Consumers sue A-B InBev, SABMiller to block sale

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A group of Oregon consumers is suing Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, seeking to block the pending $108 billion merger of the world’s largest brewers.

The lawsuit, DeHoog et al vs. Anheuser-Busch InBev, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, alleges that A-B InBev’s acquisition of London-based SABMiller will lessen competition in the U.S. in violation of federal antitrust laws.

A-B InBev’s purchase of SABMiller is slated to close in the second half of 2016. To alleviate antitrust concerns in the U.S., A-B InBev said last month that SABMiller would sell its stake in U.S. beer joint venture MillerCoors to partner Molson-Coors, so Miller brands wouldn’t be owned by the same company as Bud Light and Budweiser in the U.S.

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