Importer Wins Franchise Act Case Appeal

CHRIS BAILEY | Ohio Tavern News Editor
Published: 08/07/2012

CLEVELAND — An appeals court recently granted a Cleveland wine importer a partial victory in a lawsuit filed over the termination of the importer’s franchise agreement.

The Eighth District Court of Appeals ruled there was no just cause for Italian wine producer il Molino de Grace to terminate its franchise agreement with BelVino LLC, a Cleveland wine importer and distributor. The decision last month overturned a ruling by the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas that granted il Molino and its new importer, Empson USA, summary judgment from BelVino’s lawsuit.