Two black pastors sue Coca-Cola in what could be the dumbest lawsuit in history

Two black pastors sue Coca-Cola in what could be the dumbest lawsuit in history

[Ed. – Maybe, instead of preaching to their congregations about the evils of sugary drinks, they should conduct sermons on personal responsibility.]

Citing the harm sugary drinks have caused to the African-American community, two black pastors in the Washington, D.C., area filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, in which they alleged Coca-Cola deliberately misled consumers about the alleged dangers of soda.

The plaintiffs, Pastors William Lamar and Delman Coates and public-health group Praxis, claim in their complaint filed in the D.C. Superior Court Coca-Cola and the ABA engaged in “false, deceptive, and misleading advertising and promotion of sugar-sweetened beverages.”

Lamar, Coates and Praxis say consumers have been duped into believing sugary drinks aren’t so bad for their health by Coca-Cola’s advertising and other outreach efforts. The plaintiffs specifically cite Coca-Cola’s decision to “omit material facts” about the link between sugar and health problems in their advertising and consumers’ lack of knowledge about the dangers of soda.

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“It’s become really clear to me that we’re losing more people to the sweets than to the streets,” Coates said, according to a report by the Washington Post. “There’s a great deal of misinformation in our communities, and I think that’s largely a function of these deceptive marketing campaigns.”

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