Nicole Hancock

Nicole Hancock

Nicole Hancock specializes in providing counseling and litigation legal services to beer, wine and distillery businesses. She has experience with litigation matters, commercial contracts, product liability lawsuits, wine and beer franchise disputes, trade secret violations, unfair practices claims, consumer protection, and corporate torts. Nicole also represents beer and wine distributors with local franchise law and regulatory counseling, and growers and agricultural entities with grower contracts, processing agreements, production contracts, Department of Agriculture investigations and appeals, PACA claims, and other agricultural law-related issues. Nicole, a partner in our Boise office, has been selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” by Chambers USA in Litigation: General Commercial from 2011 to the present. A client is quoted as saying: “She has done an outstanding job – she is not afraid to tackle tough cases.”

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Idaho District Court finds beer and wine “sub-distributorships” should be afforded same protections for distribution rights as distributor

Beer and wine distributorships are protected under Idaho franchise laws, like the majority of other states, from having their distribution rights terminated unless the reason falls within one of those enumerated under Idaho franchise laws. Without one of the listed reasons, a distributor cannot involuntarily lose its distribution rights.  This franchise protection has increased the … Continue Reading

SB 1335 and What it Means for Idaho Distilleries

Beginning July 1, 2014, Idaho distilleries will be allowed to provide samples of their products at their manufacturing facilities, as has been permitted at breweries and wineries throughout the state of Idaho for quite some time. There are some conditions on the samples offered by a manufacturer: (1) the samples must be free; (2) samples … Continue Reading

Idaho Wine, Beer & Distilleries Law Seminar – Thursday, March 1, 2012

Please join us for our inaugural Idaho Wine, Beer & Distillers law seminar at the Boise Centre in Boise, ID on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Panels to include these hot topics, plus much more: Start-ups (licensing, permitting and business formation) Trademarks (protecting your investment) Distribution and other key contracts Land use issues Employee matters For … Continue Reading