7th Circuit hears oral argument in MillerCoors v. Anheuser-Busch corn syrup case. Bonus: we’ve got the audio for you.

Back in September, the 7th Circuit held firm on a procedural defect in the district court’s order to remand this lawsuit over the 2019 corn syrup advertising and packaging campaign that Anheuser kicked off with the now infamous Super Bowl ads declaring that some MillerCoors beer products utilize corn syrup as part of the brewing process.

The district court case has been heated and many of the documents have remained sealed to keep expert reports regarding the exact amount of corn syrup compounds in the final beer products from reaching the public. A point that Judge Easterbrook noted during the initial oral argument.

The case expanded from an injunction on certain advertisements to cover others and packaging and those issues were briefed a while ago and given the learning curve for creating oral argument processes in a COVID-19 world, it took a little time for the oral argument to happen. But yesterday, the parties received their day in court.

You can download and listen to the full audio here:


The argument is definitely worth the listen for advertising attorneys and liquor attorneys alike. The points hit by the Anheuser brewing team involve the same as those raised in the briefs and expand on some of those points thanks to the Judge’s questioning.

Ashley Brandt

Hi there! I’m happy you’re here. My name is Ashley Brandt and I’m an attorney in Chicago representing clients in the Food and Beverage, Advertising, Media, and Real Estate industries. A while back I kept getting calls and questions from industry professionals and attorneys looking for advice and information on a fun and unique area of law that I’m lucky enough to practice in. These calls represented a serious lack of, and need for, some answers, news, and information on the legal aspects of marketing and media. I've got this deep seeded belief that information should be readily available and that the greatest benefit from the information age is open access to knowledge... so ... this blog seemed like the best way to accomplish that. I enjoy being an attorney and it’s given me some amazing opportunities, wonderful experiences, and an appreciation and love for this work. I live in Chicago and work at an exceptional law firm, Goldstein & McClintock, with some truly brilliant people. Feel free to contact me at any time with any issues, comments, concerns… frankly, after reading this far, I hope you take the time to at least let me know what you think about the blog and how I can make it a better resource.

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