Antitrust Alert: DOJ sues to block Bud Light and Corona combination

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The Department of Justice has filed a civil antitrust lawsuit challenging the $20 billion proposed acquisition by Anheuser-Bush InBev of the remaining 50 per cent interest in Grupo Modelo S.A.B. de C.V., the producer of Corona Extra, the best-selling imported beer in the US. The lawsuit alleges that the transaction would not only eliminate head-to-head competition, resulting in increased prices and less innovation, but also would remove Modelo as a disruptive pricing influence in the overall marketplace.

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