Judge Throws Out Johnson Bros Suit

Back in April WSD learned that wine and spirits distributor Johnson Brothers Liquor filed a complaint against Bacardi and Brown-Forman in a federal court in Minnesota on two points. One, they claim that Bacardi and B-F conspired to terminate Johnson's distribution rights in their respective states - North Dakota for Bacardi, and Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota for B-F - and appoint RNDC instead, which Johnson's lawyers say violate federal antitrust laws. Two, Johnson also claims that the terminations were done without cause in violation of the Minnesota Franchise Act, which Johnson alleges applies because its headquarters is in Minnesota and it managed the North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa distributorships from there.

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