Category: Distribution Agreements

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Winery cannot avoid contractual forum selection provision in dispute with distributor – a good clause lets you choose where a suit or arbitration will take place

A little background on this dispute. Westside Winery, Inc., contracted with Pasternak Wine Imports LLC (“Pasternak”), making Pasternak the sole distributor and marketing agent...

beer distributor fight over change in control beer distribution agreements
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Court properly interprets “reasonableness” requirement in clause common to most beer distribution franchise statutes concerning sales of rights and changes in ownership

Bonanza Beverage took MillerCoors to court over MillerCoors’s attempts to enforce a portion of MillerCoors’s distribution agreement with Bonanza after Bonanza informed MillerCoors that...

Craft beer freshness dates craft beer stale beer craft beer rotation Byrne v. Hayes Beer Distributing Company Illinois Court Beer distribution decision regarding rotating fresh craft beer for stale beer and penalizing employee drives for craft beer distributors who done rotate stocks of beer.
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Illinois court renews drivers’ challenge to beer distributor’s program of deducting cost of stale beer left on shelves from drivers’ commissions – distributor’s arguments claim stale beer rotation is a health/safety/welfare issue.

It’s great to see a distributor living up to its distribution agreement obligations – rotating out stale beer for fresh beer (if this isn’t...

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Illinois has held no written notice is required to terminate a beer distribution agreement for a distributor’s failure to timely pay for beer upon demand in accordance with the Illinois Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act.

Every once in awhile we like to post about a throw-back case that’s important to brewer/distributor relationships. This opinion in Central Imports v. Dortmunder...