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Beer maker won bottles suit

SEVEN Chinese companies were ordered to pay beer maker Anheuser-Busch InBev 500,000 yuan (US$80,900) for using and selling recycled beer bottles bearing trademarked names owned by the Belgium-based firm, a local court ruled yesterday.

AB-InBev filed a lawsuit at Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court on September 10, 2012, claiming losses since four Chinese producers used the same beer bottles with its labels and misled customers. Three retail outlets, including a restaurant, were sued for selling the beer. AB-InBev demanded 5 million yuan in compensation and an apology from the producers - Zhejiang Xiyingmen Beer Co, Heilongjiang Beiguo Beer Co, Fuzhou Xiyingmen Beer Co and Zhejiang Lanbao Investment Co, the court said.

The court said although using recycled bottles was environmentally friendly, the bottles were made with AB-InBev trademarks in the glass.


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