Ill. Law Discriminates Against Anheuser-Busch: Judge

Law360, New York (September 7, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT) -- Anheuser-Busch Inc. has won its bid for a judicial declaration that an Illinois law blocking the beer giant from buying local alcoholic beverage distributor City Beverage LLC unfairly discriminates against out-of-state brewers.

Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Friday granted Anheuser-Busch's motion for partial summary judgment that the the Illinois Liquor Control Act of 1934 — which prohibits out-of-state licensed brewers from possessing an ownership interest in a licensed Illinois distributor — is unlawful under...
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