Massachusetts Franchise Bill Filed

Senate Docket 1434 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 production at either 30, 45 or 60 days) for fair market value as determined by the terminated distributor and successor distributor. If those two parties fail to agree, the determination is made through binding arbitration, with the successor distributor compensating the terminated distributor.


  1. Senate Docket 1434

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. 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.

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