Beer Drinkers Can’t Revive Anheuser-Modelo Monopoly Suit

Law360, San Francisco (January 24, 2014, 5:08 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Friday ended efforts by a group of beer drinkers to revive their antitrust case opposing Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $20.1 billion acquisition of Group Modelo, rejecting arguments that the defendant companies abandoned a competitive pricing agreement they promised to follow.

In a brief written order, U.S District Court Judge Maxine Chesney dashed the plaintiffs’ bid to leverage their monopoly claims with new information about price increases on beer.  

During oral arguments Friday, plaintiffs' attorney Joseph M. Alioto of Alioto Law Firm asserted...
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