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Marin Attorney Leads Lawsuits Claiming Anheuser-Busch Waters Down Budweiser, Other Beers

Two Sonoma County residents file one of several class action lawsuits against Anheuser-Busch for allegedly watering down its beer.

A San Rafael attorney is at the center of multiple lawsuits alleging that InBev's Anheuser-Busch is watering down its beers, including Budweiser and Michelob. In filing a class action lawsuit in federal court late last month, attorney Josh Boxer claimed that Anheuser Busch "waters down its products, including the self-proclaimed 'King of Beers,' in order to increase profits while overstating the percentage of alcohol on their products’ labels."

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Sonoma County residents Nina Giampaoli and John Elbert, is one of several Boxer is coordinating against the beer conglomerate. Aside from the lead lawsuit in California, companion suits have been filed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other states, Boxer told Reuters. There will be about a dozen lawsuits in total, he said.

"We know Anheuser-Busch takes several readings in each line in each brewery 24 hours a day" and uses the data to water the beer down to, or below, the promised alcohol content, Boxer said.

Giampaoli claims that she regularly purchased one six-pack of Budweiser per week during the past four years at retailers like Safeway and 7-Eleven in Sonoma County. Giampaoli says "she would not have purchased Budweiser had she known that Anheuser-Busch’s representations (of its alcohol content) were false," according to the complaint.

John Elbert makes the same claim in the complaint, saying the beers he purchased "had less value than what he paid, and (he) has accordingly suffered legally cognizable damages proximately caused by (the) defendant's misconduct," according to the complaint. 

According to philly.com, Boxer is working with Philadelphia-based lawyer David Senoff, who is representing brothers Thomas and Gerald Greenberg in claiming that Budweiser doesn't pack the 5 percent punch of alcohol content it promises. 

The brothers, residents of Ambler, Pa., pound more than a case of Bud a week, between the two of them, and they have been for four years, according to multiple media reports. But when two brothers couldn't get drunk from the suds, they decided it was Bud's fault. 

According to a report in the Morning Call, Busch "denies that it shortchanges guzzlers when it comes to that 5.0 percent." The likely outcome of the case remains unclear.

Anheuser-Busch said it will fight the suit, calling it "groundless."

"Our beers are in full compliance with all alcohol labeling laws. We proudly adhere to the highest standards in brewing our beers, which have made them the best-selling in the U.S. and the world," Peter Kraemer, vice president of brewing and supply, said in a statement to NBC.

“There are no impediments – economic, practical or legal – to AB accurately labeling its products to reflect their true alcohol content," Boxer said in a statement. "Nevertheless, AB uniformly misrepresents and overstates that content.” 

To view the Greenberg's court documents, click here.

Bubbasixpack March 05, 2013 at 02:44 PM
This hits me where I live. If a six pack of stupid juice won't do it, how will I watch NASCAR and wrestling? Looks like I'll have to get a life, or go to Moylans for some real beer.
T.Sprocket March 05, 2013 at 03:02 PM
A prime example of a low life class action lawyers and plaintiffs.
Kevin Moore March 05, 2013 at 04:24 PM
How much is Bud off? 4% alcohol? No empirical data. Can't wait for the trail where they guzzle down a six pack on the stand and say, "See, I'm not buzzed!". Unless they show any evidence, this sounds like lawyers found the trailer park. Another reason for Tort reform.
Lloyd March 05, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Lets see she bought a six pack a week for 4 years. Lets call that $7 times 208 = $1456. Yep I bet that lead attorney is looking for justice for his clients. Does he have 5,6 or 8 clients that would be as much as "wow" $10k+. Yep I bet that multi million dollar suit will really have an effect on any of our lives. If you want real justice have the FDA or whatever government agency is in charge of determining if people are being cheated of "driving drunker" and then fine Anheiser Busch a boat load if guilty and take the money and use it to I don't know.. you pick .. line some litigious lawyer whose motives contributes to making everything every consumer pays will pocket to the tune of millions or perhaps I don't know .. feed hungry children, living under freeways homeless in California..What do you say Nina? was the little lost buzz if true something you want to do good or are you just another .. well I'll the readers decide the best name for you and your "courageous" philantrophic attorney.
janna nikkola March 05, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Oh, great. Someone's finally saving the world. Does this mean that more people will be able to find work, that a fewer families will lose their homes in foreclosure, that banks will stop maliciously trying to ruin the credit of borrowers who file formal complaints against them? Surely, the world will be a better place if Budweiser is forced to stop watering down their beer. Isn't this why someone would want to be a lawyer in the first place?
NOTlosernina March 05, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Breaking news! A slew of crazy drunks have filed multiple lawsuits against beverage conglomerate Anheuser-Busch claiming the company “waters down” their beers! What?#! Say it ain’t so! I have two main issues with these claims. 1) Why are you drinking Bud Light Platinum, Michelob Ultra or Hurricane High Gravity Lager willingly to begin with? 2) Again, why are you drinking Bud Light Platinum, Michelob Ultra or Hurricane High Gravity Lager willingly to begin with? What exactly were you expecting when you hocked your food stamps at the corner bodega and curled up to that heating duct under the subway? These lawsuits are comical at best and I would be surprised if a Judge does not immediately dismiss all claims and issue a few 5150′s for the plaintiff’s as well as their attorneys.
EastWestGirl March 05, 2013 at 06:00 PM
"I pity the fool." ...that goes for the sleaze bags and their lawyers.
Rico March 05, 2013 at 06:35 PM
I remember going to Utah and buying some Coors. Back at the campsite I opened a bottle and noticed that it tasted different. I looked at the label and read that the beer had 3.2% alcohol content. In California, Coors original beer is now 5.2%. Personally, I liked Coors back when I was a teenager and it was 4.2%. I never liked Budweiser at all, it tastes like soap to me, probably because the Bud brewery in Fairfield uses water from Lake Berryessa, motorboat swill water I call it. The only time that I ever drank Budweiser was at the huge keg parties up in Madrone Canyon in Larkspur. They would get 8 half kegs, and after a few beers, who can tell what it tastes like. Budweiser was the beer of choice for the old Canyon Gang, and I only drank it so I would not offend them, but I would never waste my money on Bud now.
ex-DWPworker March 05, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Budweiser's watered down? Shazam...!
Pamela March 05, 2013 at 10:07 PM
That is too funny, I've been calling Budweiser Beer flavored water for years.
Randy Ortman March 05, 2013 at 11:54 PM
What's next, hotdogs that're filled with carcass remnants? Take me out to the ballgame!
Jack March 06, 2013 at 04:40 AM
I thought people bought Budweiser because they LIKED watered down beer!
Bubbasixpack March 06, 2013 at 05:15 AM
There was a young girl from Anheuser Who thought that no one could surprise her But Pabst took a chance found a Schlitz in her pants and now she is sadder Budweiser
EastWestGirl March 06, 2013 at 05:28 AM
OMG. all the drunkards are typing!

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