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Friday, December 4, 2015

SF Attorney Sues the World's Largest Beer Producer to Halt Proposed Merger

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 11:53 AM

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The world's largest beer company wants to swallow the world's second largest, in a merger that San Francisco attorney Joseph Alioto says would create an unfair beer monopoly.

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV — which produces Budweiser, Michelob, Stella Artois, Natural Light, and Beck's — is the beer industry titan looking to buy SABMiller, brewer of Miller, Coors, Foster's, and Blue Moon.

As Bloomberg reports, Alioto filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of 23 consumers who argue that the proposed $110 billion acquisition would violate antitrust laws. The suit was filed in Oregon, which attorney Christopher Cauble explained to The Oregonian is "more impacted...due to our large craft beer industry and the large amount of people who drink craft beers."

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Get Free Food and Booze Tomorrow Courtesy of Willie Brown

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 1:39 PM

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If you’re looking for an Election Day open bar and free snacks, Mayor-for-life Willie Brown has invited the entire city to John’s Grill tomorrow, where lunch, drinks, and joie de vivre are on him.

As SFist pointed out, Brown dropped his invite casually in yesterday’s “Willie’s World” column in the Chronicle:

We’ll have Ellis Street blocked off from noon to 2 p.m. The food and the drinks are on us and the restaurant. No speeches, no campaigning and no fights.

Who will be there? Political writers, political consultants who overcharge for their mailers, ad buyers, ex-officeholders, current officeholders and officeholder wannabes.

A lot of them will be a bit on the nervous side, waiting for what the Elections Department has to say starting at around 8:45 p.m. For those of us on the sidelines, we’ll enjoy the full two hours.

If yesterday's column is any indication, the District 3 showdown between Aaron Peskin and Supervisor Julie Christensen is on Brown's mind these days, as is allegations of voter fraud in Chinatown.

"It used to be that the public housing projects were where suspicions of voting shenanigans were focused. It’s where all the black folk lived, and of course you know how easy it is to take advantage of them," Brown wrote. 

Head to John's Grill tomorrow for more sharp Willie wit and wisdom.





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Monday, July 27, 2015

San Francisco Is Getting Sued for Violating Free Speech and Brainwashing Its Citizenry

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 1:03 PM

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  • Is that soda in those mugs?

The American Beverage Association, a lobbying group and trade union that represents the “non-alcoholic, refreshment beverage industry,” is suing San Francisco. The ABA argues that the city violated the First Amendment when the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in June to require health warning labels on ads for sugary drinks.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

SF Anti-Soda Laws Apply to Coffee-Sugar Drinks Too

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 10:48 AM

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Earlier this week, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to pass legislation requiring health warnings on sugary beverage advertisements. The series of three laws also banned sugary beverage ads from city property and the purchase of sugary beverages with public funds. 

The laws were primarily framed as targeting soda, and the Big Soda lobby certainly opposed them, but another type of drink is also under attack: Starbucks' Frappuccino. According to Bloomberg Business, the law would also cover Starbuck's frozen coffee concoction, which has more calories ounce-for-ounce than a Coke. There are 93 Starbucks stores in SF whose signs and ads would have to be altered. 

So if you like to start your morning with some coffee in your sugar, get ready for this friendly reminder: "WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay."

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Despite Loss, Soda Tax Proponents Predict Big Win Ahead

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 11:24 AM

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By 8 p.m. on Tuesday night, San Francisco's Proposition  E campaign — the scrappy group of parents, researchers, and health nuts who'd tasked themselves with fighting "Big Sugar" — had been outspent more than 30 to 1.

Data from the Berkeley-based political research group MapLight showed that Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Red Bull, and Sunny Delight had amassed some $12 million to defeat the measure, which would have imposed a 24-cent tax on every can of soda sold in the city, generating an estimated $31 million in annual revenue.

Big Soda even poured money into Mayor Ed Lee, arguably the rain-maker of yesterday's election. In July, Coca-Cola lavished $10,000 in behested payments on the mayor's United Way summer jobs program. 

Money or no money, Proposition E faced tough odds, as it needed a two-thirds vote to pass; it only got a slim majority

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Red Bull Won't Give You Wings: Claim Your $10 Legal Settlement

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM

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A Bay Area serial cereal litigant named Roy Werbel had no luck in his legal quest to prove the Kellogg's people were in the wrong by misleading him into believing there's fruit in Froot Loops and that Crunchberries are a real thing. 

A New York man who took issue with Red Bull energy drinks' claim their foul-tasting elixir will "give you wings" has filed a more frootful lawsuit, however. The company has announced a $13 million settlement to a false advertising claim, and established a  website where you can claim $10 (That site, at least for now, appears to be "under construction." Perhaps a programmer needs a Red Bull. Our inquiries to Red Bull have not yet been returned).

Alternatively, you could visit this site, or call (877) 495-1568 to get the ball rolling on your $10 bonanza. 

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Cheap Beer Helps S.F. Man Escape Injury, Jail Time

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM

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  • More like beer busted

This might make for an interesting beer commercial.

A San Francisco football fan accused of hurling two 40-ounce bottles of Miller High Life at a convenience store clerk was acquitted after video showed he was merely defending himself -- from a glass of water and a bat. Jurors deliberated for about an hour on Monday before deciding that 54-year-old Pablo Rodriguez was not guilty.

Rodriguez, a neighborhood activist, was arrested Nov. 19, 2012, after spending the evening hanging out with friends at a Valencia Street bus stop, drinking beer, and watching Monday night football through the window of a nearby restaurant.

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