Chris Leslie, GC of Hitachi Data Systems, Talks the Science & Art of Winemaking on @HsuUntied
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The Ska / DuClaw Trademark Dispute Over EUPHORIA, Trademark Lessons for the Craft Brewer
Craft Beer Boom in Michigan
Monitor Thy Drink: Alcohol Import Regulations Under the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau)
The 2015 Louisiana legislative session is over, so let’s check on the four-pack of bills and the proposed tax increase. HB132 would have required individuals consuming alcoholic beverages at commercial establishments to have...more
On June 19, 2015, House Bill 909 (now Session Law 2015-98) was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory, making considerable changes to North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) laws. The most notable changes concern...more
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 909 into law on June 19, 2015, which makes several significant changes to North Carolina alcoholic beverage control (“ABC”) laws. The bill includes changes to North...more
The recent market for artisanal and handcrafted goods has spawned a spate of consumer class actions against makers of popular liquors, including Tito’s Vodka, Maker’s Mark, and Jim Beam, for using terms like “handmade,”...more
On June 11, 2015, Senator Ron Wyden introduced the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, a bill that would promote continued job creation in the growing craft beverage, cider, wine and distillery industries...more
Legislation and Regulation -
What are the principal statutes regulating advertising generally?
The principal federal statute regulating advertising in Canada is the Competition Act, which is a law of general...more
This Week -
Senate Budget writers continued to meet privately throughout the week. Senate leadership sharply criticized the House budget surmising that it spends far too much, a roughly 6% overall increase in spending...more
The North Carolina Senate Finance Committee passed House Bill 909 on 27 May 2015, which would make several significant changes to North Carolina alcoholic beverage control (“ABC”) laws. The fourth edition of the bill...more
On May 5, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued guidance regarding travel between the United States and Cuba. In particular, the guidance clarifies that companies authorized to...more
The HBO show “Game of Thrones” is a popular show for nerds and non-nerds alike. And if you also happen to be a beer nerd, Brewery Ommegang has been making a series of Game of Thrones-inspired beers in a collaboration with...more
Plaintiffs’ class action attorneys tend to follow trends. They are a savvy breed of attorney, at once creative and lazy (or efficient, depending on one’s perspective). One attorney discovers a statute, claim, or industry, and...more
In a decision that will interest distillers and hipster connoisseurs of artisanal beverages alike, a district court in the Northern District of Florida has decided that Maker’s Mark can describe its whiskey as “handmade”...more
Could consumers have plausibly believed that one of the country’s top-selling bourbon brands is “handmade”? Not according to one federal district court in Florida, which recently dismissed a class action alleging Maker’s...more
In This Issue:
- RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS
..Court Dismisses in Part “Natural” Claims
..Court Enters Partial Dismissal of “Handmade” Claims
..Court Dismisses Injunctive Relief Claim Allows...more
In This Issue: Megatrends and Developments, Business Activity Taxes, Transaction Taxes, Other Issues...
A U.S Court of Appeals ruled in favor of MillerCoors finding the brewer did not violate its distribution agreement with a beer distributor or Pennsylvania's alcohol beverage laws when it (i) assigned distribution rights for...more
Mysterious to even many patent practitioners, plant patent issues create their own peculiar body of controlling case law. A recent Federal Circuit decision, Delano Farms v. The California Table Grape Commission, illustrates...more
Judge rejects consumer claim concerning evaporated cane juice -
On March 12, a US district judge in the Northern District of Illinois dismissed with prejudice a consumer lawsuit against the manufacturer of Healthy Grains...more
The State of Louisiana is facing a severe budget shortfall, and legislators are looking at all avenues to increase revenues. Unfortunately, alcoholic beverages provide an easy target and the state’s excise tax levied on...more
Legislators are back in Raleigh after a week off and it doesn’t look like anything has changed after the extra time they were given to reflect on the session. Just as we’ve seen before:
- There’s a new bill that would...more
In Ram’s Gate Winery, LLC v. Joseph G. Roche, et al. (No. A139189 & A141090, filed 4/9/15) (Ram’s Gate), the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District held the doctrine of merger did not extinguish a...more
Minnesota legislators resumed the 2015 session Tuesday with a full plate and six weeks remaining. Gov. Mark Dayton’s ambitious education and transportation spending proposals face serious challenges from the radically...more
The 2015 Louisiana legislative session starts on April 13, and the pre-filed bills have been pouring in over the past few days. Four of the pre-filed bills warrant special consideration for the craft beverage industry....more
Four California residents brought a lawsuit earlier this month against 28 wineries for producing, manufacturing or distributing wine in California that allegedly contains inorganic arsenic in amounts far in excess of what is...more
In this issue:
- Where did these cases come from?
- What are these cases about?
- Who is driving these cases?
- What are the Plaintiffs suing for?
- Who is a likely target?
- How can...more
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