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Suit says beer is watered down

The beers mentioned in the lawsuit include Bud Light Platinum.

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The beers mentioned in the lawsuit include Bud Light Platinum.

PHILADELPHIA — Beer lovers across the United States have accused Anheuser-Busch of watering down its Budweiser, Michelob, and other brands, in class-action suits seeking millions in damages.

The suits, filed in Pennsylvania, California, and other states, claim consumers have been cheated out of the alcohol content stated on labels. Budweiser and Michelob each boast of being 5 percent alcohol, while some ‘‘light’’ versions are said to be just over 4 percent.

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The lawsuits are based on information from former employees at the company’s 13 US breweries, some in high-level plant positions, according to lead lawyer Josh Boxer of San Rafael, Calif.

Anheuser-Busch InBev called the claims ‘‘groundless’’ and said that its beers fully comply with labeling laws.

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