Court Tentatively Lets MillerCoors Out Of 'Craft' Beer Suit

By Emily Field (October 22, 2015, 6:50 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday tentatively dismissed a beer lover's proposed class action accusing MillerCoors of deceptively touting its Blue Moon beer as a "craft beer" but said he could still allege other facts besides the beer's name to support his claims.

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel said that MillerCoors LLC's use of the Blue Moon Brewing Company trade name — registered with the state as a fictitious business name — on its label shielded it from liability under California's consumer protection laws under the safe harbor doctrine, as federal regulations authorize a beer bottle to show the trade name...

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