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Mt. Hood: New Commandments from the Mountaintop?

Apr 2003 Issue of Wine Business Monthly
On February 20, 2003, the Washington Supreme Court in Mt. Hood Beverage Co. vs. Constellation Brands, Inc. invalidated Washington's so-called "Wholesale Distributor/Supplier Equity Agreement Act." The decision ends twenty years of state-mandated distribution agreement terms that shielded Washington wholesalers from the ordinary commercial consequences of doing a poor job for larger out-of-state wineries and breweries.Mt. Hood Beverage Company and other wholesalers sued under the Act because the ...
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