Coke Buyers Get Partial Class Cert. In False Ad MDL

Law360 (February 14, 2020, 4:54 PM EST) -- A California federal judge certified six state classes Friday in multidistrict litigation accusing The Coca-Cola Co. of misleading buyers by claiming the soda contains no artificial flavors, but he denied certification to the classes' common law claims.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White found that because at least one named plaintiff from each of the six states said they would buy "properly" labeled Coca-Cola, each class has standing to seek an injunction forcing the company to change its labeling.

In addition, the judge found, because the state laws in California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Florida are on the "reasonable...

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