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TTB Press Release

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May 2, 2018
For Immediate Release
Tom Hogue, info@ttb.gov
202-453-2180

TTB Accepts Record $900,000 Offer in Compromise for Trade Practice Violations

FY-18-06

Washington, D.C. — The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has accepted a $900,000 offer in compromise from Warsteiner Importers Agency Inc. for alleged violations of the trade practice provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act. This is the largest single offer in compromise for trade practice violations accepted by TTB to date.

Warsteiner Importers Agency Inc. is alleged to have engaged in Tied House, Commercial Bribery, and Exclusive Outlet violations that either placed, or had the potential to place, the retailer's independence at risk. This offer in compromise was submitted to settle all possible alleged violations.

TTB remains committed to actively enforcing the trade practice provisions of the FAA Act so that consumers can continue to enjoy a wide selection of products and that industry members can compete for those consumers in a fair and open marketplace.

Please visit www.ttb.gov for additional information on prohibited trade practices or to see this and other offers in compromise that have been accepted.

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