SABMiller Escapes S. African Watchdog's Antitrust Case

Law360, New York (March 24, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT) -- South Africa's antitrust court on Monday dismissed a Competition Commission case accusing a SABMiller PLC unit and its distributors of illegally divvying up beer distribution territories and fixing retail prices, putting an end to the nearly 10-year-old dispute.

The Competition Tribunal ruled that the distributors were not sufficiently independent from South African Breweries Ltd. to count as independent economic entities and as a result couldn't form a conspiracy with the beer giant to thwart competition amongst themselves and from other distributors.

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