Maker's Mark and parent company Beam Suntory won a lawsuit Monday in Florida that had alleged misleading marketing in the labeling of the premium bourbon as "handmade."
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle dismissed the complaint of two Florida consumers "with prejudice," ending the case.
"In all events, the plaintiffs have not stated a claim on which relief can be granted," the ruling stated.
The case was one of several across the country against spirits makers over claims that they are misleading consumers.
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A class-action lawsuit was filed last year against Templeton Rye, alleging that the labels violated state laws against deceptive advertising by selling whiskey made in Indiana as if it were produced locally with a Prohibition-era recipe in Iowa.
The company announced in August that it would change the label to acknowledge that the rye is made in Indiana, but the case is proceeding.
Tito's Handmade Vodka, based in Austin, Texas, also has been sued in San Diego by a consumer who alleges that that spirit isn't handmade.
In December, a separate lawsuit was filed in San Diego against Maker's Mark, seeking more than $5 million in damages. That case is pending, but Maker's Mark officials said in a statement that they expect to prevail there, too.
Maker's Mark, with its trademarked red wax, is one of the most popular and best-selling bourbons, selling more than 9 million bottles a year.
"We have asserted all along that the complaints in this case were frivolous and without merit, and we are very pleased the court agreed with our position so emphatically," said Rob Samuels, chief operating officer of Maker's Mark.
This ruling is very good news, and it should send a strong message to those who would seek to gain from similar baseless and irresponsible litigation," said Kent Rose, senior vice president and general counsel of Beam Suntory.