A Circuit Court in Alabama has ruled in favor of Sweetwater Brewing Co. in a wrongful termination suit brought by Birmingham Beverage Co., the brewer’s distributor in several Alabama counties. A key factor in the court’s decision was the absence of a written agreement, with the lack of any written terms between the parties cited as warranting dismissal of Birmingham Beverage’s breach of contract claim. The court further found that, because the parties had not filed a territorial agreement with the state, Birmingham Beverage could not meet the requirement of showing the existence of an agreement necessary for any franchise law claim.
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