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PREMIUM UPDATE: Feds charge man with using Lodi-area vineyard as right-wing militia training camp

SPECIAL PREMIUM SUBSCRIBER FEATURE: A Woodbridge-area vineyard was used as a training camp for right-wing counter protestors to prepare to engage in civil disorders, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Officials have arrested attorney Benjamin Jong Ren Hung, 28, of San Marino, and charged him charged […]

Aerial imagery firm TerrAvion shuts down leaving up to $50 million in Chapt 11 liabilities, less than $50K in assets

  Please Note: full court documents and some links are premium and available to Wine Executive News subscribers. Subscription info here:   CCBill subscribers please click this link. Stripe subscribers please click this link.     Venture-funded aerial imagery firm TerrAvion shut down operations Friday, Sept. 4 just days after its August 31 after Chapter […]

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Ag imagery start-up and Y Combinator graduate TerrAvion files for Chapter 11 protection

  AgTech start-up TerrAvion — a graduate of the Y Combinator system —  filed for Chapter 11 Protection on August 31, 2020, in Federal Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. According to its website: “TerrAvion is the largest volume subscription aerial imagery for agriculture provider in the U.S.A. Our service powers digital agronomy at […]

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Constellation/Robert Mondavi Winery vs The Vineyard House: Set to begin trial Monday (083120) in San Francisco Federal Court

Recommended background links: Recent: To-Kalon lawsuit dismissed, then reinstated and combined as both parties refile, but “iconic” still all about myth, Benjamins, and grapes at $38K/Ton Recent: Robert Mondavi Winery Sits in the To Kalon Vineyard. Its Owner Says There’s No Such Place Historical: The True Story of To-Kalon Vineyard, by Matt Stamp, MS After […]

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Mabray beats back defamation lawsuit by Philip James, strengthens fair commentary protections

A federal court has handed Emetry CEO Paul Mabray almost all of what he asked for in his response to a defamation lawsuit filed against him in February by Penrose Hill CEO Philip James. The judge’s decision also generally confirmed protections for public commentary on public issues, including those in the wine industry. WII reached […]

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Harvard-controlled LLC in $120+ million deal with anonymous LLC connected with Canadian pension fund.

The full un-redacted contents and graphics of this article  are available to premium subscribers to Wine Executive News.   CCBill premium subscribers, please click this link. Stripe premium subscribers, please click this link Subscribe to Wine Executive News now, and get the rest of this original article along with everything else on the site every […]

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Ruby Grapes sues Intercoastal Wine charging criminal pandemic profiteering.

A Livermore public warehouse/wine and beer wholesaler has sued its Lodi warehouse company in Federal District Court for the Northern District of California charging racketeering, state-of-emergency price gouging, fraud, and other charges.   The plaintiff, Ruby Grapes LLC alleges in its complaint (pdf premium) that Intercoastal Wine Company of Lodi increased storage rates by 1,250% […]

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At least 244 California wineries and vineyards received between $145 & $328 million from Paycheck Protection Program

More than 87,000 California businesses received funds from the from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).   Of those, 244 California Wineries and Vineyards received funds totaling between $145 and $328 million according to online documents from the program.Precise numbers were not provided, only the range of funds. In addition, there have been numerous reports of […]

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Legal updates: Copper Cane, Bryant Winery, Penrose Hill v Mabray, Jeff Hill

  The pandemic has put the courts into slow gear with mostly no in-person courtroom appearances. Each specific judge is deciding on whether to hold sessions by phone, with videoconferencing still not accepted.   With all that in mind, the following are brief summaries of some of the current cases we have previously covered in […]

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Long-simmering wine industry grudge match heads for federal court hearing

  PLEASE NOTE: All links to legal filings are for premium subscribers to Wine Executive News.   CCBill premium subscribers, please click this link. Stripe premium subscribers, please click this link Also please note: This article may be updated when new information is available short of a new article.   Years of bad blood between […]

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