Author: Ashley Brandt

Hi there! I’m happy you’re here. My name is Ashley Brandt and I’m an attorney in Chicago representing clients in the Food and Beverage, Advertising, Media, and Real Estate industries. A while back I kept getting calls and questions from industry professionals and attorneys looking for advice and information on a fun and unique area of law that I’m lucky enough to practice in. These calls represented a serious lack of, and need for, some answers, news, and information on the legal aspects of marketing and media. I've got this deep seeded belief that information should be readily available and that the greatest benefit from the information age is open access to knowledge... so ... this blog seemed like the best way to accomplish that. I enjoy being an attorney and it’s given me some amazing opportunities, wonderful experiences, and an appreciation and love for this work. I live in Chicago and work at an exceptional law firm, Goldstein & McClintock, with some truly brilliant people. Feel free to contact me at any time with any issues, comments, concerns… frankly, after reading this far, I hope you take the time to at least let me know what you think about the blog and how I can make it a better resource.
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What the new Illinois “of value” regulations say about tap takeovers and donations to charitable causes. (Illinois’s new “of value” standards Part 3.)

You can read and download the full text of the of new Illinois “of value” regulations here. In our first part of this series...

first amendment beer label
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Why craft brewer’s 1st Amendment lawsuit over the lack of COLAs during the shutdown is necessary and you should thank them; and how it might have been avoided.

In this article by the Washington Times on the matter (and in the complaint and motion) the owner confirmed that this is about their...

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Updated: Oral Argument Transcript. It’s Byrd Day – 100 years to the day after the ratification of the 18th Amendment. Check back for oral argument transcripts this afternoon.

Exactly 100 years after the ratification of the 18th Amendment and one day before the 99th anniversary of the enactment of prohibition, the United...

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Winery cannot avoid contractual forum selection provision in dispute with distributor – a good clause lets you choose where a suit or arbitration will take place

A little background on this dispute. Westside Winery, Inc., contracted with Pasternak Wine Imports LLC (“Pasternak”), making Pasternak the sole distributor and marketing agent...

Sans Culottes - Alcohol beverage labels that were subject of First Amendment Challenge
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Are portions of the Federal Regulations and the Federal Alcohol Administration Act governing alcohol labeling and advertising FUCT?

The Supreme Court just granted cert in the Patent and Trademark Office’s appeal of In re Brunetti, 877 F.3d 1330 (Fed. Circ. 2017). It’s...