Alcohol & Tobacco
For highly regulated areas such as alcohol and tobacco, a deep understanding of the industry’s legal and tax complexities is vital. We are keenly aware of the heightened scrutiny that companies in these markets face, and we can provide the substantive knowledge and resources required to successfully advise them through any and all challenges that arise. We serve as the trusted counsel to some of the best-known companies in the consumable goods arena, as well as numerous startups developing products for which the regulatory framework is in flux. We advise our clients on everything from product development, sales and distribution, to licensing and regulatory compliance, to excise tax, labeling and advertising restrictions. We also have significant experience defending clients in state and federal tax controversies, in investigations before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and in complex commercial and products liability litigation.
Area of Focus Contacts
Regulatory licensing from federal and state regulators
Labeling and sales guidance
Franchise, warehousing, and distribution agreements
State and federal tax issues
Acquisition and mergers
Food and beverage advice
Clearance and reservation of brands for companies and product names
Protection of trademarks with the US Trademark Office and abroad
Protecting trade designs and packaging with the US Trademark Office and abroad
Review and clearance of advertising copy and can or bottle labels and designs
Enforcement of intellectual property rights against infringers
Defense of claims of trademark or copyright infringement from other producers
Regulatory issues affecting employees
Disputes between manufacturers and distributors;
Disputes with manufacturers and regulators
Dram shop claims
Breach of contract claims, wrongful discharge and employment discrimination claims.
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