In our last post we talked about legislative efforts to put an end to Connecticut’s minimum pricing laws which critics say make Connecticut retailers less competitive in the market than those in neighboring states.  Under the controversial law, liquor distributors in Connecticut must give the same price to all retailers, regardless of volume. Likewise, retailers […]

The owner of Day Wines in Dundee, Oregon has filed a lawsuit to attempt to shut down production of a Sonoma County Zinfandel marketed under a label that reads, “Day,” based on the claim that it creates confusion among customers. In trademark law, a party can be barred from using a brand name that is […]

Most of us have seen the ads – claiming deep discounts on a product for a limited time.  One such wine reseller – Wines Til Sold Out – is facing claims in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey that it defrauded customers by offering wines for discounted prices that were not based on the wines’ true value. WTSO was […]

Jeffry Hill, a former vintner in Napa Valley, plead not guilty last week in Federal Court to eight charges of mail and wire fraud. Mail fraud is any attempt to commit some type of fraud using the United States Postal Service or private commercial interstate mail carrier. Wire fraud, similarly, involves a scheme to defraud […]

In late May, a federal grand jury in Maryland indicted Republic National Distribution Company, LLC and its three employees on charges of wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering. If convicted the three employees could each face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Further the Government seeks forfeiture of funds […]

Parties to an eight-year legal battle will now wait until March to resolve their dispute. The plaintiffs, two couples from North Jersey and two out-of-state wineries, agreed with the defendant, the state, and intervenor liquor wholesale companies that they would rather have the legislature solve the problem than the judiciary. If lawmakers cannot agree on […]

One True Vines, the company who operates several wineries in California and sells its wine under the “Layer Cake” brand, sued Massachusetts-based Liquor Brands, an import company, accusing them of trade dress infringement and false designation of origin under state and federal law. True Vines alleges that Liquid Brands’ new wine, sold under the “Cigar Box” […]

The Supreme Court this week denied the petition for writ of certiorari filed by the plaintiffs in Wine Country Gift Baskets.com v. Steen, a case that centers on Texas’ direct shipping laws. The plaintiffs, a coalition of non-Texas wine retailers and Texas consumers, had hoped that the Supreme Court would bring a definitive end to […]