Attempt to block Inbev's takeover of Anheuser-Busch Fails

on 27/10/10 at 11:43 pm

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ST. LOUIS — The latest quest by 10 Missouri beer consumers who tried to block InBev’s $52 billion takeover of U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch fell flat Wednesday when an appeals court refused to resurrect their antitrust lawsuit.

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge’s decision to throw out the lawsuit last year. The suit claimed the 2008 merger of Belgium-based Inbev and St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch – which created the world’s largest brewer – would diminish competition and raise beer prices.

The panel suggested that allowing the lawsuit to go forward now could be counterproductive and fruitless.

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