Alcohol Distributor RNDC Alleges Sazerac ‘Schemed’ to ‘Circumvent the Three-tier System’ and Claims Millions Owed

The Republic National Distributing Company, LLC (RNDC) filed a counterclaim against spirits conglomerate Sazerac on March 17, in response to a mid-January lawsuit initiated by Sazerac.

The 51-page document, shared with VinePair by RNDC’s PR firm, alleges that Sazerac’s initial lawsuit lacked proper context and contained incorrect information about RNDC. The distributor claims that Sazerac attempted to work outside of the three-tier system of alcohol distribution and took an overreaching role — in conflict with U.S. distributor regulations — in selling the product.

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