Coca-Cola Hit With $5M Class Action Over Deceptive Ads

Law360, Los Angeles (March 20, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT) -- The Coca-Cola Co. was hit Tuesday in Illinois federal court with a $5 million proposed class action accusing it of deceptively advertising and labeling its soft drinks as natural and healthy when they actually contain artificial flavoring and chemical preservatives.

The suit alleges that the world's biggest beverage company broke federal and state laws by fraudulently and negligently saying on its 2-liter bottles and other packages that its products have "no artificial flavors. no preservatives added. since 1886." — even though they contain phosphoric acid, an...
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