Anheuser applauds verdict in Maris trial.
After a seven-week trial, a ten-member jury took about four hours to rule in favor of Anheuser-Busch in the action. Maris had challenged a provision in the contract that prohibits the public ownership of company distributorships. The jury ruled the provision does not harm competition and therefore is not an antitrust violation.
"The most successful wholesalers are independent, successful business people who are leading citizens in their communities," Lambright said. "Community leaders who know their local markets and have a personal relationship with customers. Private ownership facilitates this type of business relationship in local communities."
Lambright asserted that private ownership can keep beer prices down because wholesalers aren't faced with the financial obligations of public companies. He said A-B has a program that provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to borrow money and build up a wholesalership themselves.
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|Title Annotation:||Maris Distributing Co. v Anheuser-Busch|
|Publication:||Modern Brewery Age|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Dec 4, 2000|
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