Last Monday's dismissal of Re: Anheuser-Busch Beer Labeling, Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation – claimants cannot now bring an action on the same basis – by Donald Nugent in the US District Court in Northern Ohio, halts litigation originally begun in February 2013.
The court in Ohio had consolidated a series of multi-district class action involving plaintiffs from California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, which claimed that Anheuser-Busch used technology to ensure alcohol levels within 0.01%, and used it to water down beer.
Former ops director claimed he blew whistle on watery beer
An intriguing twist to the case centers on the fact that Anheuser-Busch's former operations director, James Clark, said he blew the whistle on the brewer's alleged watering-down of drinks, and in his new capacity as an attorney he worked with law firms representing consumers in the Californian class action.
He was sued on March 1 2013 by AB, which denied his claims regarding watered-down beer, for misappropriating trade secrets, in a case still ongoing before the US District Court for the Eastern District of California.
In the original Californian filing on February 22 2013, for instance, plaintiffs Nina Giampaoli and John Elbert claimed that Anheuser-Busch’s alcohol statements were “based on its uniform corporate policy of overstating the amount of alcohol in each of AB’s products”.
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