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Judge Denies U.S., AB InBev Bid for Hearing

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and the U.S. lost a bid for a Feb. 15 scheduling hearing in the government’s lawsuit to block the brewer’s $20.1 billion takeover of Grupo Modelo SAB because other parties have asked to enter the case. U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts today said requests by Constellation Brands Inc. and Crown Imports LLC, which imports Modelo’s brands in the U.S., to intervene in the suit haven’t received a response from the government. (Bloomberg)