Posted 11 March 2010 - 11:38 PM
Rick Nichols is doing some sort of follow up story about this - he asked my opinions on the brew-haha when he was in OH a couple of nights ago.
There's quite a bit more to this story than meets the eye. I happen to be well acquainted with legal counsel for the wronged bar owners. Obviously we couldn't discuss the case or the facts directly, but suffice to say the PLCB ought to be very afraid that they're going to get strung up for this one. The raid a couple of days later at Origlio appears to have been a decoy to deflect attention away from the world of shit they've created for themselves and now stepped in.
Personally, I can't imagine holding the bar owners liable for the registrations. The breweries are clearly responsible for that end of it. Not to mention the fact that the website that lists the registered products so bar owners/restaurateurs could check that what they're serving is legit is woefully out of date and inaccurate. Bar owners probably have a pretty wide berth to sue for loss of inventory, interruption of business and damage to the products if/when they're returned. No telling how they'll be (mis)handled and stored by the PLCB or for how long.
I'll report back if I learn anymore dirt about this case.
Katie M. Loeb
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