Anheuser-Busch has readied a lawsuit against InBev, accusing the Belgium-based brewer of "deceptive conduct".

The US-based brewer filed the suit on Monday (7 July) at the US District Court in the Eastern District of Missouri. A-B has cited "an illegal plan and scheme by InBev, through a course of deceptive conduct, to acquire A-B at a bargain price".

InBev has been accused of "materially misleading" A-B's shareholders in claiming its financing for a takeover of A-B was fully committed. "Any commitments InBev has received from financial institutions "are certainly rife with conditions", A-B has alleged.

In highlighting InBev's Cuban subsidiary, A-B has again raised the subject in the lawsuit, claiming that InBev's promise that A-B's hometown, St Louis, would house the combined company's North American headquarters could not be honoured, as InBev's Cuban business can not be managed from the US.

The lawsuit is seeking an injunction to stop InBev from furthering its consent solicitation to replace A-B's board until these issues are resolved.

When contacted by just-drinks today (9 July), a spokesperson for InBev declined to comment on the lawsuit.