Wisconsin SC finds “good cause” isn’t required to terminate wine distribution agreements

The Governor of Wisconsin has a partial veto power that comes from the state constitution which allows for striking portions of bills to create entirely new (and even contrary) legislation from a bill that’s presented. (Wisconsin Cons. Article V, Section 10). Apparently this power was used to such effect that in 1990 the State Constitution […]

Goose Island scores win in action over refunds for “off” Bourbon County from 2015

Goose Island recently scored a win in Federal District Court Massachusetts where it achieved the dismissal of a class action brought by two Bourbon County Brand Stout purchasers who bought BCBS and variants from the 2015 year that was part of the bad batch fiasco for which Goose Island instituted a refund program. Those looking […]

Tied-House Challenge To Allow Alcohol Advertising Payments to Retailers Has Oral Argument In Front of En Banc 9th Circuit – Here’s a Live Link!

Officially, you can view 9th Circuit oral arguments here the day after they occur.  But that’s really not good enough, is it.  So here is a Youtube Link to be able to watch the Courtroom Session as it occurs.  The arguments are set for 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time today. In case you’ve had your head […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Watch out – Court holds craft producers can be sued in foreign jurisdictions where they don’t sell just by linking to other websites that sell their products there

Craft producers from breweries and distilleries to cheese and sausage makers should sit up and take notice of this recent opinion out of the Western District of Michigan.  The case involves a run of the mill trademark dispute between Mor-Dall Enterprises (the company behind Dark Horse Brewing out in Marshall, MI) and Dark Horse Distillery […]

A call for analyzing the 3-tiered system? NJ Court says alcohol regulations need to be revisited in light of changing conditions

There’s an quote from Justice Holmes’ The Path of the Law that goes “[i]t is revolting to have no better reason for a rule of law than that so it was laid down in the time of Henry IV. It is still more revolting if the grounds upon which it was laid down have vanished […]