Blog Posts: Lawyers on Tap

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The attorneys of Verrill are here to help your business navigate the complex world of beverage law. This blog keeps you informed of the latest news and legal updates in the beverage industry so you and your company can focus on doing what it does best, making great products.

Join Us at The 2019 New England Craft Brew Summit

Join us this Friday, March 1, at the 2019 New England Craft Brew Summit at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine. The premier regional, craft beer industry business-to-business conference will be jam-packed with seminars on a variety of topics geared towards business operations, technical brewing and...
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Government Shutdown Impacts Breweries

Planning to brew something that needs a formula approval or a COLA approval? Have a new facility in the works? If so, you might want to reconfigure your schedule because the government shutdown has caused the TTB to suspend many of its functions . While you can still access...
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The TTB is Watching – Beverage Community Asked to Self-Report Violations

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As the TTB enters a more user-friendly phase with its updated online registration portal, it is important to remember that it remains an enforcement arm of the federal government for the beverage alcohol community. In a somewhat ominous circular, the TTB requested that "each industry member review its promotional...
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(PODCAST) Tap Tips for Entity Formation and Taxation

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In this episode of Verrill Voices: Lawyers on Tap, Verrill Dana attorneys Jennifer Green and Jonathan Dunitz discuss the importance of entity formation to the overall success of a brewery business, and the differences between forming an entity using widely available online resources versus doing so with the assistance...
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Lawyers on Tap in Nashville

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Next week, on April 30, thousands from the craft brewing community will take over America's Music City for the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America , presented by the Brewers Association. Joining them at this year's conference are Verrill Dana Lawyers on Tap, Tawny Alvarez and Jonathan Dunitz...
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America’s Craft Beer Community Springs into Nashville

This spring, the craft brewing community will take over America's Music City for the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America® , presented by the Brewers Association, from April 30 to May 3. Joining them at this year's conference is Verrill Dana's own Jonathan Dunitz who will co-present, "From 1...
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A Guy Walks Into a Bar...

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In an article for Craft Brewing Business , Lawyers on Tap attorney Jonathan Dunitz discusses how an improperly cleaned tap line can lead to not only serious lifelong health problems for the beer drinker, but also a significant verdict against the establishment who served the beer and its vendor...
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Lawyers on Tap: Risk Management Podcast Series

In a special three-part miniseries for the Verrill Voices podcast, attorney Jonathan Dunitz discusses risk management for breweries and brewpubs with a successful brewery owner, a leading insurance agent in the craft beverage industry, and an experienced corporate attorney. The podcast series takes owners of new and growing breweries...
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Social Media is an (age) gated community

Few brewers would dream of serving someone in their brewery or tasting room without checking an ID to ensure that all the craft beer lovers in the room are of legal drinking age. When it comes to their virtual breweries and tasting rooms, however, there appears to be a...
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Tips on Tap for Breweries on the Journey from Passion to Profit

As the number of craft breweries across the country continues to grow, Verrill Dana's Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries Group presents Tap Tips Podcast Miniseries to help brewers on the journey from passion to profit. The miniseries contains eight episodes to assist up-and-coming brewmasters and brewery owners to think critically...
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Labels – It’s Not just the TTB that’s watching

As purveyors of beverages containing alcohol, most craft brewers, distillers and wineries are aware of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax And Trade Bureau ("TTB") rules for labels, and the sometimes onerous task involved in getting those labels approved. To avoid extra expenses and delays, those who are not aware...
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Join Us at Brew Talks New England 2016

Verrill Dana's Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries Group is excited to sponsor this year's Brew Talks New England , part of Brewbound's traveling series of meetup events for professionals in the brewing industry, on October 24 at Jack's Abby in Framingham, Massachusetts. The program will offer both educational and networking...
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Firm Highlights

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Taxation and Abatement: Double Taxation Is Error in Assessment, Not Error in Valuation

Verrill assisted the Maine State Chamber of Commerce with drafting its amicus brief in a case in which two Maine towns refused Emera Maine’s request for a tax abatement. The Town of Eddington and...

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Contract Liability and Admission of Evidence: Improper Application of Rule of Evidence 403

We were engaged to represent the installer of a fire alarm system on an appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court sitting as the Law Court following a $2,700,000 jury verdict in the trial...

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Taxation: Charges for Interstate and International Telecommunications Services Are Not Part of Sale Price

During an audit, Maine Revenue Services assessed a service provider tax on property tax recovery charges and carrier cost recovery charges that our client, a telecommunications company, charged its customers on calls that originated...

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Insurance Law: No Duty to Indemnify Owner/Employee for Assault on Motorist

We represented an insurer before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court sitting as the Law Court in an insurance coverage matter in which an owner and employee of a partnership sought indemnification for injuries he...

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Taxation and Constitutional Law: Amicus Brief to U.S. Supreme Court regarding Sales Taxation by States

Verrill represented the National Auctioneers Association as amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc . The case presented the issue of whether states could require out-of-state sellers to...

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Elections and Constitutional Law: Constitutionality of Ranked Choice Voting

Verrill Dana represented the League of Women Voters in two proceedings before the Maine Supreme Court relating to the constitutionality of Maine’s voter-approved ranked choice voting law. The first proceeding, Opinion of the Justices...

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Verrill Voices: Interviews with the 2019 Mainebiz Business Leaders of the Year

Each year, Mainebiz recognizes the business leaders in Maine whose vision is making a difference in their companies, for their employees and customers, and in their communities. In 2019, Mainebiz honored five such business...

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Real Estate and Mortgage Law: Sufficiency of Mortgagee’s Notice of Right to Cure to Borrower

Verrill filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals in a case involving an issue of first impression under Maine law regarding the sufficiency of a statutory notice of...