Boise, ID (KBOI) - Five inmates from the Idaho State Correctional Institution are suing national beer and wine companies because they say alcohol influenced their criminal actions. The inmates said they should have been warned alcohol could be addictive.
The inmates filed the lawsuit on December 10, according to the US District Court, by Keith Allen Brown and co-plaintiffs Jeremy Joseph Brown, Cory Alan Baugh, Woodrow John Grant and Steven Todd Thompson.
Major alcoholic beverage manufacturers including Miller Brewing Company, Anheuser-Busch Co., Adolph Coors Co., Brown-Furman Co., American Brands Inc., Pepsi-Cola, RJR Nabisco, Gallo's Winery, Ernest Gallo and Julio Gallo. are being sued by the inmates.
A statement in the lawsuit by says the plaintiffs have "done actions which have caused them to become incarcerated for a great portion of their lives.
"The plaintiffs claim if they had not been addicted to the products sold by the defendants that they would have lead normal lives as productive members of society."
The defendants want $700 million in compensatory damages and an additional $300 million in punitive damages.