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Wine.com facing $1 Mil class action settlement, but impact may be less than it appears

Related article: How is it that Wine.com will probably get a softer landing in its class action lawsuit settlement? The details   Wine.com may be on the hook for almost $1 million if a class action lawsuit settlement meets court approval at the end of next month. However, the settlement’s fine print could offer a […]

How is it that Wine.com will probably get a softer landing in its class action lawsuit settlement? The details

Wine.com, like many companies, is likely to have a far softer landing than the almost $1 million settlement total indicates. This is because most of the potential liability — offered in the form of modest amounts to be applied to future purchases — is unlikely ever to be claimed. Wine Executive News subscribers please click […]

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Calif ABC Charges 37 Wineries & Major Distributor With Bottlerock 2013 Tied-House Violations

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has charged 38 wineries with tied-house violations connected with their purchases of sponsorship rights for the 2013 Bottlerock Festival (BRF). 29 of those wineries have accepted some form of sanction according to documents provided by the ABC. Ten cases are still pending before an administrative law judge or […]

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Int’l Wine Associates Represents Olsen Ag in Sale To Farmland LP of 6K+ Acres of Land & Other Assets

NOTE: Olsen Ag has long struggled to survive: Bankruptcy http://wineindustryinsight.com/?p=27484 Tough financing http://wineindustryinsight.com/?p=27416 Now sale http://wineindustryinsight.com/?p=62900 NEWS RELEASE Healdsburg, California – June 17, 2015 – Robert Nicholson of International Wine Associates, the mergers and acquisitions advisory firm that specializes in wine industry transactions, announced today that IWA served as advisors to Oregon’s Olsen Agricultural Enterprises […]

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Inaccurate Calif ABC Records Frustrate Winery Murder/Suicide Asset Hunters

Nearly three months after Robert Dahl murdered his main investor, Emad Tawfilis, the task has now begun in earnest to locate his assets and those of his businesses and determine who has first dibs on them. Plaintiffs in at least four legal cases, are vying for whatever is left in Dahl’s companies and in his […]

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Napa Vintner Murder/Suicide’s Gnarled Legal Knot Tangles Tighter

The Napa Valley murder/suicide precipitated by a long, tangled series of lawsuits has been further snarled in new court actions that promise to further complicate an already hard-to-decipher gnarl of litigation. The Simplified Tangle Up Until The Murder/Suicide As previously reported in six articles by WII covering the court case and deaths, vintner Robert Dahl — […]

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Emad Tawfilis Family Files Lawsuit for Murder-Suicide at Dahl Vineyards

NEWS RELEASE The family of Emad Tawfilis, an investor who was slain in March by Robert Dahl, namesake of the Dahl Vineyards, has filed a lawsuit against Dahl’s wife,  Janelle Dahl, as well as others, in Napa County Superior Court The lawsuit, filed May 14, seeks unspecified damages, but includes both compensatory and punitive damages against […]

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Cameron Hughes Wine Forced Into Receivership, Sale/Merger Likely

NOTE: All hyperlinked court filings are available in their entirety for Wine Executive News premium subscribers. Please see related article: Cameron Hughes Issues A Statement On Court Case The Clara Street Company, dba Cameron Hughes Wine (CHW) and Sales Pros, has been placed in receivership by the Superior Court of San Francisco at the request […]

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards & Moët Hennessy USA Square Off In A Pair Of Delightful Legal Battles

Joseph Phelps Vineyards and Moët Hennessy USA have squared off in a sour confrontation over sweet wine labels. The battle is playing out in two separate proceedings: one in federal court and the other in the trademark appeals process. The battles should also be a wake-up call for other wineries especially those with older trademarked […]

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Aided By USDA Funding, Calif Wine Exports Continue Growth Despite 2014’s Stumble

Despite a stumble in 2014 exports, exports of California wines have continued to grow in volume, value and price per gallon. As the chart below illustrates, wine exports from California have increased more than six-fold since the mid-1990s. Much of that success is due to the Market Access Program (MAP),  which is part of the […]

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