Judge to Sioux: You Can't Sue Beer Makers for Alcoholism
At least in federal court; state case may follow
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2012 1:55 PM CDT
In this 2006 file photo, a shipment of beer is delivered to a store in Whiteclay, Neb.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

(Newser) – A federal judge has dismissed a novel lawsuit filed by a Sioux tribe in South Dakota that went after beer makers and stores of a nearby town for contributing to rampant alcoholism on the reservation, reports the BBC. The $500 million lawsuit by the Oglala tribe centered on these numbers: The neighboring town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, has only a dozen residents, but it has four stores that sell more than 4 million cans of beer a year. Tribe leaders charged that Anheuser-Busch, Molson Coors Brewing Company, MillerCoors, and Pabst Brewing Company stocked the town knowing full well that the beer would end up in the hands of residents of the supposedly dry reservation.

The judge's conclusion: There's "little question" that the booze sold in Whiteclay plays a big role in the reservation's alcohol abuse. "And it may well be that the defendants could, or should, do more to try to improve those conditions for members of the tribe. But that is not the same as saying that a federal court has jurisdiction to order them to do so.” He left the door open, however, for the tribe to pursue the matter in state court, reports AP, and the judge's sympathetic language might bode well.

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Rational.-Anarchist
Oct 3, 2012 9:56 PM CDT
And let's not forget the people that forced them at gunpoint to buy and consume the beer!
ObamaliberalsSuck
Oct 3, 2012 11:19 AM CDT
Now I know why native Americans, (Idiots) support the democrat party Same MO, No personal responsibility, Law suit happy, Pay me mentality, Blame and deflect all repsonsibility away and ride the Tax payers back. All of them are idiots , drunks and no loads and want someone else to pay for it!! Yes this is Democrats to a tee!!!
RinoHunter
Oct 3, 2012 8:43 AM CDT
Yea, it says right on the cans on bottles to drink responsibly.