Whiskey Bottle Dog Toy

The Ninth Circuit partially vacated a ruling in favor of Jack Daniel’s in a dispute with a dog toy company that produced a chew toy that looked like a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey, finding the whiskey company’s trade dress and bottle design were entitled to trademark protection, but the dog toy company used the design to convey a humorous message, which was protected by the First Amendment.

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Ficheras

An appeals court in Texas upheld a ruling in favor of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s decision to cancel a bar’s alcoholic beverage permit based on the presence of “ficheras,” who are women that sit with male customers at bars, get them to buy a drink for an inflated price, and receive a ticket or cash from the bar for each drink they help sell.

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College Party

A student failed to state a claim for negligence against York College of Pennsylvania relating to serious injuries she sustained when she fell from a balcony after consuming alcohol as a minor at a sorority mixer party, a federal court in the state ruled. The student has not alleged that she was coerced into drinking or manipulated into jumping off the balcony.

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