The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has rendered a decision affirming a previous District Court ruling in the Retail Digital Network (RDN) case that found a specific section of California tied house law prohibiting third-party businesses from providing advertising paid for by suppliers or distributors to retailers to be constitutional. RDN’s case was 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, cited economic regulation rather than free speech as the basis of the existing tied-house statutes.
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