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New TTB Final Rule Released on Denatured Alcohol

The new TTB Final Rule that was released in the Federal Register on August 20, 2016 will partially streamline the use of non-beverage alcohol products in the US. While statutory requirements do not permit TTB to completely...more

The Do’s and Don’ts of Growler Labeling

With growler sales getting more popular in Pennsylvania, we decided to examine the relevant federal and state laws with regard to the refilling of growlers if they do not bear the labeling of your licensed business. To...more

State Safe Harbor Doctrines: A Life Preserver from False Advertising Claims Facing Alcohol Manufacturers?

Food and beverage companies, beset by lawsuits about their product labels, struggle to find consistent application of consumer protection laws across the country. The experience of one distiller and its use of one word on its...more

Tied House Laws and Category Management: A Continuing Quandary

On March 16, the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published a list of frequently asked questions expanding further on a ruling issued in February on application of the federal “tied house law” to...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - March 2016

Regulatory Whack-a-Mole: A Renewed Focus on Non-Hazardous Waste Recycling - Why it matters - In part due to a string of high-profile enforcements in multiple states, retailers by and large have evaluated the need to...more

SWS/Kroger Category Management Program Toes the Line on “Tied House” Restrictions — TTB Ruling Raises as Many Questions as it...

On February 11, the TTB released ruling 2016-1 in response to beverage alcohol industry players and trade groups questioning an initiative by Kroger and Southern Wine & Spirits, which would reportedly require payment by...more

TTB Issues Ruling on Category Management under Federal Tied-House Statute

On February 12, 2016, the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) released TTB Ruling 2016-1 (Ruling), addressing category management practices. The Ruling seeks to clarify TTB’s position toward category management under...more

Recent Revisions to Internal Revenue Code Affecting Alcohol Beverages

In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). The PATH Act amends several provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC) administered by the Alcohol...more

Advertising Law - February 2016

Tensions Mount Prior to Contract Renewal Between Industry, SAG-AFTRA - The ad industry and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists plan to negotiate successor agreements to the current...more

TTB Publishes Projected Regulatory Agenda as Part of Government’s Unified Agenda

As it does twice per year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently published its projected Regulatory Agenda as part of the federal government’s “Unified Agenda.” Links to the U.S. Department of...more

TTB Publishes List of Exempt Ingredients

On December 17, 2015, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published Ruling 2015-1. It re-states and supersedes Ruling 2014-4, notably by adding more than 50 new ingredients that a brewer can use in beer without...more

MillerCoors Settles with TTB

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) hasaccepted a $450,000 offer in compromise from MillerCoors, LLC for alleged violations of the trade practice provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act....more

Makers’ Mark Two: Bourbon Distiller Slips another “Handmade” False Advertising Suit

In another blow to consumers that demand absolute rustic authenticity from their top-shelf bourbon purchases, a court in the Southern District of California has dismissed a false advertising class action against Maker’s Mark...more

Arsenic In Calif. Wine, But Is There A Problem?

A class action was filed in California Superior Court on March 19, 2015, Doris Charles et al. v. The Wine Group Inc. et al., case no. BC576061, that has raised a number of questions about the extent to which arsenic should be...more

A Handmade Dismissal for Maker’s Mark

A recent decision from the Southern District of California demonstrates the uphill battle consumer lawsuits face when challenging “handmade” or “handcrafted” labels on alcoholic beverages. On July 27, 2015, in Nowrouzi et...more

Advertising Law - August 2015 #2

FDA Wants to Pour Some Sugar on the Nutrition Label - Adding to the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label—the first tweaks in 20 years—the Food and Drug Administration has suggested yet another: adding the...more

The Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Frequently Asked Questions: Growlers

What are the concerns for filling a growler? A growler is either a bottle or a large glass. The distinction is solely dependent on the manner in which the brewer fills the container. When is a growler a bottle? A growler is a...more

TTB Publishes Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda with Plans and Goals for the Coming Year

Late last year, the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) published its semi-annual regulatory agenda in the Federal Register. The agenda provides useful insights into TTB’s regulatory plans and goals for the coming...more

Q&A Series: Class Action Litigation Has Focused On Claims By Spirits Producers on Labels, Websites, and In Marketing Campaigns

In some cases class action plaintiffs are making claims based on an allegedly incorrect statement on a label. Does TTB approval of a label protect a producer against claims based on the content of the label? TJC: There...more

Supreme Court to Decide Important Administrative Law Issue

On December 1, 2014, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case that will have significant implications for federal regulatory agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Alcohol...more

TTB Issues Expanded List of Allowable Changes to Approved Labels

On Monday, September 29 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued Industry Circular 2014-2, which expands the list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Alcohol Beverage Labels....more

New TTB FAQs on Sugar Claims

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) released new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning sugar claims made on labels and in advertising. The FAQs articulate, for the first time,...more

TTB Issues Ruling on Formulas for Beer

On June 5, 2014 the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued TTB Ruling 2014-4, exempting from TTB’s formula and pre-import approval (PIA) submission requirements beer made with dozens ingredients as well as...more

TTB Changes Course on Oregon's Wine Growler Law

On April 25, 2014, the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB), the federal agency that regulates and taxes alcohol producers, suspended a March 2014 wine growler ruling that would have unnecessarily required wineries and...more

TTB Permits Online Now Fully Electronic

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced that starting on April 28, 2014 industry members will no longer be required to submit original paper copies of bond and power of attorney forms with electronic...more

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