It’s No Longer the Wild West for Passport Wine Events

thinkstockphotos-186938294The following is a guest blog post by Bahaneh Hobel, a partner in the Alcohol Beverage and Wine Law groups at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty in Napa. Bahaneh’s practice focuses exclusively on all aspects of alcohol beverage law and regulation for wineries, breweries, distilled spirits plants, importers, wholesalers, and retailers.

Many of us have attended “passport events” where you buy a glass, wrist band, or passport that gets you access to wine tastings at various locations and often include a party at a central event location. These “event passports” are often sold by marketing agencies or winegrower associations promoting the event. But these marketing or supplier organizations selling the tickets or passports don’t generally have licenses from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). So, how can they do it? And what happens when multiple wineries participate or pour at an event at one location?

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You Can Negotiate Who Takes on Risk

ThinkstockPhotos-465897648Parties negotiating a business transaction don’t have to accept the risks or duties imposed by law on the proposed arrangement. For example, just because a property owner is generally liable for damage caused by hazardous materials on his or her property (42 USC §9607) doesn’t mean that a potential buyer can’t negotiate that the seller be financially responsible for cleaning up materials that were on the property before the closing date. Here’s how to (re)allocate risk in your next transaction. Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Requiring Workplace Arbitration

175660493The following is a guest blog post by Jeffrey D. Polsky, a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, where he counsels employers on California employment law issues, represents them in litigation, and writes for Fox Rothschild’s California Employment Law Blog.

Should employers have mandatory arbitration agreements with their employees? Having tried and arbitrated dozens of cases on behalf of employers, here are what I see as the pros and cons—and where I stand on the question. Continue reading

Put a Stop to Your Client’s Illegal Recording Activity

Whether it’s to expose an unfaithful fiancé or set the record straight on a public feud, dictophoneself-appointed vigilantes should think twice before recording a private conversation: it’s against the law. Here’s what to tell your sleuthing client about California’s privacy laws.
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Should Your Client Consider E-Commerce or Cyber Liability Insurance?

Given the increasingly digital landscape ThinkstockPhotos-473158926
of today’s economy, the most valuable asset for many businesses is their computer data. According to a 2015 study, the average cost of a data breach for small businesses is about $38,000 in hard costs and can total upwards of $55,000. Yet many businesses opt only for traditional property insurance policies. This could be a big problem for your client’s small business.

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What You Need to Know About Contract Start and End Dates

ThinkstockPhotos-512865725Among the most important terms to include in any contract are the effective date and termination date. Don’t get sloppy when it comes to these key terms. Continue reading

15 Steps to Forming a Nonprofit

steps_78288477Clients come to you seeking to form a nonprofit corporation. As there are so many steps involved, use the following checklist to help you avoid costly mistakes. Continue reading

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