Summary of Action

Since 2009, several class-action lawsuits have been filed against Coca-Cola and its subsidiary Glacéau, all alleging that the companies falsely advertise Vitaminwater as a healthy alternative to soda. In fact, Vitaminwater is marketed as a “nutrient enhanced water beverage” that is good for your immune system and eyes, among other things, when, in reality, a 20-ounce bottle has over 30 grams of sugar — more sugar than many standard-sized candy bars — and nutrients consist of less than 0.5% of the content.

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, filed a brief in October 2014 as amicus curiae opposing the proposed settlement. However, on March 30, 2015, the Court approved the settlement over’s and others’ objections.

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