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07.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

OnBeerReport

THE BEER DID IT

Talk about a lack of personal responsibility. Five inmates in Idaho are suing several beer companies, claiming the companies didn’t warn them alcohol could be addictive and they never would have ended up in jail if it wasn’t for alcohol. In December, inmate Keith Allen Brown along with 4 co-plaintiffs, filed the suit, which seeks a total of $1 billion in compensatory and punitive damages from 1O major beer and wine companies. Brown wrote in the suit he spent a “great deal of time in prison” due to “situations in which alcohol played a major role,” and that he was never “informed that alcohol was habit forming and addictive” before he became an alcoholic. The lawsuit also states the inmates “would have lead normal lives as productive members of society” if it wasn’t for alcohol. The companies, which include Miller Brewing Company, Anheuser-Busch Co., Adolph Coors Co. and others, have not yet responded to the lawsuit.

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