Multiple brewers have reached out in connection with receiving Correction Sheets to their annual renewals from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (Pa.L.C.B.) regarding failure to submit monthly Malt or Brewed Beverage reports. » Read More
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
While the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) has increased field investigations of manufacturers in retail trade practices, it has also upped enforcement of the regulation of beer manufacturing. » Read More
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
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
On September 11, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“PLCB”) issued a new Advisory Notice, Advisory Notice No. 24, regarding the on-premises consumption requirement for retail licensees in Pennsylvania. » Read More
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
There have been rumblings around the Commonwealth that the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (“LCE”) has been investigating Pennsylvania wineries regarding their selling practices. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“PLCB”) has now addressed the issue in a Legal Advisory Opinion. » Read More
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has announced the ninth restaurant liquor license auction, which is permitted under Act 39 of 2016. These auctions are for “zombie licenses” that have been expired and in possession of the Pa.L.C.B. dating back to the year 2000. » Read More