Tag Archives: lawsuit

612Brew’s flagship IPA goes ‘Unrated’ after MPAA trademark dispute



612Brew Rated R

612Brew changed the named of its Rated R Rye India Pale Ale to “Unrated” after a trademark dispute with the Motion Picture Association of America.









Clare Kennedy
Staff reporter- Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Email
 | 
Twitter

612Brew has changed the name of its most popular beer, “Rated R”, after receiving a legal challenge from the Motion Picture Association of America.

The Northeast Minneapolis craft brewer got a cease-and-desist letter from the MPAA shortly after it filed to trademark the names of its signature beers a few months ago, 612Brew co-founder Robert Kasak said.

MPAA spokesperson Kate Bedingfield confirmed the film studio organization sent 612Brew such a letter.

Kasak said the disputed centered on the word “rated”, which the MPAA trademarked as a part of its film-rating brand.

“[Our beer] could have been PG, PG-13 or R,” Kasak said. “It didn’t matter. As long as it contained the word ‘rated’ it would still get flagged.”

The brewery argued that the two businesses were in completely different industries, to no avail. Ultimately, 612Brew decided to rename the beer “Unrated,” which is surprisingly not trademarked. The change was effective Jan. 1.

Kasak doesn’t expect sales to suffer.

“It’s going to take some time for people to get used to it, but it will be OK,” Kasak said. “It’s a great beer and they’ll drink it regardless of the name.”

Fortunately, the letter arrived before the company printed the old name on thousands of cans, Kasak noted. 612Brew is in the process of canning its top three beers for the first time, with the aim of releasing pop-tops by mid-February.

612Brew’s describes Unrated as a Rye India Pale Ale “for the Minnesota hopheads.”

“West Coast IPA meets Midwest Rye,” the brewery says of Unrated on its website. “This Rye IPA greets you with a burst of citrus hop aroma and tempts you with the spice from the rye. 612Brew’s most full-bodied and hoppy beer, yet easy enough that your mom would like it. If your mom is awesome.”

Clare Kennedy writes about food and drink.




Article source: http://feeds.bizjournals.com/~r/industry_14/~3/YBbikW0xnNk/612brew-ratedr-ipa-unrated-name-change-mpaa-fight.html

Leave a Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Ed Goldman: Attorney and adventurer Joe Coomes continues his travels



Coomes Joseph 2015

Joe Coomes, a veteran Sacramento lawyer, is of counsel at Best Best Krieger.









Ed Goldman
Columnist- Sacramento Business Journal

Email
 | 
Twitter

The Adventurer — My great pal Joe Coomes says he decided to skip his 82nd birthday last month by crossing the International Dateline on his way to Tanzania, Australia and New Zealand. It must have worked because when I caught up with him over dinner the other night at Il Forno Classico in Gold River, he didn’t look a day over 81.

Actually, he looks just fine. Joe’s hair may be white but, as I’ve mentioned often, he’s the youngest in spirit of all my friends. Curious about everything, energetic and engaged, he’s been going off on these adventure vacations ever since his wife Holly died four years ago. He and Holly had also traveled the world throughout their magical marriage but the trips he’s been on as a widower seem far more rigorous to chair-bound me.

Joe — who’s of counsel to Best Best Krieger, a superstar of the late McDonough, Holland Allen law firm and before that, Sacramento’s city attorney — is affable company. Watching the way his clients became his friends throughout his career has been very instructive to me, if not always duplicable (no one has ever used the word “affable” to describe me. In fact, in my case, “affable” would be laughable). As a result, most of the tour groups he travels with end up apppointing him their spokesman.

You may recall my writing that on his 80th birthday, Joe was cruising the notorious Drake Passage between Antarctica and South America (“notorious” because of its unpredictable weather patterns — a little like Sacramento this winter, without the 600-ft. ocean waves). Following that 2013 adventure, Joe made trips to Jordan and Israel, Peru, the Amazon and Machu Picchu. Last January found him in Morocco and the Sahara Desert, along with three trips in this country with his sons and their families.

Ed Goldman, president of Goldman Communications Inc., is a Sacramento writer and marketing consultant. His collection of Business Journal columns, “But I Digress,” is available at Amazon.com.



Article source: http://feeds.bizjournals.com/~r/industry_14/~3/xLW8ADr2uHQ/ed-goldman-attorney-and-adventurer-joe-coomes.html

Leave a Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Stueve will be co-lead counsel in widespread GMO corn litigation



Patrick Stueve

Patrick Stueve, a partner at Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP, is one of four lawyers appointed to lead the hundreds of lawsuits filed against Syngenta, an agribusiness company that produces genetically modified corn seeds.









Brianne Pfannenstiel
Reporter- Kansas City Business Journal

Email
 | 
Twitter
 | 
LinkedIn
 | 
Google+

Patrick Stueve of Kansas City law firm Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP is one of four lawyers appointed to lead the hundreds of lawsuits filed against Syngenta, an agribusiness company that produces genetically modified corn seeds.

Syngenta is a global company based in Switzerland with operations in Iowa.

Farmers throughout the country have filed more than 360 lawsuits against the company, claiming it released a GMO seed product into the marketplace that eventually co-mingled with non-GMO corn products.

China, a leading importer of U.S. corn, will not accept any corn shipments that have traces of the GMO trait. The plaintiffs allege that the vast majority of U.S. corn is now effectively banned under Chinese trade law — a move they say already has led to $2.9 billion in losses.

The cases have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court of Kansas under Judge John Lungstrom.

Stueve will act as co-lead counsel alongside William Chaney of Gray Reed McGraw PC in Dallas; Scott Powell of Hare Wynn Newell Newton LLP in Birmingham, Ala.; and Don Downing of Gray Ritter Graham PC in St. Louis. He also will be liaison counsel for the plaintiffs.

The court also appointed Thomas Schult of Kansas City firm Berkowitz Oliver Williams Shaw Eisenbrandt LLP as liaison counsel for the defendants.

Brianne covers legal affairs, health care, life sciences, animal health and biosciences.




Article source: http://feeds.bizjournals.com/~r/industry_14/~3/xE-8nunKdqA/patrick-stueve-co-lead-counsel-gmo-corn-litigation.html

Leave a Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Houston lawyers behind massive Dallas energy deal



ericksen

A.J. Ericksen was one of the lead attorneys at Baker Botts advising Regency Energy Partners in an $18 billion deal with Energy Transfer Partners.









Emily Wilkinson
Print Editor- Houston Business Journal

Email
 | 
Twitter
 | 
Google+

Two Dallas-based energy companies are embarking on an $18 billion deal with Houston lawyers at the helm.

Pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP) has agreed to buy Regency Energy Partners LP (NYSE: RGP) in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $18 billion, including debt.


Got Energy? Sign up for our Energy Inc. newsletter here


Latham Watkins LLP acted as legal counsel to ETP, led by Houston partners Ryan Maierson, Debbie Yee, William Finnegan and Joel Mack.

Houston-based Baker Botts LLP acted as legal counsel to Regency, led by Houston partners A.J. Ericksen and Rob Fowler.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP acted as legal counsel to Regency’s conflicts committee, led by Christine LaFollette, John Goodgame and W. Thomas Weir.

According to Energy Transfer and Regency Energy’s statement, the combined entity would be the second-largest master-limited partnership. Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners LP is the largest, according to Seeking Alpha.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015. Both companies have Houston offices.

Stay up to date on Texas energy news with the Energy Inc. news ticker, bringing you by-the-minute coverage from the Texas Business Journals.

Emily Wilkinson leads the weekly edition of the Houston Business Journal, including special publications, centerpiece stories, Focus sections and the Deal of the Week. Follow her on Twitter for more.




Article source: http://feeds.bizjournals.com/~r/industry_14/~3/ZSbjUJFSnjU/houston-lawyers-behind-massive-dallas-energy-deal.html

Leave a Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Ferguson Commission gave consultants no-bid work



Screen Shot 2015 01 27 at 1

Rich McClure (left) and Starsky Wilson, co-chairs of the Ferguson Commission. McClure said that the commission moved quickly to hire consultants because of extraordinary circumstances.





Lovely home nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac15 photos







Jacob Kirn
Digital Producer- St. Louis Business Journal

Email
 | 
Twitter
 | 
Facebook

After the 16 members of the Ferguson Commission were sworn in, on Nov. 16, there was a sense of urgency.

The community knew the St. Louis County grand jury would soon announce its decision whether to indict Darren Wilson in Michael Brown’s shooting death, and tensions were high.

Encouraged by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s office, the commission planned to hold three meetings in 30 days. The quick timeline meant its co-chairs, Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure, would need help — fast. So they hired a trio of consultants.

Allison Collinger’s AHC Consulting, at $125 an hour, is handling the commission’s public relations. Vector Communications, owned by Laurna Godwin and Jessica Perkins, also at $125 an hour, is facilitating the commission’s meetings. And Emerging Wisdom, owned by Rebeccah Bennett, also helps run and design meetings at a rate of $125 an hour.

The Ferguson Commission did not solicit competitive bids for any of the work, though it is slated to receive $975,000 from the state of Missouri, through the Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB), the Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA), Community Development Block Grants and Community Service Block Grants. It has already received $100,000 from the MDFB and $100,000 from the MOHELA.

State law requires competitive bidding for any expenditures of $3,000 or more, and further rules if the expenditures are $25,000 or more.

The commission has already paid Vector Communications and Godwin a combined $37,709, records provided to the Business Journal show. Vector is responsible for finding facilities for and running the meetings, among other duties. Emerging Wisdom has so far billed the commission for nearly $13,000, according to Bennett. Collinger has not yet billed the commission, she said.





Article source: http://feeds.bizjournals.com/~r/industry_14/~3/xQ3s1Q5HVtE/ferguson-commission-gave-consultants-no-bid-work.html

Leave a Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis elects new president



Nilan Johnson Lewis Stephen Warch

Nilan Johnson Lewis President Stephen Warch









Jim Hammerand
Digital editor- Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Email
 | 
Twitter
 | 
LinkedIn

Minneapolis-based Nilan Johnson Lewis elected shareholder Stephen Warch president as of Jan. 1.

The law firm was led for five years by Matthew Damon, who remains a shareholder in the firm’s labor and employment group.

Warch is past chair of the firm’s health care group. He was previously deputy general counsel at UnitedHealthcare and assistant Minnesota attorney general.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be entrusted with this role,” Warch said in a news release. “I’m looking forward to building on the firm’s legacy of keeping our clients’ needs the top priority, and our unwavering commitment to excellence and value.”

With 48 lawyers, Nilan Johnson Lewis is the 21st-largest law firm in the Twin Cities by metro-area attorney count, according to Business Journal research.

Jim Hammerand reports on Twin Cities breaking business news for MSPBJ.com and manages online features and social media.



Article source: http://feeds.bizjournals.com/~r/industry_14/~3/bInlZAV-zsM/nilan-johnson-lewis-new-president-stephen-warch.html

Leave a Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Battle over Hearth Room heats up



IMG 6291

A Hamilton County Judge has issued a temporary restraining order forbidding Bromwell’s President Jeffrey McClorey from using the name “The Hearth Room.”









Andy Brownfield
Reporter- Cincinnati Business Courier

Email
 | 
Twitter
 | 
LinkedIn
 | 
Google+

The dispute over downtown event space The Hearth Room is heating up, with a county judge telling the space’s landlord that he can’t use the name.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman on Jan. 26 issued a temporary restraining order forbidding Jeffrey McClorey from using the name “The Hearth Room” to describe the space, which is located next door to McClorey’s main business, Bromwells. Bromwells is a retailer of fireplaces and home accessories.

The Hearth Room at 127 W. Fourth St. was a collaboration between Cincinnati bar owner and mixologist Molly Wellmann, M. Wellmann’s Brands and McClorey, who leased the real estate to M. Wellmann’s Brands.

The venture was a private event space and held a grand opening on Sept. 17, 2014. On Jan. 19, McClorey issued a press release stating the venue had changed management and Wellmann’s company was no longer associated.

However, in court documents filed Jan. 26, M. Wellmann’s Brands asked Ruehlman to prevent McClorey from using the Hearth Room trade name because the company had registered it with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

M. Wellmann’s Brands also asked for a trial on allegations that McClorey committed trademark infringement, engaged in deceptive trade practices, interfered with Wellmann’s business prospects, breached the lease and engaged in unfair competition. The company says in court documents that the name has become associated with Wellmann’s brand and McClorey’s continued use of it would damage that brand while allowing him to profit from that association.

“Monetary damages alone cannot adequately compensate the Wellmann’s plaintiffs for the ongoing damage to their brand, trade name, reputation and goodwill, and for the unfair competitive advantage gained by these defendants,” the company argues in its court filing.

Brownfield covers retail and restaurants, technology, manufacturing and courts.




Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Article source: http://feeds.bizjournals.com/~r/industry_14/~3/42nyWowKKqc/battle-over-hearth-room-heats-up.html

Leave a Comment

Filed under Uncategorized