Texas Court of Appeals Reverses T.G.I. Friday’s Label Decision

In a case brought by Mark Anthony Brewing against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) challenging the TABC’s refusal to approve the labels for Mark Anthony’s T.G.I. Friday’s branded flavored malt beverages based on Texas’ ban on private-label malt beverage/beer labels, an appeals court has overturned a previous ruling in Mark Anthony’s favor that had cited First Amendment issues in reaching its decision. The appeals court found, rather, that the licensing agreement between Mark Anthony and T.G.I. Friday’s gave T.G.I. Friday’s control over Mark Anthony’s business in a manner that violated Texas’ tied-house statutes and regulations.

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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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