National news media outlets have begun reporting on the diet soda fraud
lawsuits filed against The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsi-Cola Company, and
the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. earlier in the month. One such lawsuit
is being managed by
Attorney Andrew Sacks,
Attorney John Weston and
Attorney Scott E. Diamond of Sacks Weston Diamond LLC, a leading law firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
that routinely handles
complex litigation cases. We previously discussed the details of these cases in our blog, which
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Newsgroups that have commented on the lawsuits include:
Perhaps the most interesting addition to the ongoing news stories occurred
during a segment from
Good Morning America titled “Class action lawsuits could take aim at diet soda makers”. The morning news show invited its senior medical contributor,
Dr. Jennifer Ashton, to discuss the evidence cited in the
class actions and the effects of aspartame. It is important to note that she is board
certified in obesity medicine, having gained knowledge and insight into
the topic that few others can claim.
During the segment, Dr. Ashton states clearly that there is no certain
scientific evidence that shows aspartame directly leads to weight loss.
She also noted that there is extensive data linking aspartame and other
artificial sweeteners to a myriad of health issues, including obesity,
heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Ashton also mentioned that obesity
is a complex health condition that is worsened by several factors. To
overcome obesity, people must therefore often utilize several solutions,
such as watching what they eat and drink. Being misled into thinking that
aspartame does not cause weight gain and turning to diet soda as one of
many obesity treatments is a serious problem that needs rectifying.
At this time, the diet soda lawsuits are not seeking any absolute sum of
money from the three soda manufacturers. Instead, the plaintiffs want
a jury to decide if whether or not the diet sodas were falsely advertised,
and for the word “diet” to be taken off packaging and branding
if the jury does rule in favor of the plaintiffs.
Stay tuned to
our blog for further updates and pieces of interest regarding the ongoing diet
soda fraud lawsuit. You can also
contact our Philadelphia class action attorneys if you believe you may have a valid claim against a soda manufacturer
for false advertising. We can explain your rights and the key details
of the diet soda class actions during a
free initial consultation.