FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ann Schofield Baker
Head of Copyright and Trademark Litigation, McKool Smith
Court bars Constellation Brands from selling Rosatello wine in similar packaging
LOS ANGELES, March 12, 2014 – San Antonio Winery Inc. today announced that a legal injunction was granted yesterday prohibiting global giant, Constellation Brands, from selling its “Rosatello” wine with specific packaging that San Antonio claims is too similar to its popular “Stella Rosa” product line. The order by Judge Kronstadt of the U.S. Central District of California marks a significant milestone in the Los Angeles-based winery’s mission to protect the brand image of its “Stella Rosa” trademark.
San Antonio Winery first filed a complaint on August 30, 2013, contending that Constellation’s “Rosatello” line infringed “Stella Rosa’s” products and caused brand confusion among consumers. In a triumph for San Antonio Winery, the court entered an order on March 11th preliminarily enjoining Constellation’s use of the complained-of labels on its fizzy, low alcohol, sweet wine product.
“We are pleased that the court has issued the injunction to protect the Stella Rosa trademark,” said Anthony Riboli of San Antonio Winery. “As an historic family owned and family run winery, it is imperative that we maintain the integrity of our products and traditions, and we are hopeful that our brand reputation will continue to be upheld by the law.”
*The full court order can be viewed via San Antonio Winery’s website here: http://sanantoniowinery.com/constellation.pdf
ABOUT SAN ANTONIO WINERY
San Antonio Winery Inc. is an award-winning family owned and operated winery based in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1917, the historic San Antonio Winery and Riboli family have maintained a major presence in the greater Los Angeles communities and the wine industry community for over 95 years. The success of the company is reflected in its grass-roots approach to business, endless dedication by the Riboli Family to conducting forward-thinking and socially-conscious business throughout the United States. The winery exists today largely because of the family’s mutual respect and close relationships with local communities. For more information, please visit http://sanantoniowinery.com/.
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