Santa Clara, CA: Allegations of fraud are being made against the largest wine and spirits distributor in the United States, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits LLC. The complaints, including a lawsuit filed by a California resident, allege Southern Glazer’s cheated consumers by billing them for liquor they did not buy and forcing them to purchase bottles and cases of alcohol they did not need.
Some of the allegations, made by a licence holder for the now closed Arena Lounge in San Jose, state that the licence holder “found that he had been assessed thousands of dollars in taxes for liquor he supposedly purchased, but did not purchase, from Southern.”
The licence holder filed a complaint, alleging Southern Glazer’s “knowingly engaged in unfair, unlawful, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices” regarding its sales and distribution scheme.
Additionally, allegations have been made that “Southern’s unlawful scheme also includes sales and distribution of alcohol at reduced prices, if not the provision of alcohol free of charge, to persons/entities who may or may not maintain valid liquor licenses and/or selling liquor to different parties at different prices, in violation of various federal alcohol regulations, federal and state unfair competition statutes…”