Category: Bourbon Law

Mellwood Bourbon – The Early Fight Against Phantom Distilleries.

Just after the Civil War, at the intersection of the former Southall St. (later changed to Reservoir Ave. in 1884, and now Mellwood Ave. since 1895) and the Louisville and Shelbyville Turnpike (now Frankfort Ave.) in Louisville, two blocks from the where the Albert… Continue Reading “Mellwood Bourbon – The Early Fight Against Phantom Distilleries.”

The Duke v. Duke University – and what’s Wild Turkey got to do with this?

*Updated August 8, 2014 after Duke University filed a Motion to Dismiss in response to the Complaint, and after numerous requests to Duke Spirits and Wild Turkey for information. Last week John Wayne Enterprises, LLC sued Duke University over the use of John Wayne’s… Continue Reading “The Duke v. Duke University – and what’s Wild Turkey got to do with this?”

James E. Pepper’s Fraud Previews The Taft Decision.

There’s a rule in the law that when you ask for an injunction, you can’t have been a bad guy too.  In 1893 when James E. Pepper tried to protect his “Old Pepper” brand, he learned this rule the hard way. The events described… Continue Reading “James E. Pepper’s Fraud Previews The Taft Decision.”

Frazier v. Dowling – The Pre-Prohibition Fight Over Waterfill & Frazier.

Waterfill & Frazier is best known as the bourbon brand that fled to Juarez, Mexico under the leadership of Whiskey Woman Mary Dowling (1859-1930), and which while in Mexico, produced whiskey that made its way back into the States still labeled as “bourbon.”  Mary… Continue Reading “Frazier v. Dowling – The Pre-Prohibition Fight Over Waterfill & Frazier.”

Bird Fight – Wild Turkey vs. Old Crow.

Bourbon distillers have proven themselves to be a competitive bunch, and taking advantage of another’s name recognition is probably as old as commercial distilling itself.  Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, James E. Pepper, Country Distillers, Maker’s Mark and countless others have… Continue Reading “Bird Fight – Wild Turkey vs. Old Crow.”