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Maris family won't give up; sues for $2.5 billion.

Associated Press--Former home run king Roger Mails' family will seek $2.5 billion in a breach-of-contract lawsuit against beer giant Anheuser-Busch, their attorney said last week.

The family members took over the lucrative Ocala-Gainesville beer distributorship after Mails' death in 1985, but Anheuser-Busch canceled the deal soon afterward.

"It created an opportunity for them to do what they're doing, to oust the family," attorney Willie Gary said.

The Maris family lost a related case against the St. Louis-based corporation in federal court last year. The latest lawsuit is scheduled to begin April 30 in Alachua County Circuit Court.

Describing Anheuser-Busch as "greedy," Gary said Mans and his family worked hard to maintain the beer distributorship, worth about $20 million.

The company "is out to drive this family out of business," Gary said.

John Jacob, an Anheuser-Busch vice president, disputed Gary's assertion that the distributorship was revoked without cause. The contract was terminated because the Maris group falsified records and allowed stale beer to be sold. "This has nothing to do with Roger Mails," Jacob said. "They did not meet the standards. They did now follow the rules... They were duping the corporation and our consumers."
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 26, 2001
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