Judge nixes punitive damages for Maris.
Circuit Judge Buzzy Green dismissed half of the eight counts filed against the St. Louis brewer.
The New York Yankees outfielder retired from baseball in 1968 and moved to Gainesville, Florida, where he operated an Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship. He died of cancer in 1985. Mans' family sued the beer giant for $1.3 billion for taking away the distributorship in 1997.
The family still plans to seek $300 million in compensatory damages.
Anheuser-Busch attorneys said Maris Distributing repeatedly violated the terms of its agreement by repackaging outdated beer, falsifying reports and having dirty warehouses.
"We have always maintained that the plaintiff did not have any evidence to support these claims," John E. Jacob, Anheuser-Busch's executive vice president, said in a statement.
Judge Green dismissed the counts of tortious interference with employees, tortious interference with retail accounts, civil theft and conversion. However, he allowed to stand counts of unjust enrichment, breach of contract and breach of covenant. He was to decide later on a count of deceptive trade practices.
Anheuser-Busch had offered to buy the distributorship from the Mans family for $20 million before taking it away from them.
"This case is about corporate greed and how Anheuser-Busch took the Gainesville-Ocala distributorship away from this hard working and honest family," Mans attorney Madison McClellan said in a statement.
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|Title Annotation:||estate of Roger Maris|
|Publication:||Modern Brewery Age|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 16, 2001|
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