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Doctor Certified in Obesity Medicine Comments on Diet Soda Lawsuits

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 you can view by clicking here.

Newsgroups that have commented on the lawsuits include:

Perhaps the most interesting addition to the ongoing news stories occurred during a segment from ABC’s 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.