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Subject: Cosentino: Legal, Regulatory Hurdles Mount - WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT - EMAIL EDITION

Date: 2010-02-20 15:43:24

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Cosentino: Legal, Regulatory Hurdles Mount

Cosentino Winery's legal, regulatory and financial hurdles continue to mount with:
  • The VA Filtration trial which opened Feb. 18.
  • Carpenter Ranch lawsuit scheduled for trial May 14.
  • An imminent CDFA decision on whether or not to revoke its license to buy winegrapes.
  • Two lawsuits by wine brokers claiming unpaid commissions.
  • A major judgment obtained by Mustard's Grill moving closer to enforcement.
  • A new California State Tax lien filed by EDD.
  • An unpaid-wage judgment from the California Labor Commission.
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VA FILTRATION TRIAL STARTS WITH DISPUTED BILLING AND MULTIPLE BUSINESS ENTITIES

Napa-based VA Filtration filed against Cosentino Winery LLC to recover $33,445 plus $4,900.40 in interest it stated was owed for work performed in 2008.

According to court documents and testimony in open court, VA Filtration was hired by Cosentino Winery to reduce volatile acidity in 22,166 gallons of Petite Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot at Crystal Valley Cellars near Lodi. The cost of that treatment was $20,745.

Crystal Valley Cellars LLC, like Cosentino Winery LLC, is a subsidiary of CSEL (see diagram, below).

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  • VOLATILE ACIDITY REDUCTION ON 12,000 GALLONS OF ZINFANDEL DISPUTED
  • COSENTINO DENIES LIABILITY, SAYS WRONG CORPORATE ENTITY SUED
  • JUDGE URGES SETTLEMENT, RESULT UNKNOWN
  • CARPENTER RANCH SUES FOR $569,759 AFTER PAYMENT AGREEMENT FAILS
  • CDFA RULING IMMINENT: COULD BAR PURCHASE OF WINEGRAPES
  • BROKER LAWSUITS CLAIM SALES COMMISSIONS UNPAID
  • MUSTARD'S GRILL ESTABLISHES LIEN AGAINST WINERY PROPERTY
  • CALIF. EDD LIEN CLAIMS UNPAID EMPLOYMENT TAXES
  • STATE LABOR COMMISSION OBTAINS JUDGMENT FOR UNPAID WAGES

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