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SOUTHERN GLAZER’S DISTRIBUTORS OF OHIO, LLC,
Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
THE GREAT LAKES BREWING COMPANY,
Defendant-Appellant.
   No. 16-4235
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Ohio at Columbus.
No. 2:16-cv-00861—Michael H. Watson, District Judge.
Argued: May 3, 2017
Decided and Filed: June 26, 2017
Before: GIBBONS, COOK, and GRIFFIN, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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GRIFFIN, Circuit Judge. Defendant The Great Lakes Brewing Company sought to end its relationship with one of its distributors, Glazer’s of Ohio, Inc., after it executed a corporate merger without seeking Great Lakes’ consent, as required by their contract. In response, Glazer’s of Ohio’s successor corporation, plaintiff Southern Glazer’s Distributors of Ohio, LLC, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and moved to preliminarily enjoin the impending termination, arguing that the contract’s consent requirement was invalid under Ohio law. The district court agreed and found that the remaining equities weighed in favor of granting the preliminary injunction. The defendant manufacturer now appeals, and we reverse. We hold that the district court erred as a matter of law in ruling that the plaintiff distributor was likely to succeed on the merits. To the contrary, because the parties’ consent provision is valid under state law, the distributor has no likelihood of success. This legal error warrants reversal of the preliminary injunction order and a remand for further proceedings.