DUBLIN, Texas, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company is responding to a lawsuit filed against the company earlier today by corporate partner Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS).
As the oldest Dr Pepper bottler in the world, Dublin Dr Pepper has served customers since 1891, after becoming the first company to offer Dr Pepper in a bottle. The family-owned company still operates in the same building where it was founded 120 years ago.
In the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, attorneys for Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple claim Dublin Dr Pepper is in violation of a contract between the two companies.
Following is the response from Dublin Dr Pepper:
“We are surprised to learn that our corporate partner has taken this action, but we are confident that this lawsuit will not succeed. We have been a loyal partner to Dr Pepper Snapple longer than any other bottler, and we’ve worked successfully with several different ownership groups for our parent company to become one of the company’s most successful franchisees. It is unfortunate that Dr Pepper Snapple’s attorneys are asking our overburdened court system to resolve what we believe is a business matter, but we look forward to telling our side of the story before a judge and jury, and we will continue to provide great products and great service to every one of our customers.”