Halifax judge grants delay in Nova Scotia wine-making injunction case

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HALIFAX - A Halifax judge has adjourned an injunction hearing requested by the province's Crown liquor company which is trying to stop two businesses from producing wine and beer in their stores.

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Judge Michael Wood set aside the hearing until Jan. 28 in order to give the stores in Halifax and New Glasgow time to get legal advice and review court documents.

Regulatory changes introduced by the provincial government in 2011 give the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. the authority to seek a court order to prevent businesses from allowing customers to use wine kits on their premises.

A lawyer for Nova Scotia Liquor argued that today's hearing should have proceeded because it was in the public interest to uphold provincial liquor laws that prevent the use of the kits in stores.

However, Wood says he wasn't satisfied with the argument, given that the corporation has known about the activities since 2009 and only served them with legal notice Wednesday.

The owners of Wine Kitz Halifax and Water 'n' Wine in New Glasgow say they are prepared to contest the injunction.

Another similar business in New Minas has decided to comply with the regulations pending the outcome of the upcoming hearing.

Organizations: Supreme Court, Nova Scotia Liquor

Geographic location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, New Glasgow New Minas

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