After a kerfluffle brewed between the makers of Five Wives vodka and the State of Idaho, the distillery issued a statement that it was pursuing legal action. Now Idaho has been formally informed of those intentions.
In a letter dated June 6, Jonathan Turley notified Jeffrey Anderson, director of the Idaho State Liquor Division of Ogden's Own Distillery's intent to pursue legal action. Turley is a professor at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., now retained to represent Ogden's Own.
"In a desire to avoid unnecessary litigation, this letter demands that you reverse your rejection of special orders of 'Five Wives Vodka' and that you not use this same basis to reject the product in a renewed request for general listing," wrote Turley.
The move comes on the heels of the ISLD's promises to work with the distillery, and the Boise-based distributor, Elite Spirits. However Anderson maintains that the product isn't carried on Idaho state shelves because of its sub-par taste, competitive price point and concern for its risque label.
"The product is OK, it's average," Anderson told Boise Weekly. "But at $21.95, we don't see it being successful in Idaho. The packaging was only the tie-breaker."
Turley also wrote:
"Absent such a reversal of the decision and the underlying policy, we will assume that the matter will have to be submitted to a federal court for appropriate relief."