· Parker, ex-aide drop lawsuits: Robert Parker and and his former translator Hanna Agostini have dropped their respective court actions against each other. It's incredibly complicated, but the cases revolve around a fraud that French authorities say Agostini perpetrated against a Dutch-Belgian wine company by pretending she was acting with the authority of Parker's Wine Advocate ratings empire.· Is five-cent sale legitimate? A San Francisco man is suing Beverages & More, a West coast retail chain, claiming that its famous "five-cent" sales are deceptive advertising and should be stopped. BevMo, as the chain is known, will sell you a second bottle of wine for a nickel if you buy the first bottle for full price. The lawsuit alleges that BevMo inflates the price of the bottle so much that it's actually more expensive to use the nickel promotion than to buy two bottles at the normal price. This blogger discovered the same thing: Alamos malbec, mostly a $10 wine, being sold for $19.99 for the first bottle and five cents for the second.