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.