2019 Code of Alabama
Title 28 - Intoxicating Liquor, Malt Beverages and Wine.
Chapter 9 - Business Relations Between Wholesalers and Suppliers of Beer.
Section 28-9-11 - Liabilities and duties of supplier; action for damages; declaratory judgment and injunctive relief; remedies.
(a) If a supplier engages in conduct prohibited under this chapter, a wholesaler with which the supplier has an agreement may maintain a civil action against the supplier to recover actual damages reasonably incurred as the result of the prohibited conduct. If a wholesaler engages in conduct prohibited under this chapter, a supplier with which the wholesaler has an agreement may maintain a civil action against the wholesaler to recover actual damages reasonably incurred as the result of the prohibited conduct.
(b) A supplier that violates any provision of this chapter shall be liable for all actual damages and all court costs and, in the court's discretion, reasonable attorney fees incurred by a wholesaler as a result of that violation. A wholesaler that violates any provision of this chapter shall be liable for all actual damages and all court costs and, in the court's discretion, reasonable attorney fees incurred by the supplier as a result of that violation.
(c) This chapter imposes upon a supplier the duty to deal fairly and in good faith with a wholesaler which has entered into an agreement with the supplier to purchase and sell a brand or brands of beer sold by the supplier. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, if a court finds that a supplier has intentionally, consciously or deliberately acted or failed to act which was not in good faith or was in bad faith either in (1) effecting an amendment, modification, termination, cancellation, or nonrenewal of any agreement; or (2) unreasonably interfering with, preventing or unreasonably delaying the transfer of the wholesaler's business where approval of the proposed transferee is not required by this chapter; or (3) unreasonably withholding its consent to or approval of any assignment, transfer, or sale of a wholesaler's business, where approval of the proposed transferee is required by this chapter; it may, upon proof thereof by clear and convincing evidence as defined in Section 6-11-20, award exemplary or punitive damages, as well as actual damages, court costs, and reasonable attorney fees to the wholesaler who has been damaged by the action or failure to act of the supplier. Such actions or failure to act on the part of the supplier shall constitute the tort of bad faith, and the amount of any award of punitive damages and the review thereof by the trial or appellate court shall be governed by the provisions of Section 6-11-25.
(d) A supplier or wholesaler may bring an action for declaratory judgment for determination of any controversy arising pursuant to this chapter.
(e) Upon proper application to the court, a supplier or wholesaler may obtain injunctive relief against any violation of this chapter. If the court grants injunctive relief or issues a temporary restraining order, bond shall not be required to be posted.
(f) The remedies provided by this section are nonexclusive, and nothing contained herein shall abolish any cause of action or remedy available to the supplier or the wholesaler existing on March 3, 1988.
(g) Any legal action taken under this chapter, or in a dispute arising out of an agreement or breach thereof, or over the provisions of an agreement shall be filed in a court, state or federal, located in Alabama, which state court is located in, or which federal court has jurisdiction and venue of, the county in which the wholesaler maintains its principal place of business in this state.(Acts 1988, No. 88-80, p. 87, §11.)