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Court says A-B violated unfair trade act.

The Florida judge hearing the Maris case said last week that there is sufficient evidence for charges that Anheuser-Busch Gas. Inc. used unfair trade practices.

The Maris family has sued the brewery for breach of contract, deceptive and unfair trade practices, among other things. The family claims the brewery unfairly terminated the Maris Distributing Co., a beer distributorship in Gainesville-Ocala, Fla. that was given to baseball slugger Roger Maris by the late August "Gussie" Busch Jr. The Marises have already lost one court case against Anheuser-Busch.

Anheuser-Busch said that the Marises violated terms of their contract. The brewery took over the distributorship in 1997.

A statement released by John Jacob, executive vice president and chief communications officer for A-B, said, "We are confident that the court will find that Anheuser-Busch has acted properly in this matter."
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Title Annotation:Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc.
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 23, 2001
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