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Anheuser-Busch Loses Battle in Pension Lawsuit

July 10, 2015, 4:00 AM

Former employees of an Anheuser-Busch Cos. subsidiary won a victory July 8 in their class action accusing the company of underpaying pension benefits (Knowlton v. Anheuser-Busch Cos., 2015 BL 217610, E.D. Mo., 4-13-cv-00210, 7/8/15).

A federal judge in Missouri found that the former employees of Busch Entertainment Corp. were “involuntarily terminated”—and therefore likely entitled to higher pension benefits—when their employer was sold off in 2009.

The judge followed a 2014 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which ordered the beermaker to pay enhanced pension benefits to about 60 former employees of a...

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