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April 2003
Mt. Hood: New Commandments from the Mountaintop?
by R. Corbin Houchins
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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