Lawsuits

Jack’s Abby Seeks to Terminate Atlantic Beverage Distributors

Jack’s Abby Seeks to Terminate Atlantic Beverage Distributors

Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers is attempting to sever its relationship with Atlantic Beverage Distributors, its Massachusetts wholesaler. The Framingham, Massachusetts-based craft brewery provided Atlantic with notice on January 14, two days after franchise law reform was enacted in the state.

VPX-Owned Brand Quash Seltzer Sues PepsiCo

VPX-Owned Brand Quash Seltzer Sues PepsiCo

VPX Pharmaceuticals took its legal battle against PepsiCo to a second front this week as VPX-aligned company Quash Seltzer LLC filed a lawsuit alleging the conglomerate has threatened its prospective distribution partners out of doing business.

Sheehan Family Embroiled in Lawsuit as 2 Sons Sue Father

Sheehan Family Embroiled in Lawsuit as 2 Sons Sue Father

A dispute in one of the most prominent families in the beer industry — the Massachusetts-based Sheehans, owners of Sheehan Family Companies, which operates beer wholesalers in 13 states and Washington, D.C. — has spilled into the court system. Timothy G. Sheehan and George L. Cushing, a trustee who represents trusts that benefit Tim Sheehan and his brother John T. Sheehan, filed a civil lawsuit in Massachusetts’ Suffolk Superior Court alleging that the patriarch and matriarch of the family, Gerald (“Jerry”) and Maureen Sheehan, have violated their fiduciary duties and misappropriated company funds.

California Craft Brewers Association Sues Governor Newsom Over Inequitable Treatment

California Craft Brewers Association Sues Governor Newsom Over Inequitable Treatment

The California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director Sandra Shewry alleging that the state has infringed upon the constitutional rights and denied the state’s beer manufacturers equal protection by requiring them to serve a meal to guests in order to operate their tasting rooms while not imposing the same restrictions upon the state’s winemakers.

Arbitrator Rules Pepsi-Bang Distribution Deal Still Alive

Arbitrator Rules Pepsi-Bang Distribution Deal Still Alive

Despite claims by Vital Pharmaceuticals/VPX Sports boss Jack Owoc that “terminated means terminated,” PepsiCo can continue to distribute Bang energy drinks until the completion of ongoing dispute between the two parties, according to an emergency arbitration ruling issued on Monday.

Miami-Based Biscayne Bay Brewing Files Lawsuit Against Heineken-Backed La Tropical Holdings

Miami-Based Biscayne Bay Brewing Files Lawsuit Against Heineken-Backed La Tropical Holdings

Miami-based Biscayne Bay Brewing has filed a lawsuit against La Tropical Holdings B.V. and Cerveceria La Tropical USA LLC, alleging that they and their parent companies, Heineken N.V. and Heineken USA, have no basis for their claims of trademark infringement. Those claims, the company alleged, cost Biscayne Bay a commercial relationship with Major League Soccer franchise, team Inter Miami CF.

Bell’s Brewery Excluded From Monarch Beverage’s Sale to Reyes in Indiana

Bell’s Brewery Excluded From Monarch Beverage’s Sale to Reyes in Indiana

Bell’s Brewery’s portfolio will be excluded from the sale of Indianapolis-headquartered Monarch Beverages to the Reyes Beer Division, after the Comstock, Michigan-based regional craft brewer informed its distributors last year it would not allow its brands to be sold to certain successors.