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Duck Walk Vineyards Sued Over Wine Labels

Duckhorn Wine Co. says Duck Walk is violating a past court settlement concerning ducks on bottle labels, Napa Valley Register reports.

Duck Walk Vineyards, which has wineries in Water Mill and Southold, was sued in Napa County Superior Court earlier this month for failing to indicate its location on the front of its wine bottles, an alleged violation of a past trademark dispute settlement, according to Napa Valley Register.

Napa Valley Register reports that Duckhorn Wine Co., of California's Napa Valley wine region, came to a settlement in 2003 with Duck Walk Vineyards in which the Long Island company agreed to indicate where the wine was made on the front label of all its wine bottles. The vineyard also agreed that no more than 84,000 gallons of wine could be produced with the word "duck" or pictures of ducks on the bottle — except for the company name, the report states.

The lawsuit claims that Duck Walk has not honored the agreement, and Duckhorn Wine Co. wants Duck Walk to stop selling more than half the wine it produced outside of the tri-state area, according to the report.

An attorney for Duck Walk told Napa Valley Register that Duck Walk is in compliance with the settlement, and Duckhorn Wine Co. does not own the word "duck." The attorney said, “They can sue us all they want. They won’t win.”

Read the article at napavalleyregister.com.

Frank T January 25, 2013 at 07:46 PM
It's so confusing Duck Walk and Duckhorne? Really? I think someone has a lot of free time at Duckhorne or has too many attorneys on payroll. I guess my new label Horne Duck wouldn't comply.
Ted Sheckler January 25, 2013 at 09:05 PM
What about Horny Duck Wine??
AstevensWmill January 26, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Available only at Ted's single batch foot pressed wine emporium I presume?
Ralebird January 26, 2013 at 06:40 AM
Aflac!
indy January 26, 2013 at 03:09 PM
That's what I was thinking or sumpin........nnsssssss.
Michael Richardson January 26, 2013 at 04:15 PM
If they do not own the word Duck then why did Duckwalk agree to a settlement in 2003? Of course because fighting it would cost $$$$ Now Duckwalk has to Send Lawyers to Ca, $$$$$ haha!!!!
christie nicolle January 26, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Shakespeare was right: "Kill all the lawyers".

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