A Texas judge has reportedly voided a 2013 law prohibiting Texas craft-beer brewers from selling territorial rights to distribute their beers, finding the state had no compelling state interest in restricting the breweries. The statute was part of a package of other laws benefitting small breweries, but the distribution limitation was apparently inserted at the behest of large Texas wholesalers. The rule prevented brewers from receiving monetary compensation for distribution rights.

The brewer who challenged the law, a former plaintiffs’ attorney, told Texas Lawyer, “It restores millions of dollars of value to brewers who had their rights taken from them for no justifiable reason.” See Houston Chronicle, August 26, 2016; Texas Lawyer, August 29, 2016.