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Plaintiffs allege merger would create beer market monopoly

By Robbie Hargett | Dec 7, 2015


MEDFORD, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – A class of primarily Oregon citizens is suing Anheuser-Busch InBev to prevent its proposed acquisition of SABMiller.

James DeHoog, Brian Bouteller, Shonna Bouteller, Carly Bowen, et al., filed a lawsuit Dec. 1 in the Medford Division of the U.S. District Court of Oregon against Anheuser-Busch InBev, SA/NV (ABI) and SABMiller (SAB), alleging violations of Section 7 of the Clayton Antitrust Act.

ABI, headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, is the largest brewer in the world, holding 25 percent of the global market share. SAB, which includes Miller Coors, is the second-largest brewer in the world.

This action is brought under Section 16 of the Clayton Antitrust Act to permanently prohibit ABI's proposed acquisition of SAB, which the suit claims will substantially lessen competition and create a monopoly in the production, distribution, and sale of beer in the U.S.

The plaintiffs seek a judgment enjoining the consummation of ABI's proposed acquisition of SAB, plus costs of the suit. They are represented by attorneys Christopher L. Cauble and Rachele R. Selvig of Cauble & Cauble in Grants Pass, Oregon; attorney Joseph M. Alioto of Alioto Law Firm in San Francisco (pending pro hac vice); attorney Gil D. Messina of Messina Law Firm in Holmdel, New Jersey; attorneys Ronald H. Severaid and Carter Glahn of Severaid & Glahn in Sacramento; and attorney Jeffery K. Perkins of the Law Offices of Jeffery K. Perkins in Tiburon, California.

Medford Division of the District of Oregon Case number 1:15-CV-02250-CL

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U.S. District Court of OregonAnheuser-Busch InBevCauble and Cauble, Attorneys at LawLaw Offices of Jeffery K. PerkinsMessina Law FirmSeveraid & Glahn, PC