AB InBev Accused Of Retaliation Over Watered-Down Beer Suit

By Kurt Orzeck (April 1, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT) -- An ex-Anheuser-Busch InBev NV employee-turned-lawyer on Friday urged a California federal judge to dismiss the company's trade secrets suit against him, accusing AB InBev of retaliation over his role in a class action alleging the company watered down its beer.

In a memorandum, former director of operations support James Alan Clark said AB InBev had broken federal law by filing a breach of contract suit against him because the "vague and winnable" complaint was a transparent effort to trample on his free speech rights. The company's suit also violates California law barring strategic lawsuits against public participation, he said.

"To allow...

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