alcohol-money January 16

Brewers, Vintners, and Distillers Get Your Money Back! (or hold on to it longer) – Federal Bond Requirements and Tax Payment Timing Changed for Small Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries

The TTB’s new temporary rule, T.D. TTB-146 removes the bond requirements for breweries, wineries and distilleries that don’t pay more than $50,000 in excise taxes within the calendar year and that didn’t pay more than $50,000 in the prior calendar year.  If your winery, distillery, or brewery fits, the bill, you can amend your notice/registration […]

winery-shipper January 13

New Amendments to Illinois Wine Shipper’s License Allows Third-parties to Direct Ship Wine to Customers After Registering as Agents of Licensee’s

While Illinois residents aren’t much closer to finally being able to receive direct shipments from Kermit Lynch (except to the extent that wonderful man sells anything from U.S. wineries).  The provisions of new amendments to Illinois Wine Shipper’s license have made it easier for wineries to have third-parties appointed to ship on their behalf. Public […]

absinthe-poster January 12

Is Your Label Protected? Label Art Copyright Can Provide Some Added Protection Where Trademark Might Fail

Château Mouton Rothschild exemplifies the trend of label “as” art, perhaps even to the point of rendering itself a unique example of label = art through the use of the most “celebrated artists of their day” on its wine labels.  Many companies traditionally understand that trademark law affords them an exceptional tool in protecting their […]

import-export-alcohol January 11

TTB Finalizes Rule For Brewers, Vintners, Distillers, and Others Regarding Import / Export Procedures

Get ready to use a single interface for all your import/export filing requirements. The rule, entitled Amendments To Streamline Importation of Distilled Spirits, Wine, Beer, Malt Beverages, Tobacco Products, Processed Tobacco, and Cigarette Papers and Tubes and Facilitate Use of the International Trade Data System (linked), governs use and implementation of the International Trade Data […]

beer-distribution-agreement January 09

Brewers Seek Distributor Termination in Ohio Lawsuit That Could Result in Important Legal Interpretation Regarding Beer Distribution Agreements and Franchise Laws

There are a few interesting cases winding their way through the courts in 2017 that will have a large impact on trade practice laws and issues related to the three-tiered system.  One in particular is getting briefed for argument at the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Great Lakes and Boston Beer are involved in a […]

stout January 04

Court Issues Instructive Trademark Decision as Brooklyn Brewery Wins Injunction Against Black Ops Brewing Over “Black Ops” Trademark Row

Not every beverage you make will become a brand in itself.  Often, nothing you make will become more famous than your company name.  But for some reason stouts aged in bourbon barrels are notorious for having their names get the shorthand treatment and become famous – Bourbon County, Dark Lord, Dragon’s Milk, even to initials […]

city-marketing-lights-night December 23

More Famous Than Your Lawyers? Why Are You Letting Them Put Your Brand on Their Website Without Compensation?

Do your vendors advertise that they work with you?  How about vendors you haven’t worked with in over a years? Chances are it’s a much greater boon to them (which is, of course, why they want your logo on their website) than it is to you. Your lawyers, accountants, advertising agencies and other vendors use […]

commerce-review December 21

Sell Food & Drinks Online? – Better Check Your Terms of Service as Consumer Review Fairness Act Becomes Law

If you sell products online, chances are you’ve got terms of service that you’ve probably put in place and completely forgotten.  But just in time for the New Year, the ever-evolving world of e-commerce and consumer rights is asking you dust them off and ensure you’re not in violation of a new Federal Protection for […]