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Maris family files new suit against Anheuser.

The Maris Distributing Company has filed a $1 billion defamation lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch. The suit alleges that Anheuser-Busch, its executives and spokespersons "tried to and good name."

This comes exactly four weeks after a Gainesville jury ruled that Anheuser-Busch had wrongfully taken the family's Ocala-Gainesville beer distributorship in March 1997. The jury ordered Anheuser-Busch to pay the Marises $139 million dollars before the judge changed the jury's verdict and ordered the St. Louis brewery to pay the Marises only $50 million, the fair market value of the

A jury ruled Aug. 3 that the brewing giant improperly took away a beer distributorship from the Maris family.

However, jurors said they meant to award the family $139.7 million, but were confused by the judge's instructions.

Green told jurors to only consider the market value of the distributorship and not lost sales figures, which the panel estimated to be $89.7 million.

"It's not about money. It's about making things right and justice being served," Mans Distributing Co. President Rudy Mans told The Gainesville Sun.

Still pending before Green is the issue of whether the Marises should receive prejudgment interest.

With interest, the $50 million verdict would increase to $72.5 million, McClellan said.
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Title Annotation:Maris Distributing Co.
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 10, 2001
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