Wine & Alcohol

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(TAP)ping into the NJ Craft Brewery Market

One of the most challenging circumstances our clients face is having spent hundreds of thousands of dollars finding a suitable building for brewing and fitting out their new space, and the start of operating costs, meanwhile...more

What You Need to Know About the New Liquor Law

The law removes certain restrictions on the hours during which Pennsylvania Liquor Stores can sell alcohol, instead giving the Board the discretion to determine the appropriate hours for retail sales. For example,...more

North Carolina Legislature Adjourns for 2016 with No Major Changes to ABC Laws

The North Carolina General Assembly adjourned for 2016 with no major changes to North Carolina’s alcohol laws. North Carolina legislation that allows wine shippers to file excise tax reports on an annual basis, rather...more

Pennsylvania Revisits its Age-Old Liquor Laws

On June 8, 2016, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill into law that will broaden the liquor laws in the state. Scheduled to go into effect in early August 2016, the bill contains something for a broad range of...more

Less Whine, More Wine: HB 1690 Loosens Restrictions on Direct to Consumer Shipping for Wineries

On June 13, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law House Bill 1690, which is considered one of the more significant liquor reform bills in Pennsylvania since Prohibition. Today’s blog is a continuation of our series that...more

New Changes to Florida Beverage Laws Started July 1st

Changes to Florida’s Beverage Laws have drawn attention and controversy over recent years as groups ranging from small craft breweries to major retail vendors have lobbied for legislative amendments to the State’s...more

A Duel Over DUO Leaves Only Uno

The never-ending battle at the Trademark Office over trademarks for beer and wine suffered another casualty last week, this time over the mark DUO. Applicant Uinta Brewing Company filed a use-based application to register...more

MAYA And MAYARI Are Not Confusingly Similar When Used On Wine

The Federal Circuit has upheld the findings of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that use of the marks MAYA and MAYARI on wine is not likely to cause confusion. Oakville Hills Cellar, Inc. vs. Georgallis Holdings, LLC,...more

Grapes, Girls and Goddesses: Federal Circuit Affirms MAYARI Trademark Registration For Wine

In our annual Trademark Year in Wine and Beer, we discussed Oakville Hills Cellar v. Georgallis Holdings LLC, in which the application of Georgallis (doing business as Kissos Wines) to register MAYARI for wine was opposed by...more

Barflies or Worker Bees: Alcohol at Work, What’s the Deal?

Seyfarth Synopsis: Is the glass half full (of perks) or half empty (with liabilities) for employers who serve alcohol in the workplace? Various California laws implicate the practice of providing alcohol for employees at...more

New Pennsylvania HB 1690: The Cidery Dilemma

As promised, I will continue to outline nuances of the new changes to the Pennsylvania Liquor Code and choices that consumers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers can make. HB 1690 will become effective in early August...more

Food & Beverage Alert: Compromise Reached on NY Brunch Bill

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has reached a compromise with state legislators that will allow restaurants and bars to serve alcohol on Sunday mornings, starting at 10 a.m. In addition, restaurants and bars outside New York...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

Big Changes Coming to Pennsylvania's Alcoholic Beverage Market

On June 8, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law the first major overhaul of the Commonwealth’s Liquor Code since the end of Prohibition. Wolf heralded the measure as enhancing customer convenience while providing...more

HAVANA CLUB: Where’s the Rum Gone?

You’d probably assume no TTAB proceedings originated in 1995 remain active, but the HAVANA CLUB dispute has some serious staying power. As U.S.-Cuba relations unthaw, one particular trademark battle is also returning to...more

Proposed New North Carolina Law Would Allow Distilleries to Sell Direct to Consumers Outside the State at the Distiller’s Price

North Carolina House Bill 169, the Regulatory Reduction Act of 2016, proposes to authorize North Carolina distilleries to “better complete nationally and internationally” through two important changes: (1) increasing the cap...more

Proposed New North Carolina Law Would Modify Annual Permit Registration Fees for Beer and Wine

North Carolina Senate Bill 833 proposes to reduce the annual registration fees paid by persons holding malt beverage, fortified wine, and unfortified wine permits in North Carolina. Currently, these beer and wine permit...more

The Capitol Update - June 2016

Ending with more of a groan than a whimper, the members of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded a difficult 2016 session on June 2. Members left Hartford after confronting for the third time in six years State budget...more

Christmas Comes Early for the Pennsylvania Liquor Industry: Governor Wolf Signs Liquor Modernization Bill into Law

Christmas has come early in 2016 for the Pennsylvania wine, liquor and malt or brewed beverage industry: on June 8, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1690 in law. While the bill does not provide for the privatization of the...more

Worth Another Look: Liquor Reform

Much to the frustration of Pennsylvania liquor consumers, wine and spirits are only available for purchase at state-run liquor stores. The system, often described as irritating, antiquated and inconvenient, has been at the...more

Unintentional Felonies Every CEO Needs to Know About

Heads-up! That bottle of chardonnay you plan on sending to your top client could land you in hot water with the Federal Government. The CEO of any company—large or small—needs to be conscious of business decisions...more

Cook County Circuit Court Dismisses 201 False Claims Act Lawsuits

At a hearing yesterday, Cook County Circuit Judge James Snyder granted the State of Illinois’ (State) Motion to Dismiss 201 Illinois False Claims Act (FCA) cases filed by the law firm of Stephen B. Diamond, PC (Relator)...more

Growlers, Howlers, and More: Navigating the Licensure of a Brewery in Rhode Island

Amongst beer enthusiasts, craft beers have become increasingly popular throughout the country in the past decade. With the efforts of local brew enthusiasts, Rhode Island has actively sought to reduce the licensing...more

Discounting Alcoholic Beverages

Happy hours, daily drink specials, and promotions are popular incentives used by retail licensees to attract business, remain competitive, and satisfy their customers’ expectations. In implementing these practices, however,...more

Alcohol Trademarks of the 1800’s: California Uncorks the Past

For the last two years, we have published the Trademark Year in Wine and Beer, a catalogue of each year’s trademark disputes in the alcoholic beverage industry. That is why we were extra excited on April 21, 2016 when the...more

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