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No more buyouts?

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in blog | Comments Off on No more buyouts?

In an earlier article, we mentioned the buyout of Jim Beam by Suntory Holding,however further news of buyouts may become rare. Assuming this deal goes through as scheduled, there is a lack of small companies left to buyout. Several other companies also had their eyes on acquiring Beam Inc., including Diageo, the world’s largest distiller. Conglomerate companies now control a wide range of liquors, boiling the market down to only a few real choices. Between the big four (in order):  Diageo, Pernod, Suntory, and Brown-Forman, only a few smaller groups exist. However, a few potential future buyouts could still be made. For example Campari, a private family owned business holding the Skyy Vodka and Wild Turkey labels, and Bacardi, (who owns Grey Goose and Bombay), could each be bought out in the near future, but it is not likely. Besides those...

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Driving Too Slow?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Driving Too Slow?

At Hastie Law Offices we often get asked this question: Can I be pulled over for driving too slow? While speeding has been a long recorded crime, recently slow-speed violations have been piling up. Although the police claim there is no specific aim at slow-speed drivers, over 1,600 slow drivers have been cited since 2009. Many people drive artificially slower around the police in an attempt to not be noticed, but now cops are cracking down on the preventative practice. Different explanations have been made for the slow-speed violation increase, but the main cause is safety. A study from the 19060s showed driving too slow is just as dangerous as driving too fast. On the highways, over 200 tickets have been made for someone traveling under 10 mph. Taxies appear to be the main violators. Taxies often must slow...

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Closed for Good?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Closed for Good?

Columbus officials are trying to remove liquor licenses from 14 businesses in the city. While over 2,000 establishments have liquor licenses, this plan is to get rid of “the worst of the worst” of them. Some of these establishments have been selling alcohol to minors, and after hours, but the rest are for other crimes. Locations with high numbers of 911 calls, arrests or histories of violence are being targeted, as well as alleged gang activity and drug sales. Two of these establishments have been on previous years’ lists, but have managed to maintain their license. We know these are stressful situations for a permit holder. At Hastie Law Offices we have extensive experience defending liquor permit holders facing revocation and/or non-renewal objections.  Permit holders are allowed to continue operation until a ruling is made by the Ohio Liquor...

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Ohio’s Top Selling Liquors

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in blog | Comments Off on Ohio’s Top Selling Liquors

Top Liquor Sales in Ohio (By Gallonage) Top 10 Selling Liquors (Country of Origin, Type) 1. Jack Daniels, Black Label (US, Whiskey) 2. Crown Royal (Canada, Whiskey) 3. Kamchatka, 80 Proof (US, Vodka) 4. Captain Morgan, Spiced Rum (Virgin Islands, Rum) 5. Bacardi, Superior Light (Bermuda, Rum) 6. Smirnoff, No. 21 (Russia, Vodka) 7. Absolut, 80 Proof (Sweden, Vodka) 8. Black Velvet (Canada, Whiskey) 9. Jagermeister (Germany, Herbal Liqueur) 10. Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey (Canada, Whiskey) Top 10 Whiskies (Country of Origin, Rank in Ohio overall) 1. Jack Daniels, Black Label (US, 1) 2. Crown Royal (Canada, 2) 3. Black Velvet (Canada, 8 ) 4. Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey (Canada, 10) 5. Jim Beam (US, 13) 6. Seagram’s 7 Crown (Canada, 14) 7. Jameson (Ireland, 19) 8. Windsor Supreme (Canada, 21) 9. Canadian Mist (Canada, 27) 10. Canadian Club (Canada, 28)...

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Red Light Cameras in Ohio

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in blog | Comments Off on Red Light Cameras in Ohio

Controversy is surrounding the new practice of putting cameras at intersections to catch drivers running red lights. While court cases in Ohio have allowed municipalities “home rule” on using red-light and speed cameras, a string of bans has now swept across Ohio resulting in many counties banning the practice. Hamilton and Butler County have banned the use of red-light and speed cameras through the courts, and appellate courts have also deemed the use of these cameras unconstitutional in Toledo and Cleveland on the grounds that traffic tickets are controlled exclusively by municipal courts. Toledo is still scheduled to appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, but the chances of a reversal are low.  Columbus began the practice in 2006 and is now up to 38 cameras city-wide, but no case has yet to be heard in Franklin County. The state...

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