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: […]

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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 […]

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Gallo PR tries to distance winery and Gallo Cattle Co., but no proof available.

July 28, 2020

This article is about a request for a retraction in a situation where there is no verification for — or against — the reason behind the request. However, the search for the verification, turned out to be an interesting journey and an amusing article for people interested in all things Gallo. On Jul 21, 2020, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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COVID re-opening guidelines for commercial real estate. PLUS! — the lawsuit over cooked wine

May 29, 2020

With a number of Coronavirus re-opening plans varying widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, I thought it might be useful to send along the following links to pdfs that outline some best practices from Cushman and Wakefield. These are especially important both as regards health issues and to possible lawsuits from consumers and employees. The information […]

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JaM Cellars files for new preliminary injunction against The Wine Group’s Franzia Brand; Trial date set

May 20, 2020

JaM Cellars’ “rich & buttery” federal lawsuit against The Wine Group’s Franzia brand heated up on May 15 when it filed a request for a preliminary injunction against The Wine Group in its trademark infringement case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (San Francisco) Specifically, JaM seeks an Order […]

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Vineyard House, Constellation resume battle for To Kalon designation rights in Federal Court trial to start Aug. 31

The long-running dispute between Constellation Brands (Robert Mondavi Winery) and The Vineyard House over To Kalon vineyard designation rights is scheduled for trial beginning August 31 in San Francisco U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District Of California. Schedule Witness List due by 8/17/2020. Motions due by 8/12/2020. Opening Reports due by 7/17/2020. Rebuttal […]

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