Anheuser, Modelo Merger Will Be Tipping Point, Suit Warns

Law360, Los Angeles (March 22, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT) -- Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world's biggest beer brewer, will have a virtual monopoly on beer sales in the U.S. if federal authorities approve its proposed $20.1 billion acquisition of top-selling importer Grupo Modelo, warns an antitrust suit filed Friday in California federal court.

The plaintiffs — nine beer drinkers who live in Missouri and California — claim the proposed merger violates the Clayton Antitrust Act. With MillerCoors owning a roughly 30 percent share of beer sales in the U.S., the merger would mean that two companies would...
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