Anheuser-Busch Reaches Settlement in Becks Beer Consumer Fraud Class Action Lawsuit

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Santa Clara, CA: A settlement has been reached in a consumer fraud class action lawsuit pending against Becks Beer. The lawsuit alleges that the beer is produced in St. Louis and brewed with water from Missouri, not imported from Germany, as customers may have been led to believe.

Anheuser-Busch, the makers of Becks, tricked consumers into thinking Beck' was a German beer, according to the lawsuit. The beer used to be brewed in Germany by its German owners until 2002 when it was sold to Belgium' Interbrew, which then merged with Brazil' AmBev, to become InBev, which in turn acquired Anheuser-Busch. Production of Beck' moved to St. Louis in 2012, according to the lawsuit.

According to the settlement terms, eligible class members are entitled to a refund of up to $50. Settlement class members include customers who purchased Beck' beer, including Beck' Dark and Beck' Light, since May 2011. The settlement has yet to receive final approval but if approved, class members can fill out an online form to claim a refund. Beck' drinkers can get 10 cents back for every individual bottle purchased; 50 cents for a six-pack or $1.75 per 20-pack.

Refunds will be capped at $50 for claims backed by a valid proof of purchase. Consumers who didn't keep receipts are entitled to no more than $12. Full terms will be made public upon final approval of the settlement.

Additionally, under the settlement terms, Anheuser-Busch agreed to make labeling adjustments. A statement on the bottle saying it' made in the USA will become more visible. The green boxes in which the bottles are packaged will also say the beer is made in the USA.

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Reader Comments

Posted by
Delores Thompson
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Busch have got over one and they should pay its not a German beer what's next

Posted by
Delores Thompson
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I purchased Busch an Beck beer I have no receipts but I have bought it many times

Posted by
Anita Jackson
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I always brought Becks beer.

Posted by
Lisa Squiteri
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I did not keep receipts bit bought a case of beck for a party.

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