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Data Breach: How to Prepare for What Experts Have Deemed Is Inevitable

By on Jun 24, 2019
Posted In Uncategorized

Data security experts often say there are two types of businesses: those that have been hacked and those who will be hacked. Many small business owners believe they are too small to attract a hacker or fall victim to a breach, but this is not true. Given the costs and broad reach of data breaches,...

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Mississippi Supreme Court Ruling Reinstates Claims Against Anheuser-Busch, Mitchell Distributing

By and on Jun 4, 2019
Posted In Distribution, Transactions

I. Introduction On May 23, the Mississippi Supreme Court published its opinion in the case of Rex Distributing Company v. Anheuser-Busch, LLC, et al. The ruling partially reverses the trial court’s decision to dismiss all of Rex’s claims against Anheuser-Busch and rival distributor Mitchell Distributing Company (Mitchell). The ruling will allow Rex Distributing Company (Rex)...

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USDA Issues Opinion on Several Hemp-Related Provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill

By and on Jun 3, 2019
Posted In Cannabis, Food Safety and FDA

On May 28, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a legal opinion to address questions raised by several hemp-related provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2018, better known as the 2018 Farm Bill. The USDA opinion clarifies four areas of the 2018 Farm Bill: the removal of hemp as a controlled substance...

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Winds of Change Blowing for Craft Brewers

By and on May 29, 2019
Posted In Advertising and Marketing, Alcohol Excise Taxes, Distribution, Food Safety and FDA, Import/Export, Legislation, Trade Practices, TTB COLAs and Formulas

For those who follow developments in the law and craft brewing with equal passion, every year has its share of substantial issues. This year has been no exception, with a pending Supreme Court case; a substantial upswing in federal trade practice enforcement activity; a massive rewrite of US Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) labeling and...

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TTB Spring 2019 Updates to Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda

By on May 28, 2019
Posted In Advertising and Marketing, Alcohol Excise Taxes, Legislation, Trade Practices, TTB COLAs and Formulas

The spring edition of the federal government’s semi-annual Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Regulatory Agenda) has been published. Like other federal agencies, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) uses the Regulatory Agenda to report on its current rulemaking projects. The Regulatory Agenda provides glimpses into TTB’s policy focus and...

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Arbitration Clause in Beer Distribution Agreement Enforced by the Virginia ABC

By and on May 20, 2019
Posted In Distribution

On May 7, 2019, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (VABC) published a decision confirming the enforceability of arbitration clauses in distribution agreements between brewers and beer distributors under Virginia’s Beer Franchise Act (BFA). In Loveland Distributing Co., Inc. and Premium of Virginia, LLC v. Bell’s Brewery, Inc., the VABC panel ruled unanimously in...

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TTB’s Take on Alcohol Beverages Infused with Cannabidiol

By on Apr 29, 2019
Posted In Cannabis, Food Safety and FDA

On April 25, 2019, TTB published Industry Circular 2019-1. It addresses the hot topic of alcohol beverages (especially beer) infused with hemp-derived ingredients–with cannabidiol (CBD) as the clear focus of industry interest. While hardly surprising, the Industry Circular takes or reiterates the following positions: TTB will require a formula for any product containing a hemp-derived...

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FDA Releases Warning Letters to CBD and Hemp Oil Companies

By on Apr 9, 2019
Posted In Advertising and Marketing, Cannabis, Food Safety and FDA

Last week the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) made public three new warning letters to Cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp oil product companies sent by FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). FDA has previously targeted cannabis product companies. The new warning letters are consistent with FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s recent statements that the FDA will...

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Washington Court of Appeals Upholds Multi-Million Dollar Fine for 5-Hour Energy Advertising Claims

By on Apr 4, 2019
Posted In Advertising and Marketing, TTB COLAs and Formulas

On March 18, 2019, the Washington Court of Appeals upheld a trial court’s decision that three advertising campaigns for 5-Hour Energy® made by Living Essentials, LLP and Innovative Ventures, LLP (collectively, Living Essentials) violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act (CPA) by making deceptive advertising claims. Living Essentials makes and markets the energy drink 5-Hour Energy®....

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FDA Announces Public Hearing on Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds

By and on Apr 3, 2019
Posted In Cannabis

On May 31, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public hearing on cannabis products. The hearing seeks to obtain scientific data on cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, along with additional information regarding health and safety risks, manufacturing and product quality, marketing, labeling and the sale of such products. The FDA’s notice announcing...

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