Business Law

Business Law News 2015, Issue 1

Traditional Franchise and Beer Distribution Relationships: A Legal Comparison

Barry Kurtz and Bryan H. Clements

Barry Kurtz, a Certified Specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law by the California State Bar Board of Specialization, is the Chair of the Franchise & Distribution Law Practice Group at Lewitt Hackman in Encino. Barry may be reached at bkurtz@

Bryan H. Clements is an associate attorney at Lewitt Hackman and may be reached at bclements@

Beer distribution laws differ from traditional franchise laws in many ways, but the two regimes do share some commonalities. As a matter of fact, many states now regulate the relationship between those who brew or import beer into a particular state (known as brewers) and those who receive beer, warehouse beer, and distribute beer to retailers in that state (known as distributors) by way of special relationship statutes that have been patterned after, and closely resemble, the relationship statutes some states have passed to protect franchisees in traditional franchise relationships.

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