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Beer money: $20M settlement in lawsuit over Beck’s packaging

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Beck's beer

MIAMI — A $20 million lawsuit settlement has been approved that would give cash to drinkers of U.S.-brewed Beck’s beer over misleading packaging emphasizing its German origins.

A Miami federal judge approved the national settlement Tuesday, October 20th. It could mean up to $50 for each household with proof of Beck’s purchases and $12 for those without receipts. A claims website is at www.becksbeersettlement.com.

Beck’s was brewed in Bremen, Germany, for more than 100 years before its 2002 purchase by the company now known as Anheuser- Busch InBev. Although the beer for U.S. consumers was made in St. Louis, Missouri, beginning in 2012, the lawsuit contended U.S. connections were downplayed in packaging that continued to boost links to Germany.

Attorney Tucker Ronzetti says consumers were unfairly charged higher import prices for a U.S. beer.