$12.6 Million Settlement Proposed in WTSO Wine Flash Site Deceptive Sales Lawsuit

September 27, 2017

Wines ‘Til Sold Out (WTSO) is close to settling a class action lawsuit for $12.6 million in cash and consumer credits. A proposed settlement has been agreed upon by WTSO and a group of law firms who argued that the flash wine site’s sales tactics were deceptive. The lawsuit was filed on March 15, 2016 […]

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Sullivan Bankruptcy Trustee Hits The Ground Running, But Secured Creditors Losing Patience

September 22, 2017

JUST FILED: Late Sept 21: Trustee Operating Reports for Sullivan Vineyards Corporation & Partnership. Full documents for premium subscribers available in links at bottom of this article. The newly appointed Sullivan Vineyards bankruptcy Trustee, Timothy Hoffman has charged full speed into sorting out the winery’s Chapter 11 process and says he has gotten the support […]

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Sullivan Vineyards bankruptcy: Napa Valley’s Chapter 11 from Hell

September 14, 2017

The wildest Falcon Crest episode ever made pales by comparison with Napa Valley’s Sullivan Vineyards bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 proceeding is one of the messiest, most convoluted, and personally vicious winery insolvencies ever to hit a financial rock bottom in Napa Valley without ending in murder suicide. The Sullivan saga features corporate boardroom skullduggery, a […]

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The Mystery of Jeffry Hill’s Secret Federal Court Files Continues. Is Grape Fraud OK With Feds?

September 6, 2017

If anyone at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco knows anything about grape fraudster Jeffry Hill’s federal wiretapping case, they are saying nothing. The court records have been sealed for more than 3-1/2 months now in a case that has lingered without federal sanctions for more than three years. Neither court officials, the prosecution […]

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Calif legislation would put drinking water in same taxable category as tampons and diapers

August 25, 2017

California has long considered it regressive to tax items that are considered essential to life such as food, shelter, power, water and prescription drugs. Last year Golden State lawmakers took heat for labeling tampons as non-essential and now it seem on course to add drinking water to the list of items that should be taxed. […]

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Duarte signs consent decree to settle federal court case over Tehama County plowing case

August 15, 2017

A full copy of the consent decree can be accessed by Wine Executive News premium subscribers at this link. Without admitting guilt or liability or accepting the federal charges against him and his family’s nursery, John Duarte has signed a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) to end his long, grueling fight […]

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Duarte Trial Judge Blocks Key Expert Evidence: Says Would Hurt Federal Government’s Case

August 14, 2017

Federal District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller has refused to admit testimony of two expert witnesses whose evidence indicates that the wetlands that John Duarte is accused of harming were, in fact, not harmed. The reports also assert that the government’s experts erred in fundamental ways. According to Mueller’s written opinion, published Friday, Aug. 11, […]

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Wine Market Council Spends Most of Its Money On Management Fees – Just 16-23% on Research: WII DataGraphic

July 25, 2017

Click image to enlarge.  Click resulting image to enlarge further. For finest detail, please click the Powerpoint. PowerPoint and source documents IRS Form 990 Wine Market Council Datagraphic, PowerPoint 2014 IRS Form 990 Wine Market Council, PDF 2015 IRS Form 990 Wine Market Council, PDF

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Duarte Opens Two New Legal Assaults In Federal Court Battle With Corps of Engineers

July 24, 2017

Late breaking this morning: American Farm Bureau jumps into Duarte fight John Duarte has opened two new legal assaults against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) which is demanding more than $2.8 million in fines and damages related to his plowing of a Tehama County, California field in order to plant wheat. Motion to […]

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