Anheuser-Busch Sued By Inmates Who Say Booze Made Them Criminals

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Don't drink the wine if you can't do the time.
Five inmates at a prison in Idaho have sued Anheuser-Busch, along with several other alcoholic beverage producers, claiming that had they only known that alcohol is addictive, they wouldn't have touched the stuff.

Instead, delicious Budweiser and Michelob ruined their lives and made them do a string of awful things for which they were caught and are currently serving time for.

They would like $1 billion, please and thank you.

The plaintiffs -- Keith Allen Brown, Steven J. Thompson, Woodrow J. Grant, Cory A. Baugh and Jeremy J. Brown -- wrote the complaint themselves and don't have lawyers. They're blaming A-B, Coors, Miller, Gallo Wineries and the makers of Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Jose Cuervo, Stolichnaya Vodka, Southern Comfort, Canadian Mist and Korbels Brandy.

"This case is about the failure of the named defendants to have any type of label on the product that they sell to the general public, that advises the general public that they are purchasing and that they are consuming a product that is habit forming or is addictive," the suit reads.

Each of the five men also submitted an affidavit detailing their lives of addiction and crimes, calling alcohol a "gateway drug" that lead them down a path of destruction. Each earnestly stresses that they could have had totally different lives if there were simply a warning label on booze.

Here's what Jeremy Brown had to say:

In 2001, while I was consuming alcohol, and while I was under the influence of alcohol, I was involved in a shooting incident in which a man was very seriously injured. I entered a guilty plea to this shooting, but if I was not an alcoholic, the shooting would never have happened...I have been continuously incarcerated since the shooting incident in 2001. Not one day goes by that I do not crave alcohol. I dream about drinking alcohol.

The complaint strikes an optimistic note, saying this has the potential to be the "largest legal action ever filed in the United States," comparing it to the Big Tobacco lawsuits. What a delicious thought -- if this went anywhere it would be absolutely mind-blowing.

What do you think -- would a jury have to be drunk to take this thing seriously?

Here's the main complaint, after the jump a couple of the plaintiffs' affidavits:

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James Schmidt
James Schmidt

Punch them in the bean bag and lock the door.


Let's not forget the folly of the system in all cases.  There have been a number of drug dealers and "suppliers" charged and convicted after selling or giving drugs to people who subsequently overdosed and died. Doesn't take away the frivolity of this suit, but the precedent has been set.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

this is the biggest croc of shit story i have ever heard. they made the decision to drink the alcohol. a/b didnt put a gun to their head and force them to drink it. they chose to. these people are just trying to pull off a get rich quick scheme. so they can go and buy more alcohol and end up back in prison. alcoholism is an illness. do your homework and read up on it. research on google the drs. oppinion about alcoholism. they are the problem. not a/b or any other brewery or distillery. it will tell you in detail how alcohol affects certain people. stop blaming others for your actions. you are the problem. not anheiser busch or any brewery. you wanna know what the problem is, LOOK IN THE MIRROR!!!!!!!!

John L. Williams
John L. Williams all drug addicts get to sue their dealers too? Let's sit back and watch the system work.

Benjamin Braun
Benjamin Braun

I realize they aren't getting $1 billion. I just hope they don't take six figures in a settlement and walk away happy.

Russ Weiss
Russ Weiss

Think of all the women who could sue because AB helped get them pregnant. Or all of the str8 guys who had a gay experience - several times. The list can go on and on and on,...

Michelle Peterson
Michelle Peterson

At least it is typed and not written on the back of a napkin.

DoucheMcGee topcommenter

What bullshit - all these bogus lawsuits brought by people who cannot take responsibility for their own actions.


This is the most frivilous crock-of-shit lawsuit ever filed. What's next, suing GOOGLE because some nut case  purchased a  hammer on GOOGLE and and then used it to beath his grandmother to death? (really happened.) The  convict gold-diggers who filed the suit know full well the problems that alcohol can cause in some people.  Alcohol as a gateway drug? - you gotta be kidding.This is not only a blatant money grab but a case that will drag on in court for god knows how long, and at a cost of millions.  Hopefully the judge who gets this case will dismiss it as frivilous and without merit.

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