Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

Sep 28, 2017

Wine Wholesalers: It Looks A Lot Like Corruption

It’s sheer arrogance….and an abdication of the responsibility to make an argument. At a recent conference for alcohol beverage attorneys held in Portland earlier this month, a discussion ensued concerning Franchise Laws. Franchise laws generally state that once a producer of alcohol chooses a distributor in a given state, they may not remove themselves from that relationship no matter how incompetent the wholesaler and even if the wholesaler is sold to another wholesaler. They amount to protection for alcohol wholesalers…

Sep 4, 2017

Dear Wine Lovers….30 Seconds Is All It Takes

Seven years ago, Massachusetts wine shipping law was ruled to be discriminatory and unconstitutional. It took four years for the state to pass a new wine shipping law. Now, three years after that, the state can finish the job. When Massachusetts passed its wine shipping law in 2014, it failed to allow Bay Staters to purchase wine from out-of-state wine stores and retailers, only from out-of-state wineries. The result was a severely flawed law that left thousands and thousands of…

Aug 21, 2017

A Tale of Crime, Greed, Stupidity and Excess in the Wine World

Among those arts and crafts that inspire possession by collectors and connoisseurs, wine is the only one that cannot be appreciated and experienced collectively. Wine also delivers the shortest period during which a collectible can be experienced. While a Picasso will be experienced and appreciated for ages as long as visual images are preserved, a wine can only offer its true nature from the time it is opened until consumed. I mention this important fact in the context of recommending…

Jul 24, 2017

How to Join Forces To Take on Wine & Spirit Distributors Southern-Glazers

The recent lawsuit against Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits filed this month in a California federal district court accuses the wine and spirits distribution giant of defrauding not just the plaintiff in the case, but retailers across the state and country. As I noted in a previous post, if even half the accusations in the suit are true you’ve got a degree of fraud and illegality that is shocking. Moreover, the complaints listed in the lawsuit include actions that retailers and…

Jul 6, 2017

Is the Southern-Glazers Wine Distributors Lawsuit Really A Surprise?

In a way, it’s shocking that a lawsuit and claims like this haven’t been filed before, given just Southern/Glazer’s target size. On the other hand, the claims of “unfair, unlawful, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices”, meticulously laid out in this class action suit against Southern/Glazers are shocking. Hell, if a quarter of them are borne out, it would be a shocking example of hubris, fraud, and corruption by the largest and most powerful entity in the American wine and spirits…