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Young’s e-mail address is gyoungnlj.com. coca-cola’s contracts with certain retailers violated Texas law, warranting a $14.6 million judgment and a related injunction, the Texas Court of Appeals, 6th Appellate District, said on July 17. Coca-Cola Co. v. Harmar Bottling Co., No. 06-01-00120-CV. A group of carbonated soft drink bottlers sued Coca-Cola for restraint of trade, monopolistic practices and interference with existing and prospective business relationships. A jury awarded the bottlers $14.6 million in damages. The trial court also issued a seven-year injunction barring Coke from taking certain actions including specifying retailer’s placement of Coke products or requiring particular ratios of display or marketing between Coke’s products and competing soft drink brands. Affirming all but an award of attorney fees (which was remanded for further proceedings), the appeals court said that under the Texas Free Enterprise and Antitrust Act and the Texas Bus. & Com. Code Ann. § 15.04, Coke’s business practices were unlawful because its agreements required retailers to restrict their merchandising and marketing of competing products in what the court deemed an unfair manner.

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