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October 5, 2016

NALCP Conference in New Orleans: Great First Day We just wrapped up the first day of the educational programing for the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals (“NALCP”) Conference in New Orleans!  Who dat? The first day’s agenda was packed with interesting content.  Most notably for the Pacific Northwest, Rick Garza–the director of the Washington

March 4, 2016

Cautionary Tales for Suppliers and Distributors Playing Fast and Loose with Trade Practice Laws. Spoiler alert. Violating trade practice laws can be expensive, both at the federal and state level. Suppliers and distributors should be cautious in the pushing the boundary in their business practices and promotional efforts. Just because everyone else seems to be

September 28, 2015

The TTB Issued New Guidance on Kombucha The TTB continues to be interested in kombucha.  The federal agency recently published new guidance.  The term “kombucha” refers to a fermented beverage produced from a mixture of steeped tea and sugar, combined with a culture of yeast strains and bacteria.  Some kombucha products also have fruit juice

April 26, 2014

The TTB Suspends Pending Wine Growler Rulemaking. Good news for Oregon licensees selling wine growlers.  The TTB has suspended its pending TTB Ruling 2014-3 entitled “Bottling Taxpaid Wine in Growlers or Similar Containers for Consumption Off of the Premises.” In short, the ruling held that the filling of growlers with taxpaid wine for consumption off

March 21, 2014

OLCC Priority Violations.  There are 1000’s of licensed businesses in Oregon.  This can be great for Oregonians, but can present a real challenge to the OLCC in terms of monitoring them for compliance.  The OLCC must decide each day how to allocate its enforcement officers and focus its efforts across the state.  In order to

February 28, 2014

Can Licensees in Oregon and Washington “Comp” Drinks?  The answer is yes, but … “Comp” drinks can be a useful tool for licensees in some situations. While comping drinks is okay under limited circumstances in both Oregon and Washington, advertising “free” drinks or having business practices or promotions involving “free” drinks is generally prohibited.  The

February 5, 2014

Age Verification Equipment (“AVE”): Should You Agree to Use It to Resolve an OLCC Violation? The AVE Option. ORS 471.392 allows the OLCC to use AVE as a tool to reduce underage drinking and helps licensees demonstrate that they are responsible business owners. OAR 845-009-0140 allows a licensee to purchase and use AVE in lieu