The Antique Wine Company (Franchising) Limited, The Antique Wine Co. (Holdings) Limited, AWC Global Plc, and Stephen Williams) have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Julian LeCraw jnr in the District Court Northern District Atlanta Division. LeCraw filed a lawsuit in April 2014 for $25 million in damages alleging that The Antique Wine Company knowingly sold him fake Lafites and d'Yquem from the 19th century.
Ensuring the authenticity of the wines it buys and sells is of paramount importance to The Antique Wine Company, which is why it maintains extensive records proving traceability from its suppliers and beyond, including documents from châteaux and producers.
Despite its diligence and industry-leading process for ensuring that the wines it buys and sells are authentic, on 17th April 2014 Julian LeCraw Jr, a former client of The Antique Wine Company, filed a lawsuit in the United States (Atlanta, Georgia) making unfounded allegations that 15 bottles of wine supplied to him were counterfeit, and making exaggerated claims for losses and damages in connection with wines The Antique Wine Company had been asked to sell for him.
This communication updates interested parties upon the current position of The Antique Wine Company on this matter:
London, England – 16th June 2014. The Antique Wine Company has today filed the following motions and associated exhibits in The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division.
MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM
MOTION TO DISMISS BASED ON FORUM NON CONVENIENS
MOTION TO DISMISS FOR LACK OF PERSONAL JURISDICTION
Links to other exhibits can be found at the end of this document.
Examples of the above may be found in Exhibit 6.
2. The Antique Wine Company did not pro-actively solicit Mr LeCraw Jr to purchase all of the wines at issue from the company. In fact, several of the wines, including the two oldest and most valuable bottles were also being offered for sale to Mr LeCraw Jr by two of London’s largest fine wine merchants – Fine and Rare Wines and Bordeaux Index. It was Mr LeCraw Jr who specifically asked The Antique Wine Company to secure the bottles on his behalf. There is a clear record of communications that demonstrates The Antique Wine Company was not alone in being comfortable and confident in offering these particular wines for sale.
The above may be found in Exhibit 3 and Exhibit 4 .
The above may be found in Exhibit 12 and paragraphs 54-57 of Stephen Williams’ declaration.
a. The Antique Wine Company purchased the wines from reputable suppliers at fair market value and sold them at industry standard margins. This is not a position that is compatible with fraudulent activity.
The above may be found in Exhibit 5.
(Combined, 9Mb PDF) https://awc-wine.com/media/pdfs/lecraw/LeCraw-Exhibits-1-14.pdf