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

September 25, 2020

SPECIAL PREMIUM SUBSCRIBER FEATURE: Full text (46 pages) of U.S. Department of Justice complaint/affidavit used to obtain search warrant. Click here. 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 […]

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

September 8, 2020

Venture-funded aerial imagery firm TerrAvion shut down operations Friday, Sept. 4 just days after its August 31 after Chapter 11 filing. Court documents indicate up to $50 million in liabilities, half of that unsecured. The Hayward-based company, founded by an experienced military drone expert, sought to provide aerial imagery to farmers designed help growers detect […]

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

August 30, 2020

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 […]

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

August 14, 2020

Two Harvard-controlled LLCs have deeded over 7,104.74 acres of land in northern San Luis Obispo County for an estimated $120.14 million (based upon $132,159 paid in county real estate transfer taxes.) It is unclear whether this was an actual sale or a method for the Harvard LLCs to pull cash out of the assets. Note: […]

Ruby Grapes sues Intercoastal Wine charging criminal pandemic profiteering.

August 5, 2020

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% on […]

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

July 17, 2020

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 […]

SBA, Treasury release names of some PPP recipients

July 7, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury released Monday the names of all organizations that received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans of $150,000 or more. The SBA and Treasury also published data for recipients of PPP loans less than $150,000 but did not reveal the names and addresses of those businesses. The data […]

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

July 2, 2020

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 your premium […]

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

June 9, 2020

Years of bad blood between two prominent wine industry players is headed for a courtroom battle on June 25 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division. Quick summary of the case Penrose Hill CEO Philip James and Emetry CEO Paul Mabray have a long antagonistic history and have publicly […]