In December 2014, a state judge preliminarily approved a settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch. The complaint, which was originally filed in 2013, claims that the company misleadingly markets Kirin beer as being imported from Japan without adequately disclosing that it is actually brewed in the United States. According to the settlement terms, class members may receive a $0.50 refund for every purchase of a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles, a $1 refund for every purchase of a 12-pack of 12-ounce bottles, and a $0.10 refund for every purchase of an individual bottle or can. Class members with proof of purchase may receive a maximum refund of $50 and class members without proof of purchase may receive a maximum refund of $12. In addition, the company agreed to stop describing the beer as imported and to prominently display the phrase “Brewed under Kirin’s strict supervision by Anheuser-Busch in Los Angeles, CA and Williamsburg, VA” on the Kirin beer labels and packaging. (Suarez et al v. Anheuser-Busch Cos. LLC, Case No. 2013-33620-CA-01, Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida).

For more information about other class-action lawsuits filed against Anheuser-Busch and TINA.org’s coverage of the company, click here.

For more information about other class-action lawsuits regarding the misleading advertising of alcohol and TINA.org’s coverage of the issue, click here.

 


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Veza Sur Beer

Class Action

Veza Sur Beer

Allegations: Misleadingly marketing that Veza Sur is a craft beer made in Miami with Latin roots when it is not a craft beer and has no authentic Latin roots and…

Bud Light Platinum Hard Seltzer

Class Action

Bud Light Platinum Hard Seltzer

Allegations: Misleadingly marketing that beverages are made with agave to make consumers think they contain agave spirits when the ingredients list reveals they actually contain agave syrup as a sweetener

Cacti Agave Spiked Seltzer

Class Action

Cacti Agave Spiked Seltzer

Allegations: Misleadingly marketing that beverages are made with agave to make consumers think they contain agave spirits when the ingredients list reveals they actually contain agave syrup as a sweetener

Ritas Margarita, Mojito, Rosé, and Sangria Drinks

Class Action

Ritas Margarita, Mojito, Rosé, and Sangria Drinks

In November 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Anheuser-Busch for allegedly falsely advertising its Ritas™ Margarita, Mojito, Rosé, and Sangria drinks. Plaintiffs claim that the company makes consumers believe…

Ritas Beverages

Class Action

Ritas Beverages

In September 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Anheuser-Busch for allegedly falsely advertising Ritas™ brand beverages in a way to make consumers think that the Sparkling Margarita beverages contain…

Leffe Beer

Class Action

Leffe Beer

October 2016: This case was voluntarily dismissed When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled. as to the named plaintiff and When a complaint is dismissed without…

Anheuser-Busch Malt Beverages

Class Action

Anheuser-Busch Malt Beverages

June 2013: These two cases were transferred to a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Ohio to be heard with other similar cases. Click here to learn more about the MDL. (In…

Busch Beer

Class Action

Busch Beer

March 2017: This case was voluntarily dismissed because the parties entered a confidential settlement agreement. The named plaintiffs’ claims were dismissed When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot…

Bud Light Lime-A-Rita

Class Action

Bud Light Lime-A-Rita

April 2017: Plaintiffs’ petition for en banc review was denied. March 2017: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit. The appellate court…

Beck’s Beer

Class Action

Beck’s Beer

April 2016: The appeal was dismissed When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled., the reasons for which have not been disclosed. November 2015: An objector filed…

Anheuser-Busch Beers

Class Action

Anheuser-Busch Beers

March 2016: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s decision to dismiss this lawsuit. (In Re: Anheuser-Busch Beer Labeling Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, Case No. 14-3653,…


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