Popcorn Sutton Being Sued By Jack Daniels

    October 27, 2013
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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Popcorn Sutton was a moonshiner who lived in Parrottsville, Tennessee. Sutton was well known for making great moonshine and for the most part, avoiding law enforcement. In the 1970s and the 1990s he was put on probation. He wrote an autobiography and created a home video of himself making moonshine. Many of the popular moonshine makers today try to model their own moonshine making after Popcorn Sutton.

Sutton commited suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in in 2009 to avoid serving time in prison, but his whiskey and legacy still lived on through the Popcorn Sutton’s Tennessee White Whiskey Company that is owned by J&M Concepts LLC and widow Pam Sutton as well as Hank Williams, Jr.

The Popcorn Sutton’s Tennessee White Whiskey has ran into a small problem. It is being sued by Jack Daniels because the Popcorn Suttun bottle looks too much like the bottle that Jack Daniels used to bottle their whiskey.

Popcorn Sutton himself sold his whiskey in mason jars. To keep with tradition, the company also chose to distribute the whiskey this way for several years but recently decided to update their bottle.

The new bottle began to appear in stores in late 2012 and early 2013 and the Jack Daniel’s company’s suit, filed in Nashville wants the Popcorn Sutton bottle removed from the market. They are claiming the bottle is trademark infringement.

Jack Daniel’s are asking for an injunction to stop Popcorn Sutton Moonshine from using their iconic square bottle and black-and-white label. They are also asking to be reimbursed for money lost because of the bottle and trademark infringement. The companies will either appear in court or come to a settlement that will benefit both whiskey makers.

Image from Creative Commons.

  • http://Dontknow Troy Simmons

    Thats crazy, Jack daniels company needs to grow up. How to you copyrght a bottle shape and a color . as long as the logos arent close ,there sgould be no problem with it.makes me dislike these larger companies even more ,Talk about Bullies.

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  • Cole CGlin

    Jack Daniels is just jealous cause they know Popcorns whiskey is way better than and a threat to Jack Daniels.

  • Tara

    Seriously?! All they are trying to do is make the “little man” go bust. I would love to see them prove how they lost money because of this. That will be hard as hell to do and is a prerequisite for what they are wanting.

  • shy dog

    as si would say get a life jack #$#$DANIELS

  • Gregg Strong

    To me Jack Daniels is being a baby…. come on grow up !!! Are they afraid an old dead moonshiner is going to hurt their big corporate business…. I’ve bought my last bottle of Jack….

  • http://Yahoo! LB

    The complaint department for Jack Daniel’s is: 1-888-551-5225. Call them and tell them what you think about this stupid lawsuit! Oh, and say anything else that comes to mind!

  • http://yahoo Rick

    I have been a Jack Daniel’s guy for over 30yrs and they pull this crap on a start up distillery. That just pisses me of. NO MORE Jack in this house, ever. I will make a special trip to get some Sutton this week. Hope this helps the good company and not the big bully.

  • Mike the Vike

    JD- stop wasting yor time & money.
    “It jest ain’t wurth it; they ain’t gonna hurt yor bizness none.”

  • http://yahoo Jean

    Sounds like Jack Daniels is hurting themselves. Poor Popcorn…They should have just left him alone….

  • http://yahoo Rick

    Great advertising for Popcorn. Thanks Jack—off

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  • AC

    In the spring of 2013 (post new bottle and label) I, my sister, my brother-in-law and my daughter drove to Tennessee (2.5 hours one way) so each of us could buy some of Popcorn’s White liquor. It was just after the 4th of July and everyone was out! WE kept looking until we found a shop with it in stock. I am not a drinker but know of Popcorn’s life and wanted to show support to his family by owning a bottle of his White lightning. Ah.. liquor. I did not know, and did not care what his bottle or the label looked like. I would have bought it had it been on purple construction paper and written with a crayon. Jack Daniel’s has a lot of nerve of saying that we bought our bottles thinking we were buying a Jack Daniel’s brand. Had I thought that, the bottle would have stayed of the shelf!!! I will be happy to testify if anyone who be interested!!!

  • stacy

    Who cares both men are dead but more important they both ended up in hell with no money or booze most likely would have both done it different if they could now how much blood is on your hands? This life will pass eternity is forever ask the rich man who begged for one drop of water

  • Mike Sutton

    He’s dead… Give him a break!!!

  • Mike Sutton

    He’s dead already FU!!

  • James K McCarty

    No confidence at the house of Jack people might find new and better . And greed.

  • d. pappy paplow

    Dear Jack Daniel’s, Popcorn says “Go Fuck Your Self” his product is way better than jd’s will ever be!

  • d. pappy paplow

    These large company’s think they should be the only one’s making this product, go the the local spirt’s store and see all the different product’s that can be purchased, it’s totally re-dick-u to think there label and bottle would cause a sales drop, ever think the economy and police pressure might have something to do with sales!

  • granny k

    J D has lost more sales because of this lawsuit than they have lost to Popcorn’s company !

  • http://webpro jlg

    I wont buy jack no mo,be as si says be
    happy happy happy buy popcorn

  • EJ

    I have to say this a very stupid and pointless lawsuit. First, I only see minor similarities between the two bottles. I am lucky enough to not have cataracts. Evan Williams, looks a heck of a lot more like JD than Popcorn Sutton, but of course they don’t want to start a fight with EW. So, JD, stop trying to rip off this whiskey manufacturer called Popcorn Sutton, and let the man rest in Peace! Will be buying EW instead of JD!

  • alex

    Popcorn Sutton moonshine Jack Daniels and coke Taste great They should work together Because it makes a good drink