It all started with a tagline, “Reviving the Dant legacy one barrel at a time.” Wally Dant created Log Still Distillery and wanted to use his family name. Unfortunately, Heaven Hill Brands bought the ‘JW Dant’ trademark in 1993. Heaven Hill Brands quickly filed a lawsuit claiming “trademark infringement.”
The lawsuit has been going on for some time. The suit is now over as both businesses have resolved the dispute and a permanent injunction was agreed upon, approved and entered by the United States District Court on 31 July.
“Heaven Hill maintains a product portfolio of respected, historic brands with enduring legacies in the Kentucky Bourbon industry, and continuing that legacy is a priority for our business. This is a collegial industry built on strong relationships. We value Log Still as a partner in the distilling industry and wish them continued success in their distilling ventures.” said Jessica Pendergrass, general counsel and chief compliance officer for Heaven Hill.
“The uniqueness of the Bourbon industry is the collaborative work among distilleries. Heaven Hill and Log Still have worked together over the past few years to make a difference in the communities we live and work. That is what’s important for each of us. We are glad to resolve this dispute amicably and can now focus more on developing our distinctive line of products and services. Making memories with family and friends is what our campus is all about. Sharing a good Bourbon among friends is simply the result of this resolution. We appreciate Heaven Hill’s efforts as a fellow family-owned presence in this collective spirits industry and wish them the best in their endeavors, said Log Still founder Wally Dant.”
Heaven Hill Brands will continue to be the sole producer of JW Dant spirits.