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Oct 28, 2019

NJ Alcoholic Beverage Control Seeks to Revoke Liquor License at Trump National Golf Club – Reducing Retail Establishment Risk

Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck, New Jersey (“Trump National”), has been charged with violations stemming from the alleged over-service of a club member that led to a serious car accident and the death of the car’s passenger.

As a result, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”), through the Attorney General’s Office, is seeking revocation of Trump National’s liquor license. » Read More

Oct 01, 2019

Breaking News: New Tax on Pennsylvania Brewery Sales Goes into Effect October 1, 2019

If you have been following this story for a while, you are keenly aware that the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue planned a change in policy for breweries’ direct sales to consumers.


The story started in 2015 when this author obtained a letter from the Department of Revenue that suggested that breweries were exempt from paying tax on sales to consumers. » Read More

Sep 24, 2019

Pennsylvania Liquor Law Update: Acts 45, 48, and 57 Make Changes to Cider, Sound, Local Option, Nonalcoholic Malt or Brewed Beverages, and More

Recent history has taught liquor licensees and their attorneys to not get comfortable with current liquor law or regulation for too long without expecting change. As of August 31, 2019, Acts 45, 48, and 57 of 2019 brought more changes to the Pennsylvania Liquor Code. » Read More

Sep 09, 2019

What Liquor Brands Should Know About Trademarks

In a recent federal court ruling, a judge articulated once again why famous brands enjoy greater rights than those that lack renown

The case pits two giants in wholly unrelated fields— clothing versus alcoholic beverages.

The lesson? Liquor sellers should exercise caution and select brand names that are not the same or are not similar to those of existing “famous” brands, even in completely unrelated fields. » Read More

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