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Settlement paid by TN wholesaler.

Settlement paid by TN wholesaler

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has accepted a $50,000 offer-in-compromise to settle violations of the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act by Ajax Turner, a Nashville, TN, beer distributor.

Director Stephen Higgins said ATF inspectors in Nashville and Tullahoma, TN, had discovered Turner was making sponsorship payments to the Nashville Fair Board to have his products featured exclusively. These payments were made each year to the board since 1983.

The wholesaler was also charged with "giving things of value" to several local retailers to have its beer brands favored, Higgins said. In addition, the company paid a sponsorship fee in connection with the Nashville Riverfest.

"This violation was serious, and they're paying an offer-in-compromise in lieu of action against their basic permit," Higgins explained.

The FAA Act, enacted by Congress in 1935, is intended to promote fair competition in the marketing of alcoholic beverages by prohibiting certain trade practices which cause exclusion of competing products.
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Title Annotation:Tennessee beer distributor Ajax Turner
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Jan 21, 1991
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