If you are a small supplier, producer, or distributor in the alcoholic beverage industry in Washington and find yourself in dispute with another business along your supply chain or with a competitor, you need an attorney who not only understands the law but knows how to fight for the little guy against unfair practices. Whether you have a breach of contract situation or are in dispute with your supplier or distributor, our beverage law attorney can help you assert your right to fair business practices to protect your small business.
Understanding the Law in Washington
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Chapter 19.126, governs the relationship between suppliers of malt beverages and spirits and their wholesale distributors. The law is intended to preserve the fair, efficient, and competitive distribution of beer and liquor in the state by doing the following:
- Assuring the wholesale distributor's freedom to manage the business enterprise, including the wholesale distributor's right to independently establish its selling prices.
- Assuring the supplier and the public of service from wholesale distributors who will devote their best competitive efforts and resources to sales and distribution of the supplier's products which the wholesale distributor has been granted the right to sell and distribute.
Businesses that violate the provisions of this law can easily cause enough damage to destroy a small producer or distributor, and they should be stopped. When you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, our beverage law attorney will determine the best and most cost-efficient remedy. Sometimes, all that is needed is a letter that states Washington law and your rights under it. Other times, you will need to litigate your dispute with another supplier or distributor. We are prepared to take the best course of action on your behalf to protect your business.
We Are Proud to Represent Small Businesses
Along with RCW Chapter 19.126 issues, our firm is also experienced in other beverage business issues. Often, larger alcohol suppliers and distributors will try to bully smaller suppliers and distributors. While small businesses often don’t have a generous legal budget to fight pressure from large companies, our firm can resolve many of these disputes affordably. Our clients appreciate that we can work together with firms that are well known and respected in the industry when necessary. This can help keep legal costs down. Our clients receive peace of mind knowing they can call us for legal advice on an issue and not be concerned about the invoice they will receive later.
See the de Maar Difference
Small beer and liquor businesses in the Seattle area are often unable to hire a large law firm to inform them of their rights and obligations under the law. Our firm helps these smaller distributors and suppliers understand their rights under the law and provides protection from baseless demands by national and international rivals in the industry. Our attorneys can advise you regarding distribution relationships, attempt to resolve disputes on behalf of your business, or litigate complex issues.
If you are a small-batch brewer or craft distiller, or operate a small beverage distribution company, and are struggling to compete due to unfair business practices or intimidation from a larger company, call de Maar Law today to talk to our beverage law attorney. We will listen to your story and let you know if we can help.