updated 7/8/2008 5:36:28 PM ET 2008-07-08T21:36:28

Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. is suing Belgian brewer InBev in federal court, seeking to bar its spurned suitor from soliciting support from Anheuser-Busch shareholders.

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The lawsuit filed late Monday calls InBev's unsolicited $46 billion offer to buy Anheuser-Busch an illegal scheme.

It says InBev concealed that it does business in Cuba, which could complicate its efforts to operate in the United States.

InBev filed a motion on Monday asking Anheuser-Busch shareholders to fire the company's board of directors and replace those members with a slate selected by InBev.

Anheuser-Busch's lawsuit asks a federal judge to block InBev from making any more solicitations from its shareholders.

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