2 Black Pastors File Lawsuit Against Coca-Cola Claiming Company Deceives Consumers of Soda Health Risks

A lawsuit claimed Coca-Cola executives intentionally confused consumers on the link between the sugary soft drinks and obesity. (Reuters)

Two pastors filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, claiming the soda manufacturers knowingly deceived customers about health risks through its advertisements. 

William Lamar and Delman Coates claimed Coca-Cola executives ran campaigns that intentionally confused consumers on the link between the soft drinks and obesity, The Washington Post reported. D.C. Superior Court filed the complaint on behalf of the pastors and the Praxis Project, a public health group.

“It’s become really clear to me that we’re losing more people to the sweets than to the streets,” Coates, the pastor at Maryland’s Mount Ennon Baptist Church, told the newspaper.

Lamar, the senior pastor at D.C.’s historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, also echoed the same sentiment.

Coates added that he previously saw members of his congregation feeding infants Coca-Cola in baby bottles.

“There’s a great deal of misinformation in our communities, and I think that’s largely a function of these deceptive marketing campaigns,” Coates said.

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