Guest Column – Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the 21st Amendment

  By: Brannon P. Denning, Center for Alcohol Policy Advisory Council member and professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law   Each year the Center for Alcohol Policy sponsors an essay contest to foster debate, analysis, and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States. The topic for…Read More

New Virginia Law Helps Industry Members Receive Declaratory Rulings Before Costly Litigation

Virginia recently passed a law that will provide clarity to both brewers and distributors alike.   Below is a summary of the bill provided by Walter Marston of Marston & McNally who represents the Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association: An amendment to the Virginia Beer Franchise Act effective July 1 will enable breweries and beer wholesalers to…Read More

First Guest Column- Why Should The Public Care About Franchise Laws

We’ve had the ability to do guest columns on this website but never utilized it until now.  These guest columns are not to be considered legal advice but rather are thoughts on issues  relating to alcohol law and policy.  The first guest column is brought to us by Mike Madigan, a partner in Madigan, Dahl and Harlan…Read More

Ohio Court Rules Against Attempt by Pabst to Terminate Ohio Distributors

 An Ohio judge ruled for distributors and against Pabst in its effort to terminate distributors.   Pabst Brewing Co. stock was sold to Pabst Holding Co and Pabst Holding claimed to be a successor manufacturer.  They terminated existing distributors under OH Franchise Act and the distributors brought this matter to court.   The court stated that interpretation of…Read More

California Attorney General Warns Suppliers and Importers: Do Not Control Other Licensees

In a very forceful advisory, the California Attorney General has made it clear that California law does not allow suppliers to micromanage and control distributor licensees.  This guidance apparently went to over 600 importers and suppliers.  The staff of the attorney general actually  spent time reviewing the proposed supplier contracts to state law and were very concerned…Read More