LEX VINI

How to Deal with License Transfer Issues in the Sale of a Winery

As if there aren’t enough things to worry about when purchasing a winery – due diligence, seller demands, financing hassles – there’s the confusing matter of federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) and California Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) winery licensing compliance to grapple with.  Buyers want to get down to business as […]

Gallo Drops the Bomb, Sues Grenade Energy Drink Co. for EL GALLO and EL GALLITO Trademarks

E & J Gallo Winery (Gallo) has sued Grenade Beverage LLC (Grenade) for trademark infringement seeking an injunction as well as monetary damages.  Gallo owns federal trademark registrations for GALLO covering wines.  Gallo also utilizes a rooster on its wine label.  In addition to wine, Gallo sells other alcoholic beverages such as brandy, tequila, vodka, […]

NYSLA Revises Proposed Advisory re "Limited Availability" Sales

Earlier this week the New York State Liquor Authority (“NYSLA”) revised it’s proposed advisory regarding wholesaler and importer’s ability to allocate “limited availability” alcohol beverage products.  We have created a redline highlighting the changes made to the earlier version of the advisory.On Wednesday, July 17, the NYSLA Board held a hearing to discuss the proposed […]

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