SAN DIEGO – A San Diego County resident alleges a brand of soda is falsely advertised as natural.
Karen Nelson filed a complaint on Sept. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against The Coca-Cola Co. alleging violation of the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act, California’s Unfair Competition Law.
According to the complaint in the summer of 2016, plaintiff purchased the defendant's Hansen’s Natural sodas from a Walmart store. She alleges the sodas are falsely advertised as natural because they contain artificial and and/or synthetic ingredients such as ascorbic acid and caramel color.
The plaintiff alleges that as a result of defendant’s misleading representation, she was misled and damaged.
The plaintiff holds The Coca-Cola Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly represented that the sodas have characteristics and ingredients they do not have.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order declaring this action as a proper class action and designating plaintiff and her counsel as representatives, restitution and disgorgement of all profits, attorneys’ fees and litigation costs and such other just and proper relief. She is represented by Timothy G. Blood, Thomas J. O'Reardon II and Craig W. Straub of Blood Hurst & O'Reardon LLP in San Diego and Michael T. Fraser of The Fraser Law Firm PC in Granite Bay.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California case number 3:18-cv-02225-H-AGS