Nebraska Revised Statute 53-169.01

Chapter 53 Section 169.01

53-169.01.

Manufacturer; interest in licensed wholesaler; prohibitions; exception.

(1)(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (2) of this section, no manufacturer of alcoholic liquor holding a manufacturer's license under section 53-123.01 and no manufacturer of alcoholic liquor outside this state manufacturing alcoholic liquor for distribution and sale within this state shall, directly or indirectly, as owner or part owner, or through a subsidiary or affiliate, or by any officer, director, or employee thereof, or by stock ownership, interlocking directors, trusteeship, loan, mortgage, or lien on any personal or real property, or as guarantor, endorser, or surety, be interested in the ownership, conduct, operation, or management of any wholesaler holding an alcoholic liquor wholesale license under section 53-123.02 or a beer wholesale license under section 53-123.03.

(b) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (2) of this section, no manufacturer of alcoholic liquor holding a manufacturer's license under section 53-123.01 and no manufacturer of alcoholic liquor outside this state manufacturing alcoholic liquor for distribution and sale within this state shall be interested directly or indirectly, as lessor or lessee, as owner or part owner, or through a subsidiary or affiliate, or by any officer, director, or employee thereof, or by stock ownership, interlocking directors, or trusteeship in the premises upon which the place of business of a wholesaler holding an alcoholic liquor wholesale license under section 53-123.02 or a beer wholesale license under section 53-123.03 is located, established, conducted, or operated in whole or in part unless such interest was acquired or became effective prior to April 17, 1947.

(2) A manufacturer of beer may acquire an ownership interest in a beer wholesaler, for a period not to exceed two years, upon the death or bankruptcy of the beer wholesaler with which the manufacturer is doing business or upon the beer wholesaler with which the manufacturer is doing business becoming ineligible to hold a license under section 53-125.

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Annotations

  • The interest forbidden by this section is a financial or business interest. Nebraska Liq. Distrib. v. Nebraska Liq. Cont. Comm., 269 Neb. 401, 693 N.W.2d 539 (2005).

  • While the forbidden interest in this section is worded as that of the manufacturer in the wholesaler and not the interest of the wholesaler in the manufacturer, the obvious intent of the Legislature is to forbid both types of interests. Nebraska Liq. Distrib. v. Nebraska Liq. Cont. Comm., 269 Neb. 401, 693 N.W.2d 539 (2005).

  • Amendments made to this section by Laws 2007, LB 578, contained a Grandfather Clause that violated the Equal Protection Clause and the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the United States Constitution and the Grandfather Clause was not severable from the other amendments. The section as amended is unconstitutional. Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. v. Heineman, 534 F.Supp.2d 1001 (D.Neb.2008).