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AB InBev, U.S. Denied Bid for Feb. 15 Scheduling Hearing

February 11, 2013

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and the U.S. lost a bid for a Feb. 15 scheduling hearing in the government’s lawsuit to block the brewer’s $20.1 billion takeover of Grupo Modelo SAB because other parties have asked to enter the case.

U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts today said requests by Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ:US) and Crown Imports LLC, which imports Modelo’s brands in the U.S., to intervene in the suit haven’t received a response from the government.

“Because two additional entities have filed a motion to intervene to which the plaintiff has not yet responded, and the defendants have not yet responded to the complaint, it is hereby ordered that the joint motion for a scheduling conference be, and hereby is, denied,” Roberts wrote.

Roberts hasn’t ruled on the requests by Constellation and Crown to enter the proceedings.

The case is U.S. v. Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, 13-cv- 00127, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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