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2019 Employee Payroll and Reimbursement Changes

The New Year brings change, and there is no exception for employers.  With the transition into 2019, it is time to take note of a few key changes that will affect how you pay and reimburse your employees.  There are other new employment laws that we will post about after the first, but these key […]

UPDATE: NAPA COUNTY ADOPTS NEW WINERY USE PERMIT COMPLIANCE RESOLUTION

At the December 4, 2018 Napa County Board of Supervisors meeting, the supervisors present voted unanimously to adopt the new code compliance resolution.  Most notably, wineries that know they are in violation of current entitlements have until March 29, 2019 to submit an application to remedy existing violations in order to take advantage of the […]

Key Takeaways from Joint Senate & Assembly Hearing on California’s Wine Industry

The California Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry and Committee on Governmental Organization and the California Assembly’s Select Committee on Wine and Committee on Governmental Organization held a joint hearing in San Diego on Thursday, November 29, 2018.  Jacob Appelsmith, the Director of the California Department of Alcohol & Beverage Control (“ABC”), and other […]

Napa County Nearing Adoption of New Winery Compliance Policy; NVV Releases Issue Brief

The Napa County Board of Supervisors has been considering a resolution that would impose a number of deadlines and compliance requirements for existing winery use permits.  The Napa Valley Vintners has published an informative Issue Brief  discussing the highlights of the proposed resolution.  In addition to the NVV issue brief, we encourage you to read […]

Winery Websites and ADA Compliance

The recent news of lawsuits filed against New York wineries has caused industry members to ask if they face any litigation risk if their websites are not accessible to people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  The answer is “maybe.”  There is considerable ambiguity in the law as to which companies are […]

In Memory…

A year ago, we lost our colleague and great friend, Greg Walsh.  Greg died of a heart attack at age 42.  At DP&F, we have been celebrating Greg’s memory in many ways over this last year, and this week we honored Greg by holding a CPR training at our Napa office.  We were fortunate to […]

A Bridge too Far for Granholm? Florida Importer Challenges California Three-Tier System

A Florida-based wine  importer is hoping to shake up the California three-tier system.  If successful, any importer or wholesaler in the U.S. may be permitted to sell directly to California retailers. Earlier this year, Orion Wine Imports, LLC filed a lawsuit against the director of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control arguing that licensed […]

Monterey County Wines Subject to New Conjunctive Labeling Requirements

Are you planning on bottling and labeling any wines with the name of a Monterey County AVA in the new year?  Then you’ll need to comply with a new conjunctive labeling requirement.  See Cal. Business and Professions Code Sec. 25247. In 2015, the state legislature passed a law requiring wine labeled with the name of an […]

International Wine Law Conference Comes to Napa

DPF’s Richard Mendelson and Scott Gerien presented at the International Wine Law Association‘s annual conference held in Napa this past week.  During the two day conference, wine law experts from around the world addressed key issues that impact the wine industry, including climate change, regulatory enforcement, international trade barriers, and mergers and acquisitions (click here for […]

Katja Loeffelholz to Present at Oct. 12 California Women Lawyers In-House Counsel Retreat

DPF’s Katja Loeffelholz will be presenting on a panel called “A Year of Resilience:  True Stories of Napa Valley Businesses Affected by the 2017 Napa/Sonoma Fires.”  The Program Retreat will be held at the Meritage Resort and Spa on October 12, 2018, and will include the opportunity to network with a diverse group of women in-house […]

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