Champagne dames in legal stoush

A legal stoush between two champagne educators with similar trading names is under way after the pair met for the very first time at a champagne event in Melbourne last week.

The Champagne Dame (Kyla Kirkpatrick) and Champagne Jayne (Jayne Powell) have been operating separate but similar businesses delighting audiences with their knowledge of champagne around the country and overseas.

Despite the two champagne educators working in the close-knit champagne industry for more than a decade, the women only met for the first time at the industry event in Melbourne, speaking briefly.

Powell’s lawyer sent Kirkpatrick a letter on Friday requesting that she change her business name, based on the similarity of her trading name.

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Powell is only just dusting herself off after locking horns with the champagne trade association, Comite Champagne in a five-year Federal Court battle over her own business name, which she admits was financially and emotionally draining. Read more

Nina Hendy – Brisbane Times – 4 Mar 2018