MA Franchise Bill Moves from Committee

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Passing initial committee consideration, Senate Bill 104 seeks to allow small brewers (defined as under 6 million barrels) to terminate a distributor without cause and with less than the current 120-day notice (the notice provision is tiered based on sales: 30 days for brewers selling 5,000 barrels or less, 45 days for brewers selling between 5,001 and 350,000 barrels, and 60 days for brewers selling between 350,001 and 6 million barrels) for 50%, 100% and 110% respectively of the total cost of the fair market value of the wholesaler’s rights to sell and distribute the brand(s) of the terminating small brewer.

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