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[Webinar] Hotel Liquor Licensing - September 27th, 10:00am PST

Join DWT Partner Matt LeMaster and Associate Jeff Giametta for this webinar where they will provide practical advice for dealing with the ins and outs of retail and hotel liquor licensing, including acquisition diligence,...more

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Announces First License Auction

An interesting part of Pennsylvania’s Act 39 of 2016 (“Act 39”) has finally started to come to fruition. On September 13, 2016, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“PLCB”) issued a Press Release regarding the long...more

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

Four Common Breaches of UAE Law

There are some rules and regulations that exist within the UAE Federal Code that residents of the country are unaware of. Hassan Elhais, Legal Consultant in Dubai, Femina ME’s guest columnist, tells us more....more

RAMP Under Act 39 of 2016: Who is Required to Complete Server/Seller Training

As you may be aware, Act 39 of 2016 (“Act 39”) took effect on August 8, 2016, and it brought with it much confusion with regard to the many aspects of the Liquor Code. One area that has brought the most confusion is with Act...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

States Are Popping the Cap on ‘High Alcohol Beer’: Ohio Lawmakers Authorize Brewers to Increase Alcohol by Volume

Several state lawmakers have increased the alcohol by volume (ABV) caps on beer production in recent years, and now, craft brewers in Ohio will also have the opportunity to brew “high alcohol beer.” With House Bill 37, which...more

Texas Court Strikes Down Prohibition on Payments for Brand Rights

Late last week, a district judge in Texas declared unconstitutional under the Texas Constitution a provision of the state’s Beer Industry Fair Dealing Law (i.e., the beer “franchise” law) that expressly prohibits a brewer...more

Uncorked: Act 39 of 2016 Expands Wine Sales in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania wine enthusiasts rejoiced when, on June 8, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law PA House Bill 1690, now known as Act 39 of 2016 ("Act 39"). Act 39 made sweeping changes to Pennsylvania's Liquor Code, loosening...more

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: Wine, Vodka and a Little Karaoke

Copyright Opinions - Eleventh Circuit Seeks Florida High Court's Guidance on Pre-1972 Sound Recordings: Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc., No. 15-13100 (11th Cir. June 29, 2016) - Anderson, J. In a suit...more

Table for Two: Food and Beverage Industries Face Common Challenges

Seeing the explosive growth of craft breweries, a long-time coffee producer considers expanding into the lucrative beer market. That migration to craft-beer production is part of a growing wave. Across the U.S., one to...more

The TTAB Delivers Another Blow to the Beer Industry in Denying Registration for Home Brewing Co.

Beer companies have been hit hard lately when trying to register trademarks. As recently reported on our liquor blog, a beer distributor was denied registration of a logo that featured a skyscraper resembling the Empire...more

Convenience Stores and Grocery Markets: Are You Ready to Sell Wine To Go?

As many Pennsylvania residents are now aware, on June 8, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1690 into law. More commonly known as Act 39, it becomes effective just days away – on August 8....more

Craft Brewers Scrap Over Catchy Names

The craft-beer industry is running low on names. There are more than 4,600 craft breweries in the U.S. – California leading the nation with over 500, according to the Brewer’s Association....more

The 95-year hangover: What R v Comeau means for Canadian internal trade

The recent New Brunswick Provincial Court decision of R v. Comeau1 illustrates how one man seeking cheaper beer may create huge uncertainty in the laws governing inter-provincial trade of alcoholic beverages. In this case,...more

Brewery Count Reaches Historic High

Craft brewers are still growing, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. American craft beer...more

Unfair Competition in the Wine Industry

California counties are increasingly using California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) to bring government enforcement actions against local businesses for myriad reasons. California’s UCL is extremely broad, encompassing...more

Trademarks in Building Designs

Think twice before including a landmark building on your product packaging. That’s the lesson of a recent case in the U.S. Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”). There the applicant, a producer of...more

Act 39 of 2016: RAMP and Surcharge Changes Applicable to all License Holders - NMM Liquor Law Blog

On June 13, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law House Bill 1690, otherwise known as Act 39 of 2016, which is considered one of the most significant liquor reform bills since Prohibition. Today’s blog, a continuation of our...more

Liquor Control Board Weighs in on Alcohol Law Changes in Pennsylvania

Of particular interest to Pennsylvania residents and those doing business in the Commonwealth is the focus on expanding the location and availability of alcohol beyond traditional licensees. A month after Act 39 of 2016...more

(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

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