Everyone’s favorite federal authorities, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is now conducting a joint operation with investigators from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission targeting alleged “pay to play” schemes in Chicago, the Quad Cities and Peoria. This is the second such investigation from the TTB this year.
“Pay to play,” also known as “slotting fees,” is an unlawful trade practice that hurts law-abiding industry members and limits consumer choice.
The TTB stated: “We appreciates this opportunity to work together with our law enforcement partners in Illinois to ensure that existing industry members and smaller businesses just entering the marketplace can compete based on customer service and consumer preference rather than on their ability to buy shelf space.”
For more information regarding unlawful trade practices, please visit its Trade Practices Laws and Regulations page.