or...more

Michigan Legislature Loosens Restrictions on Microbreweries

The Michigan Legislature passed long-awaited changes to Michigan’s alcohol laws with overwhelming support on Wednesday, and the bills are expected to be signed by the Gov. Rick Snyder. These changes will allow Michigan’s...more

2014 Legislative Session: Bills To Watch

On Tuesday, March 4th, Florida lawmakers gathered in Tallahassee for the start of the 2014 legislative session. Lawmakers now have 60 days to pass their bills into law. For those of us in South Florida, we want to follow this...more

Focused on Franchise Law - February 2014

FRANCHISOR 101: Franchisor Successfully Fends Off Fraud Claims - There are circumstances when a fraud claim will not succeed against a franchisor. In Dunkin' Donuts Franchised Restaurants, LLC v. Claudia I, LLC, a...more

Bungle in the Beer Tapper Jungle?

The Sports Bar in the Mirage Resort & Casino, located in Las Vegas, Nevada, is currently sporting a pretty interesting collection of tap beers, from left to right: Bud Light, Goose Island Honker’s Ale, Stella Artois,...more

Battles Over Demand Letters: Lessons From 'The F Word'

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When a big corporation sends you a cease-and-desist letter, make … ale? This is what Jeff Britton, owner of Exit 6 Pub and Brewery in Cottleville, Mo., chose to do after he...more

Beer Distribution Law - January 2014

PENNSYLVANIA COURT REFUSES TO REWRITE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT - A United States District Court in Pennsylvania, applying Pennsylvania law, recently rejected a distributor's argument that a brewer's refusal to permit...more

Beer Distribution Law - December 2013

Large Southern California Distributor Acquired By Reyes - Consolidation continues in the beer distribution business. The number of distributors in the US has dropped by about 1200 since 1980 to around 3200, although...more

Beer Distribution Law - November 2013

GOOD NEWS FOR CRAFT BREWERS - POSTAL REFORM LEGISLATION - On October 30, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) launched a plan to lift the prohibition era ban on shipping alcoholic beverages by way of the United State Postal...more

Supreme Court of Ohio Clarifies Beer and Wine Franchise Law

Last month the Supreme Court of Ohio helped clarify an oft-litigated feature of the state’s beer and wine “franchise” law. Like most such enactments, Ohio’s franchise law (the “Ohio Alcoholic Beverages Franchise Act”)...more

Starting a Craft Brewery: Business Tips for the New Entrepreneur

The Craft Brewing Industry is booming in America. According to the Brewers Association, since 2000, the number of craft breweries operating in the U.S. has increased by more than two-thirds. Over 2,500 craft breweries...more

Beer Distribution Law - October 2013

MASSACHUSETTS & PENNSYLVANIA MAY EASE TERMINATION BURDEN FOR SMALL BREWERS - Many states are testing the waters regarding carve outs for small brewers, including relief from statutes that bar them from terminating...more

"North Carolina’s New Growler Fill Law"

There has been both excitement and confusion surrounding the recent passage of new laws and regulations governing the sale, filling and re-filling of growlers within our State. This paper briefly discusses the relevant...more

Oktoberfest Edition! Beer And Trade Secrets

Yes, we know the real Oktoberfest takes place primarily in September, and, yes, this post has nothing to do with Germany or celebrations or even fun. But this time of year presented a good excuse to write about the...more

Focused on Franchise Law - August 2013

FRANCHISOR 101: CALIFORNIA REQUIREMENTS ON NEGOTIATED TERMS MAY CHANGE - The California Franchise Investment Law and the California Code of Regulations currently require franchisors registered in California to disclose...more

Focused On Franchise Law - June 2013

In This Issue: Barry Kurtz Honored By Beverly Hills Bar Association; Announcing Our Additional Practice Area: Beer Distribution Law; Franchisee 101: Personal Guarantee Of Fees And Costs Upheld; and, Contributing Expert...more

The Ska/DuClaw Trademark Dispute Over Euphoria, Trademark Lessons for the Craft Brewer

The craft beer industry is expanding rapidly and it seems a new brewery opens, or an existing brewery expands, almost daily. As a result, craft beer industry trademark disputes are occurring with increased frequency....more

Liquor Law Update -- May 2013

In This Issue: Employee Tip Pools: Dive In With Caution; Ahhh…Spring; and The Ska/Duclaw Trademark Dispute Over Euphoria, Trademark Lessons for the Craft Brewer Excerpt from Employee Tip Pools: Dive In With...more

The Ska / DuClaw Trademark Dispute Over EUPHORIA, Trademark Lessons for the Craft Brewer [Video]

In this video, McNees Intellectual Property attorney, Brian Gregg explains the basic steps every craft brewer should take to develop strong, protectable, trademarks and to avoid costly trademark disputes. The craft beer...more

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