The previously decided Retail Digital Network (RDN) case, involving the ability of a third-party business to provide advertising paid for by suppliers or distributors to retailers, in which the court upheld a prohibition on such a service will now undergo an en banc review by the Ninth Circuit Court. RDN’s case is a challenge of California tied-house laws based on an alleged violation of First Amendment free speech rights, while those disputing RDN’s case, including the California Craft Brewers Association, cite economic regulation rather than free speech as the basis of the existing tied-house statutes. The Brewers Association has joined the CCBA in an amicus filing in the latest round of review.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.See Pete Johnson's Articles