Distributor Sues Massachusetts ABC

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Distributor Craft Brewers Guild (CBG) is suing the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) in the wake of the ABCC’s finding that CBG violated state rules against offering inducements to retailers. Craft Brewers Guild opted to pay a fine of over $2.5 million (based on profits earned in a 90-day period) rather than accept a license suspension of 90 days. In its suit, CBG claims that, in reaching its decision, the ABCC exceeded its authority, violated constitutional provisions, made errors of law and acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner.