Can It Get Uglier in 2018 for One of America’s Largest Wine Companies?
This is the description of the corruption exhibited by Southern-Glazer’s, uncovered by the New York State Liquor Authority and that led it to issue a $3.5 million fine on the largest wine wholesalers in the United States.
Incidentally, this fine levied upon Southern-Glazers for violating a host of NY laws comes in the wake of Southern-Glazer’s being fined $5 million earlier in 2017 by the state of Pennsylvania for violating similar laws in that state.
Earlier in the year, Southern-Glazer’s faced the filing of a class action lawsuit charging more illegal activity. The case is under litigation in California now.
Then, there is this sex discrimination lawsuit filed against Southern-Glazer’s earlier this year.
Finally, there is the $30 million lawsuit filed in Arkansas against Southern-Glazer’s by a former Southern-Glazers VP of National Accounts who charges that he was fired for bringing to light illegal practices by the giant wholesaler. According to the lawsuit, the former Southern-Glazer’s employee was fired for bringing to light “numerous illegal pricing practices that favored individual retailers, violated anti-kickback and commercial bribery laws and violated federal antitrust laws.”
It’s quite a record. One wonders what we can expect in 2018?