US: Beer, soda distributors lose out in bottle deposit ruling
A US state Supreme Court has reversed a ruling that allowed beer and soft-drinks distributors to recover nearly US$5.8m in unclaimed bottle and can deposits.
Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled yesterday (13 August) that the 12 distributors were unable to prove they had a “clear entitlement” to the unclaimed deposits. The case stems from a 2009 law, itself a revision of a 'bottle bill' introduced in 1980, that meant the state could take the money to help narrow its budget deficit.
However, the 12 distributors argued that the retroactive taking of the deposits between December 2008 and April 2009 violated their property rights. A Superior Court judge had previously ruled in favour of the distributors.
But, yesterday this ruling was overturned by the state's Supreme Court.
“The regulatory scheme contains no provision expressly granting the distributors a property interest in the unclaimed deposits,” the ruling said.
The American Beverage Association spoke out in 2009 after the law was expanded to include water bottles.
- What's so special about Islay anyway? - Comment
- Six key trends for alcoholic drinks in 2016
- What do Bourbon and craft beer have in common?
- Aus wine industry pays price for past failures
- Ten things to know about spirits in the US
- Alcohol industry warning over Kroger plan
- SABMiller hits back in UK corporation tax row
- Diageo's Orphan Barrel The Gifted Horse - NPD
- Suntory bids for Lucozade, Ribena Nigerian network
- American rye whiskey sales leap 600% in five years
- What Next for Beer and Brewers Following the MegaBrew Deal?
- Global travel retail insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global Beer Trends 2015 : Global Beer Trends and Long-term Forecasts
- Global Whiskey Market 2016-2020
- Global sparkling wine insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends research