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Pepsi Canceled Distribution Deal After Verbal Dispute Now TRO Extended Into Injunction

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, August 5 – Christopher Chapman and Chris John Beverage Corp. sued Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of NY for ending their distribution agreement after a claim Chapman had a verbal dispute with a PepsiCo warehouse supervisor resulting in threats.  

         On July 23, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John G. Koeltlt held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

 Judge Koeltl asked about the lack of due process, and found irreparable harm and a likelihood of success on the merits.

He issued a Temporary Restraining Order.

And on August 5 he extended it into a Preliminary Injunction, to run until 10 days after any arbitral decision. A 24 year business relationship should be terminated based on a single incident of verbal altercation. Who suffered more irreparable harm - the distributor or Pepsi which could still make money under the deal?

The case is Chris John Beverage Corp. et al., v. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New York, Inc., 21-cr-6233 (Koeltl)


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