Court Splits On Wholesaler Claims Of Franchise Violations

CHRIS BAILEY | Ohio Tavern News Editor
Published: 05/15/2012

CANTON — An appeals court here took different views of a local beer wholesaler’s claims of franchise law violations against two companies.

The Fifth District Court of Appeals last month reversed a lower court ruling that found the owner of the Labatt beer brand violated state franchise law when it terminated Esber Beverage Co.’s contract to distribute its products, but upheld a ruling in favor of Esber in a case involving The Wine Group.