Articles by: Gina Conklin

DP&F’s Bahaneh Hobel to present at the California Craft Brewers Association Conference

Bahaneh Hobel, head of DP&F’s Alcohol Beverage group, will be presenting on “Beer Festivals” at the California Craft Brewers Association Conference in San Diego, CA on May 22, 2017.  For more information, please visit http://www.californiacraftbeer.com.

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DP&F to Present at 2017 Mendocino Winegrowers Summit: “What You Need to Know to Drive Success in 2017 and Beyond”

DP&F’s Labor and Employment Partners, Gregory Walsh and Jennifer Douglas Phillips will be presenting at the Mendocino Winegrowers Summit on Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center in Ukiah, California. Their presentation will focus on immigration, overtime, minimum wage and other regulatory issues. For more information, please visit mendowine.com or click here to […]

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L&E Section Brown Bag: Searching for Solid Footing on Shifting Sands: Counseling Employers in Uncertain Times

DP&F’s Labor & Employment Group partners Gregory Walsh and Jennifer Douglas Phillips will be hosting a Labor and Employment Section Brown Bag Seminar “Searching for Solid Footing on Shifting Sands: Counseling Employers in Uncertain Times,” sponsored by the Sonoma County Bar Association on April 19, 2017 from from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   This seminar will be eligible […]

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Stella Rosa Trumpets Pyrrhic Trade Dress “Victory” Over Constellation

Plaintiff San Antonio Winery, Inc. (“SAW”) filed suit against Constellation Brands last August in the Central District of California, alleging trademark infringement, false designation of origin, and unfair competition due to Constellation’s promotion and sale of fizzy, low-alcohol, sweet (“FLAS”) red wine under the mark ROSATELLO. SAW claims trademark rights in the mark STELLA ROSA […]

Seller’s Disclosure Obligation Further Expanded

Sellers of single-family residential real property in California are required by law to provide a real estate transfer disclosure statement, with certain limited exceptions. The contents of this disclosure are specificed by law. (California Civil Code, Section 1102.) Beginning July 1, 2014, a seller’s disclosure obligation in connection with the sale of a single-family (one […]

Adjoining Landowners

Under California law, adjoining landowners, those with properties contiguous or in contact with each other, share equally the responsibility for maintaining boundaries and monuments between them. Adjoining landowners are actually presumed to share an equal benefit from any fence dividing their respective properties, and unless otherwise agreed in writing, are also presumed to be equally […]

Good News for Homeowners Requiring Flood Insurance

On March 4, 2014, the United States House of Representatives, in a 306 to 91 vote, passed H.R. 3370 aimed at scaling back the grossly escalated premiums for government-sponsored  flood insurance.  Supporters of the legislation applaud this action saying it will stem the effects of the ill-conceived increase in premiums and reinvigorate real estate markets […]

A Bullet Dodged

In February 2013 AB 1164, known as the California Fair Paycheck Act, was introduced. The Bill, if passed, would allow an employee, or an entity including a governmental agency on behalf of the employee, provided that agency was to receive a portion of the compensation payable, to record and enforce a wage lien upon an […]

North Coast Environmental Groups Issue Warning that Frost Protection Activities May Violate the Endangered Species Act

California River Watch, Coast Action Group, and Forest Unlimited have issued the attached letter to North Coast vineyard owners and operators that divert water for agricultural purposes in the North Coast. The letter warns that water diversions for frost protection could result in the “take” of threatened and endangered salmonids in north coast streams, not […]

North Coast Environmental Groups Issue Warning that Frost Protection Activities May Violate the Endangered Species Act

California River Watch, Coast Action Group, and Forest Unlimited have issued the attached letter to North Coast vineyard owners and operators that divert water for agricultural purposes in the North Coast. The letter warns that water diversions for frost protection could result in the “take” of threatened and endangered salmonids in north coast streams, not […]

Exporting Wine to China Seminar – Part II

New Chinese Trademark Law – Effective May 1, 2014 For decades, China has been criticized for shielding “trademark hijackers” – individuals or entities who have registered well known U.S. marks in China despite having no affiliation with that brand. If a winery failed to apply for their trademark in China often it was not too […]

Cal Bar CLE Event for Attorneys at Kendall-Jackson

2.0 units of general MCLE sponsored by LaRiviere, Grubman & Payne, Monterey,CA. Friday, December 6th, 9:30-2:30 The California State Bar Agribusiness Committee’s annual Winery Tour will start at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens in Santa Rosa, California and we will visit a nearby wine production facility and vineyard.  Following the tour, attendees will enjoy a lunch […]

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Jeff Dodd Joins DP&F Land Use Group

Jeff Dodd was sworn into the California bar today by Judge Rodney Stone of the Napa Superior Court.  Jeff is the newest attorney to join Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty and will be practicing in the firm’s Land Use and Litigation departments. Jeff is a 2013 graduate of McGeorge Law School and earned his undergraduate degree […]

International Wine Law Educational Session Friday in Santa Cruz

International Wine Law Educational Session Friday in Santa Cruz This Friday. November 22, 2013, the International Wine Law Association and Continuing Education of the Bar California (CEB) will be sponsoring an educational session for wine industry professionals and attorneys on legal topics related to the international and domestic wine trade.  The conference will take place […]

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Wine Industry Forum, Friday, August 23, 2013 The Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Plan to attend to receive the latest legal updates impacting the wine industry.  Learn from leading lawyers in the wine industry. Every Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty (DP&F) attorney in every practice group works daily with wine industry clients. Learn the latest in creating, protecting and building equity in your wine brands, adopting and clearing a […]

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E-Verify Requirements for Farm Labor Likely to Increase Following Supreme Court Decision

E-Verify is the federal government’s electronic employment verification system. It is an Internet-based system that allows an employer, using information reported on an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to determine the eligibility of that employee to work in the United States. The E-Verify system is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership […]

The Fair Treatment of Farmworkers Act: A Game Changer for Agricultural Employers

While many employers have focused their attention on the stalled Employee Free Choice Act over the past few years, another more targeted bill has quietly made its way through the California legislature. Senate Bill 104, the “Fair Treatment of Farmworkers Act,” would effectively eliminate secret ballot elections for organizing farmworkers by creating a “card check” […]