The case is set to go to trial in Canada

The case is set to go to trial in Canada

A contractual dispute between Miller Brewing Company (MBC) and Molson Coors is heading to court after settlement talks between the two broke down.

The case centres on an attempt by MBC, the Canadian unit of SABMiller, to cancel Molson Coors' contract to handle its brands, including Miller Genuine Draft, in Canada. Molson moved to stop this by obtaining a temporary injunciton to block MBC ending the tie-up last June. 

The dispute was due to be heard in a Toronto court in December, but the companies secured an adjournment in a bid to settle the matter out of court

SABMiller confirmed today (16 April) however that the negotiations have failed. “The parties have been engaged in settlement discussions, but have been unable to reach a settlement at this time,” a statement emailed to just-drinks said. “Therefore, we are asking the court to schedule a trial date for the matter to be heard.” 

Molson Coors offered the same comment when contacted by just-drinks. 

The two companies currently operate the MillerCoors JV in the US. A five-year lock-up period, where each had agreed not to transfer their voting or economic interests in the JV, ended last July.