Sim Ashton & McKay LLP first to successfully challenge VQAO’s Authority

Posted June 30th, 2014

Patrick Cotter and Stephanie Roberts successfully defended Royal DeMaria Wines Co. Ltd. against charges brought under the Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999 (the “VQA Act”) for using terms, descriptions and designations established by the Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario (the “VQAO”). This was the first case to successfully challenge the VQAO’s authority to revoke wine approvals under its corporate bylaws and the VQA Act.