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The Crux of the Craft Beer v. Crafty Beer Debate: It’s Personal

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on June 14, 2013  /   Posted in Craft Brewery Conflict Mediation

–To better understand the arguments behind Craft v. Crafty, see links at the end– There is a heated debate between a few large breweries (AB-InBev, MillerCoors, etc) and more than two thousand small breweries across the U.S. and some other countries.  To get a quick outline of the situation, the large breweries bring in about
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Magic Hat / West Sixth Breweries Use Mediation for Settlement

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on June 10, 2013  /   Posted in Craft Brewery Conflict Mediation

Last week, Magic Hat and West Sixth breweries reached a settlement of a trademark dispute without going to court.  According to initial reports, a magistrate judge served as mediator and the official dispute ended within a week.  We applaud both parties for choosing mediation to seek a mutually agreeable solution and avoid expensive, drawn out
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Conflict in Construction

Posted by Laura Elliott on April 16, 2013  /   Posted in Construction Mediation

Remodeling your kitchen?  Developer of a new downtown high-rise? A commuter having to make detours to bypass roadwork on your daily drive to work? Whether you are in the construction industry, or simply drive by something “under construction”, there’s no doubt you have experienced the myriad of hassles from construction projects big or small. The
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Craft Brewing and Trademark Infringement: What’s at Stake?

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on April 10, 2013  /   Posted in Craft Brewery Conflict Mediation

According to the Brewers Association, the U.S. is home to over 2,300 craft breweries, with more opening each week.  Added to the international, national and regional breweries the total number of breweries in the U.S. eclipses 2,400.  Each brewery produces at least 2 different types of beer, and most breweries assign names to their brews
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Are they Brewers? What’s More Important: Definitions or In-Fighting?

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on April 04, 2013  /   Posted in Craft Brewery Conflict Mediation

What’s More Important: Definitions or In-Fighting? The Roman Empire fell from within. Sure, Alaric and the Visigoths sacked Rome, but it had grown vulnerable in the decades and century before. Loosely governed expansion, disconnect with member “states” and in-fighting doomed the once powerful empire. Craft Brewing is mirroring this empire. Ok, ok…so the analogy is
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Brewers Association’s Craft Brewers Conference – Washington D. C.

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on April 03, 2013  /   Posted in Craft Brewery Conflict Mediation

Last week, Washington D.C. was inundated with craft brewers and beer geeks as the Brewers Association’s Craft Brewers Conference was held in the nation’s capital. This conference was a mix of trade shows, seminars, receptions, tap-takeovers, and special events around the city.  My hotel was in Georgetown and found a great little pizza/beer spot just
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Denver Construction Mediation Getting Past Go

Posted by Larry Cerrillo on April 02, 2013  /   Posted in Construction Mediation

GETTING PAST GO Abstract  Regardless of your endeavor—mining, oil and gas, water, housing, roads, lumbering, raising llamas or raising cane, you most likely cannot get past go until all real and perceived stakeholders are happy. You may have acquired all the requisite permits, licenses and bonds, but the local municipal or county regulator bolstered by
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