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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

Food and Beverage News and Trends

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Citizen petition filed for hummus standard of identity. A citizen’s...more

Nevada’s AG Reminds Retailers, Wholesalers and Suppliers: Comply with Alcohol Beverage Laws

On January 30, 2014 the State of Nevada Attorney General’s Office issued an open letter to all retailers, wholesalers and suppliers of alcohol beverages in Nevada reminding them of their legal obligation to comply with the...more

Party Hosts (and Their Insurers) Beware - An Entry Fee to Cover Costs May Expose You to Liability

Trying to have a party on a budget, albeit an underage party with alcohol, the host required a cover charge to help cover the costs of the party. Both the trial court and the Court of Appeal agreed that this was not a sale of...more

South By Southwest Deaths Highlight Alcohol Issues For Texas Restaurants

Three people are now confirmed dead in the recent car crash tragedy at South By Southwest. According to an article by Quita Culpepper from KVUE.com, these people were “injured on Thursday, March 13 outside The Mohawk when...more

Proposed FDA Labeling Revisions Would Impact Wines Below 7 Percent ABV and Certain Non-Malt Beers

On March 3, 2014, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that, if and when finalized, would make important changes to the labeling of all foods subject to FDA’s primary labeling...more

Michigan’s BYOB Wine Legislation Now In Effect

After considerable anticipation, House Bill 5046, one of three pieces of legislation regulating Michigan liquor licensees that was approved in late 2013, is scheduled to take effect the week of March 10, 2014....more

Michigan Legislature Loosens Restrictions on Microbreweries

The Michigan Legislature passed long-awaited changes to Michigan’s alcohol laws with overwhelming support on Wednesday, and the bills are expected to be signed by the Gov. Rick Snyder. These changes will allow Michigan’s...more

I’ll Have CRISTAL With Some Ice, Please

Does the thought of Cristal with ice sound weird to you? Yeah, it did to me too – until I went to Mexico. I am not a discerning champagne purchaser, but I’m familiar with a few well-known champagne brands like Moet,...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - March 2014

Italy: Opportunities for DTT frequencies in the Italian market - The Italian Ministry for Economic Development has started a competitive bid for three national DTT frequencies. Australia: Senate scrutinises state of...more

UK: New Controls on Alcohol Sponsorship

Alcohol brands have had a historic association with sports sponsorship, but stricter regulation in Europe has been on a steady incline. 31 January 2014 saw the introduction by the Portman Group of the UK’s new Code of...more

The "ABCs" Of California Booze Law

Do you want to be part of the booze business in California? Or do you already have a liquor license but are unclear on what you're allowed to do? We're here to help. Originally Published in Krost, Baumgarten, Kniss &...more

Bungle in the Beer Tapper Jungle?

The Sports Bar in the Mirage Resort & Casino, located in Las Vegas, Nevada, is currently sporting a pretty interesting collection of tap beers, from left to right: Bud Light, Goose Island Honker’s Ale, Stella Artois,...more

Duckhorn Sues Sutter Home over Duck Commander Wine Trademark

The webbed feet of the wine world are preparing for battle in the wine trademark infringement wars. Wine labels Duckhorn and Duck Commander are on the battlefield, as they square off over use of a duck and the word “duck” for...more

Alcohol At Sports Venues Can Spell Liability For Vendors

As any New Jersey personal injury attorney can tell you, spectators at sporting events assume an element of risk. If you attend a pro baseball game, for instance, you generally assume the inherent risk of being smacked with a...more

Recent Alcohol Liability Decision Focuses on Insurance Policy Terms

A December 16, 2013 federal appeals court decision on alcohol liability coverage provides an important reminder to industry members to carefully review the terms of their insurance policies....more

Liquor Stores Held Liable To Victims Of Drunk Drivers

Washington has a dram shop statute that states, "[n]o person shall sell liquor to any person apparently under the influence of liquor." Statutory violations are "punishable by a fine of not more than $500 as well as separate...more

Beer Distribution Law - December 2013

Large Southern California Distributor Acquired By Reyes - Consolidation continues in the beer distribution business. The number of distributors in the US has dropped by about 1200 since 1980 to around 3200, although...more

Federal Appeals Court Rules That Insurer Has No Duty To Defend Maker Of Alcohol Stimulant Drink

Back in 2005, three students at the Ohio State University developed a drink they called “Four Loko,” which contains alcohol, caffeine, taurine and guarana. Four people have sued the makers of “Four Loko,” contending that the...more

Ofcom, ASA and BCAP: The Review of Rules to Protect Children from Alcohol Advertising on TV

On 17 December 2013, Ofcom published an exchange of letters between its Chief Executive, Ed Richards, Chief Executive of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), Guy Parker, and Chairman of the Broadcast Committee of...more

Eight Tips for a Problem-Free Office Holiday Celebration

‘Tis the season for office holiday parties which, unfortunately, are often fraught with labor and employment issues. A wild office party akin to a “Mad Men”-esque soirée may have unfortunate legal consequences for an employer...more

Employment Law 101: Holiday Parties

Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: This one is pretty straight forward. It applies to all employers contemplating any type of holiday gathering for its staff. What are the legal issues: Holiday parties...more

Spiked Egg Nog and the Human Response: Avoiding Holiday Party Mishaps

Like festive lights and bow-wrapped luxury cars, ‘tis the season for horror stories from company holiday parties. Office holiday parties are a cherished tradition and a nice way for companies to thank their employees for a...more

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