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West Virginia Upholds Disclaimer Based on Liquor Liability Exclusion

In its recent decision in Essex Ins. Co. v. Napple’s Bullpen, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97186 (N.D. W.Va. July 17, 2014), the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia had occasion to consider...more

Allied Domecq: Nexus-Combined Reporting

In Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines USA, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals held that the parent company of a Massachusetts taxpayer could not be included in the taxpayer’s Massachusetts...more

Open-Carriers Pose a Threat to Restaurants with Liquor Licenses

Regardless of their personal stance on any hot-button social issue, most business owners do not want their place of business to be the focus of demonstrations on that issue – wisely so, because rarely does being the focus of...more

Torts – Parents and Minor not Liable for Minor Guest’s Alcohol Poisoning Death

Steve Allen, et al. v. Wallace Liberman, et al. - Court of Appeal, Third District (June 18, 2014) - In this case, the Appellate Court applied social host immunity to exonerate defendant parents and their minor...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

Craft Beer Trademark Disputes: Too Much Trouble Brewing?

It seems like every week there is a new trademark dispute involving craft breweries. One need only check Beerpulse or Brewbound, two popular beer industry sites, to see many posts about craft beer trademark disputes. This...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

Gia Nother Wine Bottle Trademark

Combing through the USPTO’s recently approved non-verbal trademark registrations revealed this little gem with Francis Ford Coppola’s name on the label (but not claimed as part of the mark)...more

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Due Process Challenge to Liquor License Revocation

When a liquor licensee’s former manager is convicted of conspiring to violate the federal Money Laundering Act, can the licensee be summarily stripped of its liquor license, based upon the criminal trial transcript, a...more

An Export Plan Should Include the Consideration of U.S. Distribution Laws if Selling Into the United States Through Sales...

A Canadian or other foreign company looking to obtain a presence in the U.S. market without having to set up its own U.S. sales operation may consider using intermediariesn such as independent distributors and sales...more

Weekly Update from the SC State House - May 2014: The House joined the Senate for a Joint Assembly on Wednesday to elect a number...

Details from Each Chamber: HOUSE - The House worked through the Calendar this week, joining the Senate for a Joint Assembly on Wednesday to elect a number of judges. Tuesday, the House cleared some of their...more

Focused on Franchise Law - May 2014

FRANCHISOR 101: When is Unreasonable, Reasonable? Crown Imports, LLC (Crown) imports Corona beer from Mexico. In 2008, two of Crown's Southern California distributors, Classic and HBC, agreed that Classic would buy...more

One Too Many: Oregon "Privatizes" Sale of Liquor, With Which North Carolina Has Also Flirted

North Carolina is an alcoholic beverage control state, meaning it is one of 17 states with a monopoly over the retailing of distilled spirits. North Carolina is also a "local option" state, which means that county and...more

Growers Can Lien on Distressed Wineries

A lot goes into the making of great wine, and when a winery becomes financially unstable, there are a lot of competing interests that need to be satisfied, including the banks that provide the winery with financing, the...more

Weekly Update from the SC State House

Details from Each Chamber: HOUSE - The House worked through the Calendar this week, giving third reading to various bills on Tuesday. During the Majority Caucus meeting, the Speaker told the members that both...more

FDA Draws Criticism With Proposed FSMA Animal Feed Rule And Breweries

FDA's chief food safety inspector, Michael Taylor, recently stated that the agency has "no intention" of preventing breweries from giving spent beer grains to farmers for cattle feed. The FDA's proposed rule would have...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

The End Of Wining And Dining: Will The BAC Be Lowered To .05 Percent?

Nationwide, the blood alcohol level (BAL) or blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit has been set at .08 percent. This means that if you have a BAC of .08 percent or higher, you are legally intoxicated and it is unlawful for...more

Does Brewing Beer Positively Impact Society And The Environment?

California, like many other states, has enacted legislation allowing for the formation of benefit corporations. Cal. Corp. Code § 16400 et seq. Technically, a benefit corporation is a corporation formed under the General...more

Court Puts a Cork in Billionaire’s Punitive Damages Award In Counterfeit Wine Case

On March 31st, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York slashed a $12 million dollar punitive damages award to billionaire and oenophile William Koch in his lawsuit over counterfeit wine, finding the award – which...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Appears Skeptical of Due Process Challenge to Liquor License Revocation

The Illinois Supreme Court appeared skeptical of a due process challenge to revocation of a liquor license during the recent oral argument in WISAM 1, d/b/a Sheridan Liquors v. Illinois Liquor Control Commission. ...more

Getting Ahead of the Changing Legal Landscape Around Marijuana Use: Avoiding Nine Common Policy Mistakes

Once a policy that typically needed little attention or updating, the legalization of marijuana — even for the limited purpose of medical use — is throwing companies’ drug & alcohol use policies into the spotlight. ...more

Why California Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries Need to Know About California's New Industrial Storm Water Permit

On April 1, 2014, the California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) unanimously adopted a new Industrial Storm Water permit (2014 Permit). You can find the new Industrial Storm Water permit and supporting...more

Advertising News & Analysis - April 3, 2014

In this issue: - FTC Releases Fourth Major Study on Alcohol Advertising and Industry Compliance - Plaintiffs' Class Action Bar May Choke on POM Wonderful Decertification Decision - In CFPB Endorsement...more

Social Host Liable For Intoxicated Guest’s Accident

Faiez Ennabe, et al. v. Carlos Manosa, et al. (2014) 58 Cal.4th 697 - California Supreme Court (February 24, 2014)- In the Ennabe case, the California Supreme Court wrestled with the tangle of case law and...more

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