Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

Mar 5, 2015

Booze Wholesalers and The Stupidity of My Species

“UNDER SIEGE: DON’T LET A GOOD SYSTEM SINK” No, really, let’s let that system sink…all the way to the bottom of the archaic well from which it first emerged. That system in question is the “Three Tier System” and as you might imagine it’s wholesalers/distributors who are pleading for its continuation. In the case of the headline above, the plea comes from the NBWA: National Boxcarriers and Whiners of America….Wait…I got that wrong. I meant the National Beer Wholesalers of…

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…