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(815 ILCS 720/5)
(from Ch. 43, par. 305)
No brewer shall:
(1) Induce or coerce, or attempt to induce or coerce,
any wholesaler to engage in any illegal act or course of conduct either by threatening to amend, modify, cancel, terminate, or refuse to renew any agreement existing between the brewer and the wholesaler, or by any other means.
(2) Require a wholesaler to assent to any
unreasonable requirement, condition, understanding or term or an agreement prohibiting a wholesaler from selling the product of any other brewer or brewers.
(3) Directly or indirectly fix or maintain the price
at which a wholesaler may resell beer.
(4) Fail to provide to each wholesaler of its brands
a written contract which embodies the brewer's agreement with its wholesalers and conforms to the provisions of this Act.
(5) Require any wholesaler to accept delivery of any
beer, signs, advertising materials, or any other item or commodity which has not been ordered by the wholesaler, or require any wholesaler to accept a common carrier for delivery of beer into this State unless the wholesaler consents to the common carrier. In the event a brewer adopts a uniform practice of delivering beer into this State to the premises of all licensed wholesalers, the brewer may select the common carrier in this State.
(6) Require a wholesaler without the wholesaler's
approval to participate in an arrangement for the payment or crediting by an electronic fund transfer transaction for any item or commodity other than beer or to access a wholesaler's account for any item or commodity other than beer.
(7) Require a wholesaler to assent to any requirement
prohibiting the wholesaler from disposing, after notice to the brewer, of a product which has been deemed salvageable by a local or State health authority. Nothing herein shall prohibit the brewer from having the first right to purchase the salvageable product from the wholesaler at a price not to exceed the original cost of the product or to subsequently repurchase the product from the insurance company or salvage company.
(8) Refuse to approve or require a wholesaler to
terminate a manager or successor manager without good cause. A brewer has good cause only if the person designated as manager or successor manager by the wholesaler fails to meet reasonable standards and qualifications.
(9) Present an agreement to a wholesaler that
attempts to waive compliance with any provision of this Act or that requires the wholesaler to waive compliance with any provision of this Act. A wholesaler entering into an agreement containing provisions in conflict with this Act shall not be deemed to waive compliance with any provision of this Act. No brewer shall induce or coerce, or attempt to induce or coerce, any wholesaler to assent to any agreement, amendment, renewal, or replacement agreement that does not comply with this Act and the laws of this State.
(10) Terminate or attempt to terminate an agreement
on the basis that the wholesaler refuses to purchase signs or advertising materials or any quantity or types thereof.
(11) Discriminate against a wholesaler who has
entered into a contract relative to signs or advertising materials by not making signs or advertising materials or any quantity or types thereof available to the wholesaler when the brewer makes available such signs or advertising materials to other similarly situated wholesalers in this State.
(12) Present an agreement requiring the wholesaler to
arbitrate all disputes without offering the wholesaler in writing the opportunity to reject arbitration and elect to resolve all disputes by maintaining a civil suit in accordance with this Act.
(13) Fail to assign brand extensions to a wholesaler
who has been granted the territory to the brand from which the brand extension resulted and agrees to accept the brand extension; however, this requirement does not apply if the wholesaler is not in compliance with the agreement at the time the brewer offers the brand extension to the wholesaler.
(14) Terminate, cancel, or non-renew or attempt to
terminate, cancel, or non-renew an agreement on the basis that the wholesaler fails to agree or consent to an amendment at the time such amendment is presented to the wholesaler. A brewer may amend an agreement including operating standards at any time without the wholesaler's consent if such amendment does not materially, substantially, and adversely affect the wholesaler and such amendment is effective as to all wholesalers of the brewer in the State.
(15) Coerce or attempt to coerce a transferring
wholesaler to sign a renewal agreement, replacement agreement, or an amendment to an agreement by threatening to refuse to approve or delay issuing an approval for the sale or transfer of a wholesaler's business.
The agreement must provide in substance that the agreement shall be governed by all applicable provisions of State law, and that such State law is incorporated into the agreement, shall be deemed to be a part thereof, and shall supersede any provision of the agreement in conflict with such State law. If an agreement presented to the wholesaler does not provide this provision in substance the brewer must furnish an executed Illinois addendum to the wholesaler stating that the agreement shall be governed by all applicable provisions of State law, and that such State law is incorporated into the agreement, shall be deemed to be a part hereof, shall supersede any provision of the agreement in conflict with such State law, and shall govern and control.
No brewer who, pursuant to an agreement with a wholesaler which does not
violate antitrust laws, has designated a sales territory for which the
wholesaler is exclusively responsible or in which the wholesaler is required
to concentrate its efforts, shall enter into an agreement with any other
wholesaler for the purpose of establishing an additional wholesaler for the
brewer's brand, brands, or brand extension in the territory.
No wholesaler who, pursuant to an agreement is granted a sales territory
for which it shall be exclusively responsible or in which it is required to
concentrate its efforts, shall make any sale or delivery of beer to any
retail licensee whose place of business is not within the territory granted
to the wholesaler.
(Source: P.A. 95-240, eff. 8-17-07; 96-662, eff. 8-25-09; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)