Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

Jan 2, 2015

Something Sneaky Happened On the Way to Direct Wine Shipping in Massachusetts

Something interesting happened on the way to direct shipping in Massachusetts. And no one knows who is responsible for it…..Riiiiiiight!!! Here’s what happened. The new direct shipping law in Massachusetts that lets consumers have American (but not French, Italian or any other foreign wines) shipped to them from out-of-state was put into the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which passed. Shipping (from wineries, not retailers) will commence in early 2015. However, somehow the budget bill that also held the direct shipping…

Dec 29, 2014

Background on the Bottom Feeder Attacking Wine

As a follow up to my recent post on the bottom feeding attorney in Illinois who is suing wineries and retailers for no other reason than to make a buck, I wan to alert to you to two other articles of importance on this issue: Illinois Qui Tam Lawsuits—Private Enforcement Of a State Claim: A Bonanza For A Plaintiff’s Lawyer And A Rip-Off Of Retailers Hinman & Carmichael’s BOOZE RULES Are Shipping Charges Taxable in Illinois ShipCompliant Blog Over at…

Dec 21, 2014

Illinois Bottom Feeding Lawyer Goes After Wine Shippers

Direct to consumer shipping into the state of Illinois is about to get a lot more expensive for a number of wineries due to a guttersnipe of a lawyer and an attorney general who can’t see their way to putting a stop to this litigious tyrant they have publicly condemned. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are at state for wineries that will be ensnared in this ambulance chaser’s net. Illinois’ “False Claims Act” is a “whistle-blower” law that encourages people…

Dec 19, 2014

Consumer Wine Tastings in Jeopardy in California

If the California Board of Equalization (BOE) gets what it wants, some of California’s best consumer wine tastings may find themselves in great jeopardy. One already is. Pinot Days, the annual tasting of Pinot Noir produced by Lisa and Steve Rigisich’s Bay Area Wine project is all of a sudden, after 1o years conducting this non-profit tasting, being told that they are responsible for paying taxes on their Pinot Days entry tickets (which the BOE calls gate receipts). Lisa and…

Nov 11, 2014

The Stupidest Alcohol Law in All the Land?

I’ve been accused, unfairly, of mocking Mormons. What I’ve actually done is mock citizens and lawmakers in Utah. I’m certain there is a difference. However, with the release of this new poll, I will refrain from mocking Utah citizens and simply focus on lawmakers. It appears that a new poll shows that nearly two-thirds of those polled favor taking down the “Zion Curtain” that, by law, must separate bartenders from patrons in restaurants. The purpose of the Zion Curtain is…