Summary of Action
In July 2014, the parties to five of the class actions (ones pending in Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, and the Virgin Islands) reached a settlement agreement that consists solely of meaningless injunctive relief and $1.2 million in attorneys’ fees. Under the terms of the agreement, the class members are to receive zero cash reimbursement. Coca-Cola also gets to continue calling its product “Vitaminwater” and can still market the sugary drink in a deceptive manner.
Because the agreement does not provide any real benefit to consumers, TINA.org filed a brief in October 2014 as amicus curiae opposing the proposed settlement. However, on March 30, 2015, the Court approved the settlement over TINA.org’s and others’ objections.
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