Lawsuits

Boston Beer Facing Investor Lawsuit Related to Truly Hard Seltzer Slowdown

Boston Beer Facing Investor Lawsuit Related to Truly Hard Seltzer Slowdown

Boston Beer Company’s hard seltzer woes are spilling over into the legal system. The maker of Truly Hard Seltzer, the second best-selling hard seltzer on the market, is now facing a proposed class action lawsuit for allegedly failing to disclose the deceleration in sales of Truly to investors.

Jack’s Abby and Atlantic Lawsuit Spills into Rhode Island

Jack’s Abby and Atlantic Lawsuit Spills into Rhode Island

The legal battle between Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and Atlantic Beverage Distributors has crossed state lines into Rhode Island. Atlantic Importing and Distributing of Rhode Island, Inc., the Ocean State sister company of the Holliston, Massachusetts-based distributor, filed a lawsuit against Jack’s Abby in Rhode Island’s Providence/Bristol County Superior Court on July 23 to prevent the brewery from terminating Atlantic as its Rhode Island wholesaler. The Framingham, Massachusetts-based craft brewery had successfully ended its relationship with Atlantic’s Massachusetts operation in January.

A-B Lawsuit Claims Texas Energy Provider Price Gouged During Feb. Storm; Grupo Modelo Files Another Lawsuit Against Constellation

A-B Lawsuit Claims Texas Energy Provider Price Gouged During Feb. Storm; Grupo Modelo Files Another Lawsuit Against Constellation

Anheuser-Busch InBev has filed a pair of lawsuits this week, including one accusing the company’s Texas-based energy supplier of price gouging during Winter Storm Uri in February. Symmetry Energy Solutions, which supplies natural gas to A-B’s brewery and glass manufacturing plant in Houston, billed the world’s largest beer manufacturer $4.85 million for its energy use in February 2021, due to Texas’ spot energy market.

New Glarus CEO Vows to Fight Minority Shareholders’ Lawsuit

New Glarus CEO Vows to Fight Minority Shareholders’ Lawsuit

New Glarus Brewing co-founder and CEO Deborah Carey called a lawsuit filed last week against her and her Wisconsin craft brewery by three minority investors “slanderous,” and she said she plans to file a counter complaint. The three original investors in New Glarus claim in their lawsuit, filed in Wisconsin’s Dane County Circuit Court, that Carey breached her fiduciary duties and the company has oppressed minority shareholders.

Last Call: Spirits Lead Seltzer/RTD Label Approvals, Says BW166; July 4 Weekend Brings Out 53% of Consumers, CGA Reports

Last Call: Spirits Lead Seltzer/RTD Label Approvals, Says BW166; July 4 Weekend Brings Out 53% of Consumers, CGA Reports

Consulting firm BW166 reported that label approvals for seltzer and seltzer-like products are accelerating, with approvals trending at 334 per month compared to the 228 per month in 2020. More than half (53%) of on-premise visitors went to a bar or restaurant during the July 4 weekend, according to CGA, an on-premise market research firm.

Jack’s Abby Signs with Sheehan Family Companies for Statewide Massachusetts Distribution Following Breakup with Atlantic

Jack’s Abby Signs with Sheehan Family Companies for Statewide Massachusetts Distribution Following Breakup with Atlantic

Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and sister brand Springdale Beer Company have signed with Sheehan Family Companies to distribute its offerings statewide in Massachusetts, the company announced today. Sheehan subsidiaries Craft Massachusetts (Boston, central and western Massachusetts), L. Knife & Son (southeastern Massachusetts), and Seaboard Products (northeastern Massachusetts) will begin distributing Jack’s Abby products starting today.

Legal Roundup: Sierra Nevada Counter Sues Matagrano; Grupo Modelo-Constellation Brands Lawsuit Continues

Legal Roundup: Sierra Nevada Counter Sues Matagrano; Grupo Modelo-Constellation Brands Lawsuit Continues

Sierra Nevada has filed a counter lawsuit against Matagrano, Inc., the Chico-headquartered craft brewery’s former South San Francisco-based wholesaler, in the Superior Court of the state of California, County of San Mateo. The trademark lawsuit between Constellation Brands and Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Grupo Modelo over the former’s ability to produce and sell Corona Hard Seltzer will continue, despite Constellation’s motion to dismiss, a federal judge ruled this week.