Whiskey maker Templeton Rye reaches settlement in lawsuits over drinks' production

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The makers of Templeton Rye have agreed to settle three class-action lawsuits that disputed claims the company made about the origin and production of its whiskey.

The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1RwgCN1 ) reports that documents filed in Polk County District Court show that the settlement agreement requires the company to change labeling on its bottles and language on its website.

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Specific details about the settlement aren't yet public because the document hasn't been filed in an Illinois court where two of the three lawsuits are filed.

Templeton Rye co-founder Keith Kerkhoff declined to comment because a judge hasn't approved the agreement.

The lawsuits claimed that the company marketed its whiskey as being made in Iowa, when its recipe actually was based on a stock spirit made in an Indiana distillery.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com