Case Conclusion Date: March 22, 2011
Practice Area: Litigation
Outcome: Summary Judgment
Description: Wholesale beer distributors brought action against two beer manufacturers alleging that termination of their distributorships following manufacturers' formation of joint venture was wrongful, under Ohio law, and sought injunction preventing termination of distributorships. Both parties moved for summary judgment. The District Court, Michael H. Watson, J., held that under Ohio law, joint venture was not a successor manufacturer so as to allow termination, without just cause or consent, of existing beer distributorships.