Author Archives: William Adams

About William Adams

Attorney at Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP.

SB 384:  The Legislation to Extend Hours of Operation

  California is on the verge of changing legislation which has been on its books since the end of Prohibition.  Since that time, California alcohol businesses have been banned from operating between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., … Continue reading

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What are the limitations on Happy Hours?

    Happy hours offer a great deal of versatility for a business to attract new customers and set itself apart from the competition.  As with most marketing in this industry, however, there is a series of rules and regulations … Continue reading

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The Top Fifty Craft Breweries of 2016

The Brewers Association released its annual lists of breweries – two lists: Craft breweries and overall breweries. The lists can be found here:  Top Fifty

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Five wage & hour principles most likely to land you in hot water

Employment laws are so wide-ranging and detail-specific that businesses often ignore the simplest but most sacrosanct rules.  For a broader and detailed understanding, a good place to start is at the website of the Labor Commissioner – Dept. of Industrial Relations.  However, … Continue reading

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Brewery & Distillery Law Powerpoint

These slides are from a Powerpoint presentation I gave on two topics (regulations and contracts) at an NBI conference on brewery and distillery law.  Without the oral presentation, these slides are useful more for the purpose of spotting issues.  If … Continue reading

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Starting a Craft Brewery- Part 4 – business structure and distribution

Part 1 of this series discussed state licensing for establishing a brewery.  Part 2 discussed municipal and county regulations for a new brewery.  Part 3 discussed the process to receive federal permits, labeling requirements, and brewer’s bonds.  Part 4 will … Continue reading

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Protecting your recipe with trade secret law

This article will describe the requirements for a recipe to be a trade secret, effective tools to meeting the requirements, and the potential benefit of holding a trade secret. Continue reading

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