A federal judge has found that Ohio distributor Bobby Fisher, Inc. must refund almost $77,000 to Cerveceria Costa Rica (CCR) for the diminished value of North American Breweries brands the supplier terminated in 2013 under the successor manufacturer provisions of Ohio franchise law. The distributor originally received over half a million dollars for the brands, but sued in court for greater value, only to have the court find that a refund was in order. Citing the highly speculative nature of Bobby Fisher’s value calculations, the court undertook its own value determination in reaching its decision.
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