Bill Koch vs Greenberg trial begins

The case is Koch v. Greenberg, 07-cv-9600, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

Koch is suing Greenberg in the US District Court over US$320,000 he spent on 24 bottles of wine in 2005, which has been said to be fake.  

Koch purchased what were advertised as wines from the Bordeaux and Burgundy regions, some dating to Napoleonic times and the Belle Epoque.  He claimed that Eric Greenberg, the founder and chairman emeritus of Scient Corp., who’d consigned the wines, defrauded him.

Koch’s lawyer, told the court that is was heartbreaking for a collector to find out that wine was not authentic, because “it was about more than just a bottle and a flavour.”

This isn’t Bill Koch’s first case screaming fraud.  Koch’s previous claims have included that he was sold counterfeit wine, marked “Th.J.,” that had purportedly belonged to Thomas Jefferson. Koch won a default judgment against German wine dealer Hardy Rodenstock, who’d consigned the purported Jefferson bottles to Christie’s for sale.


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