Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Dublin, Texas, the world’s oldest Dr Pepper bottler, has issued a response to a federal lawsuit filed against the family-owned company by the corporate entity controlled by Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS).

In the lawsuit filed June 30, Dr Pepper Snapple has asked a federal court to terminate its licensing agreement with Dublin Dr Pepper, and to prevent the small bottling company from using the iconic Dublin Dr Pepper name. The lawsuit also seeks to prevent sales of the one-of-a-kind soft drink on Dublin Dr Pepper’s website and toll-free number, in addition to asking for attorneys’ fees. The federal court claim came as a surprise to the independent bottler following decades of support, endorsement and encouragement from its corporate partner (more…)