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  1. #31
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    Re: Round 3: B-F to Barton: Show us \'The Still\'

    Have you ever on nature shows seen the way chimps fight, either individually or in groups? There's a lot of screaming, jumping up and down, fake charges, throwing dirt, and very little actual fighting. This type of law suit is a lot like that. They'll make a lot of noise and then they'll settle it on the courthouse steps.

    Mike Veach tells me there was a similar case between Old Charter and a brand called Charter Oak that lasted 12 years.

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    Opening Arguments


    The trial has begun. Here's an update...

    http://www.courier-journal.com/busin...on06-6812.html

    Omar

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    Re: Opening Arguments

    This suit is not without precedent Omar. Some years ago, something similar happened here with Kendall Jackson vs. E.J. Gallo.

    wine label suit

    And pertinent info here:

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    Barton asks for time

    Barton Brands wants 6 months to make changes to its Ridgewood Reserve, just in case it loses the court battle. So hang on to that pretty 1792 bottle.

    http://www.courier-journal.com/busin...al21-4076.html

    Omar

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    Barton loses

    And Brown-Forman prevails...

    The current 1792 bottles are now a collector's item.

    http://www.courier-journal.com/busin...e_bourbon.html

    Omar

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    Re: Barton loses

    While I realize the long-term ramifications for Barton are negative, I find it amusingly ironic that Brown Forman probably prompted the sale of more Ridgewood Reserve 1792 short-term than it had sold total to date. I know I picked up three bottles this morning at a store offering it at $18.99 (were I a rich fellow, I'd have gotten a case). I think I even prompted the storeowner to consider buying a case for himself. Not only is it good bourbon (in my opinion, easily a match with recent Woodford Reserve), they've created an instant collectible bottling.
    I now have five bottles, and the four unopened ones will remain that way for now, at least. I think I've only ever bought two bottles of Woodford Reserve, and am not rushing back for more.

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    Re: Barton loses

    We were hearing that the new name will be Ridgemont Reserve.

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    Re: Barton loses

    This was my favorite part of the story.

    Among other things, Coffman sited evidence from a Barton executive who repeatedly used the name Woodford Reserve in a deposition when referring to Ridgewood Reserve 1792.
    It probably should have read "former Barton executive."

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    Re: Barton loses

    We were hearing that the new name will be Ridgemont Reserve.
    Any word about whether they can continue with the same bottle shape? This has to be the prettiest piece of glass I've ever seen in a bourbon bottle!

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    Re: Barton loses

    I have no specific information about this but I expect they will change only whatever is necessary to comply with the judge's order. This also assumes they won't appeal. Nothing has been said about an appeal and my guess is they won't.

 

 

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