Anheuser files brief to end corn syrup dispute alleging tests show Miller Lite and Coors Light “DO” contain corn syrup it the finished product. “Corn syrup is not fully fermented by the yeast.”
When last we reported on this particular facet of the MillerCoors Anheuser-Busch corn syrup litigation, it was an interesting exchange noted from the oral argument. Judge Easterbrook noted in oral argument as an oddly astute aside that it must be hard to remove all residual sugars in a product. You can read about that and listen to the oral argument about the beer here.
He’s right. And he would also likely have access to the sealed documents. Which, Anheuser-Busch just moved to unseal and, which Law360 is reporting say that Anheuser-Busch has conducted testing that proves its competitor’s beers actually contain corn syrup.
This is important because that kind of evidence and fact might work out to be a complete defense and bar to MillerCoors’ claims.
The report is borne out by the brief in support of summary judgment which, although redacted, starts off on this note:
You can read the full (albeit redacted) brief in support of summary judgment here.
Additionally, Anheuser is looking to get this information into the hands of the public and they’ve filed a motion to unseal the record.
You can read Anheuser’s motion to unseal here. It strikes a noble note discussing full access for the public to substantive records (don’t be fooled, they’d argue the exact opposite if the shoe was on the other foot and they had evidence about their beer they wanted kept out of the public realm). Also, they allege it’s all MillerCoors doing that this information has been kept in the private realm. Probably worried that nosy bloggers might pick up the legal docs and disseminate them…