Trade groups back Jack Daniel’s in dog toy lawsuit

Six alcohol trade groups have filed a legal document urging the US Supreme Court to reverse a trademark ruling regarding a dog toy that replicates a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, claiming it would promote irresponsible drinking. In 2018, Jack Daniel’s launched a lawsuit against dog toy maker VIP Products over its Bad Spaniel’s Old No.2 on your Tennessee Carpet product. The dog toy replicates a Jack Daniel’s bottle with black labels and white text and…

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Nightclub owner takes legal action over 10pm curfew

The owner of London-based nightclub operator GAY has launched a legal battle against the UK government’s 10pm hospitality curfew. Jeremy Joseph, owner of GAY, which operates its namesake venues in London and Manchester, as well as the Heaven nightclub in Charring Cross, has instructed a team of barristers to challenge the government’s restrictions on hospitality, which came into force to stem the spread of Covid-19. The UK government introduced the 10pm closure order for bars,…

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Halewood loses Vera Lynn trademark dispute

UK-based drinks producer Halewood International has lost a trademark battle against English singer Vera Lynn over its plan to launch a gin under her name. Halewood International, the Liverpool-based producer of brands such as Whitley Neill gin and Dead Man’s Fingers spiced rum, submitted a trademark application on 14 June 2018 for the use of ‘Vera Lynn’ on gin and other alcoholic beverages. The application was opposed on 1 October 2018 by Lynn’s lawyer Taylor…

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Virginia Distillery drops ‘Highland’ after SWA lawsuit

American producer The Virginia Distillery Company will remove the word ‘Highland’ from its products after reaching an “amicable resolution” in its lawsuit with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). In June this year, the SWA took legal action against Virginia Distillery Company in the US district court in Delaware. The trade body argued that Virginia Distillery’s products are “being passed off as Scotch whisky” since the term ‘Highlands’ is “reserved exclusively for Scotch whisky under US federal regulations”.…

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SWA drops lawsuit against Virginia Distillery

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has dropped its lawsuit against American producer the Virginia Distillery Company over its use of the word ‘Highland’. In June this year, the SWA took legal action against Virginia Distillery Company in the US district court in Delaware. The SWA confirmed that it has now filed a voluntary dismissal of its lawsuit. .A spokesperson from the SWA said: “We are currently working on an amicable resolution to this dispute. We…

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