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  S.B. No. 2580
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to actions under the Beer Industry Fair Dealing Law.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 102, Alcoholic Beverage
  Code, is amended by adding Section 102.21 to read as follows:
         Sec. 102.21.  CONTINUITY OF CERTAIN PROTECTIONS FOR BEER
  DISTRIBUTORS. The protections provided to beer distributors by
  Subchapters C and D apply regardless of whether there is a transfer
  or change of ownership of a brand at the manufacturing level.
         SECTION 2.  Section 102.21, Alcoholic Beverage Code, as
  added by this Act, is not intended to change the law but is intended
  to affirm the policy of this state that the protections provided to
  beer distributors by Subchapters C and D, Chapter 102, Alcoholic
  Beverage Code, apply to a distributor regardless of whether there
  is a transfer or change of ownership of a brand in the manufacturing
  tier.
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter D, Chapter 102, Alcoholic Beverage
  Code, is amended by adding Section 102.82 to read as follows:
         Sec. 102.82.  STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS. A person must bring
  suit on an action arising under this chapter not later than four
  years after the day the cause of action accrues. If a termination
  related to a change in ownership of the brand occurs, the cause of
  action accrues when either the new brand owner or the transferring
  or selling brand owner provides notice of termination to the
  distributor.
         SECTION 4.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a cause of action that accrues on or after the effective date of
  this Act. A cause of action that accrues before the effective date
  of this Act is governed by the law in effect immediately before that
  date, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2580 passed the Senate on
  May 14, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2580 passed the House on
  May 26, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor