Snyder's-Lance Ducks Suit Over Premerger Distribution Deals

Law360, Philadelphia (October 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday tossed a suit by a number of New York food distributors accusing Snyder's-Lance Inc. of squeezing them out of shelf space and denying access to key products in breach of their contracts that predate a 2010 merger.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner ruled that the contracts written before the tie-up between cracker giant Lance Inc. and the Snyder's of Hanover Inc. pretzel empire did not give the distributors exclusive rights to handle the merged company’s entire product line. The judge...
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