The Comité Champagne’s legal department is constantly hard at work defending the Champagne name. Disputes come in all shapes and sizes. Some may be settled out of court, some go to trial. Some are landmark cases that set a legal precedent.
In 1960, the British High Court ruled against so-called ‘Spanish Champagne’, a sparkling wine distributed in Great Britain. This opened the way to legal action in defence of Champagne throughout countries under British jurisdiction. It also set a useful precedent for other countries including Spain. The campaign was subsequently expanded to address cases of indirect competition from non-alcoholic beverages, with successful prosecutions for fraud
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