(a) Upon written notice of intent to transfer the business of the wholesaler, any individual owning or deceased individual who owned an interest in a wholesaler may transfer the business of the wholesaler to a designated member, or any other person who meets the nondiscriminatory, material, and reasonable qualifications and standards required by the supplier for Alabama wholesalers. The consent or approval of the supplier shall not be required of any transfer of the business of the wholesaler, including the assignment of the rights of the wholesaler under the agreement, to a designated member or shall not be withheld or unreasonably delayed to a proposed transferee, other than a designated member, who meets such nondiscriminatory, material, and

Terms Used In Alabama Code 45-37-21.08

  • agreement: Any agreement between a wholesaler and a supplier, whether oral or written, whereby a wholesaler is granted the right to purchase and sell a brand or brands of wine sold by a supplier. See Alabama Code 45-37-21.03
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • DESIGNATED MEMBER: The spouse, child, grandchild, parent, brother, or sister of a deceased individual who owned an interest, including a controlling interest, in a wholesaler; or any person who inherits the ownership interest of the deceased individual in the wholesaler under the terms of the will of the deceased individual, or under the laws of intestate succession of this state; or any person who or entity which has otherwise by designation in writing by the deceased individual, succeeded the deceased individual in the business of the wholesaler, or has succeeded to the ownership interest of the deceased individual in the wholesaler pursuant to a written contract or instrument; and also includes the appointed and qualified personal representative and the testamentary trustee of a deceased individual owning an ownership interest in a wholesaler. See Alabama Code 45-37-21.03
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • following: means next after. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • GOOD FAITH: Honesty in fact and the observance of reasonable commercial standards of fair dealing in the trade, as defined in and interpreted under the Uniform Commercial Code, Section 7-2-103. See Alabama Code 45-37-21.03
  • person: includes a corporation as well as a natural person. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • REASONABLE QUALIFICATIONS: The standard of the reasonable criteria established and consistently used by the respective supplier for Alabama wholesalers that entered into, continued, or renewed an agreement with the supplier during a period of 24 months prior to the proposed transfer of the business of the wholesaler, or for Alabama wholesalers who have changed managers or designated managers during a period of 24 months prior to the proposed change in manager or successor manager of the business of the wholesaler. See Alabama Code 45-37-21.03
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • supplier: A manufacturer or importer of wine licensed by the board. See Alabama Code 45-37-21.03
  • TRANSFER OF THE BUSINESS OF THE WHOLESALER: The voluntary sale, assignment, or other transfer of all or control of the business or all or substantially all of the assets of the wholesaler, or all or control of the capital stock of the wholesaler including, without limitation, the sale or other transfer of capital stock or assets by merger, consolidation, or dissolution, or of the capital stock of the parent corporation, or of the capital stock or beneficial ownership of any other entity owning or controlling the wholesaler. See Alabama Code 45-37-21.03
  • United States: includes the territories thereof and the District of Columbia. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • wholesaler: A wholesaler of wine licensed by the board. See Alabama Code 45-37-21.03

reasonable qualifications and standards. Provided, however, the supplier shall have the burden of proving that the proposed transferee fails to meet such qualifications and standards which are nondiscriminatory, material, and reasonable and consistently applied to Alabama wholesalers by the supplier. Provided, such designated member or transferee shall in no event be qualified as a transferee without the prior written approval or consent of the supplier, where such proposed transferee shall have been involved in any of the following:

(1) Insolvency filing of any voluntary or involuntary petition under any bankruptcy or receivership law, or execution of an assignment for the benefit of creditors.

(2) Revocation or suspension of an alcoholic beverage license by the regulatory agency of the United States government or any state, whereby service was interrupted for more than 61 days.

(3) Conviction of a felony under the United States Code, or the laws of any state which reasonably may adversely affect the good will or interest of the wholesaler or supplier.

(4) The involuntary termination, cancellation, nonrenewal, or discontinuance by a supplier of an agreement for good cause.

(b) The supplier shall not interfere with, prevent, or unreasonably delay the transfer of the business of the wholesaler, including an assignment of the rights of the wholesaler under the agreement, if the proposed transferee is a designated member, or if the transferee other than a designated member meets such nondiscriminatory, material, and reasonable qualifications required by the supplier for Alabama wholesalers. Where the transferee is other than a designated member, the supplier may in good faith and for good cause related to the reasonable qualifications refuse to accept the transfer of the business of the wholesaler or the assignment of the rights of the wholesaler under the agreement. The supplier shall have the burden of proving that it has acted in good faith and that there was good cause for failure to accept or consent to the transfer of the business of the wholesaler or the assignment of the rights of the wholesaler under the agreement. (Act

2013-346, p. 1230, §9.)