what has to be one of the most frivolous lawsuits of the year, two black pastors have teamed up to sue Coca Cola over high rates of diabetes in the black community.
Delman Coates and William Lamar who both have congregations in the greater Washington D.C. area filed their lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court last week.
It’s another case of making excuses for the weak-willed from which any expectation of personal responsibility should never be expected.
Like smoking cigarettes, people should know that gobbling down gallons of Coca Cola just might not be healthy in the long run.
But the preachers are looking to cash in and make a political statement in the process.
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According to BizPac Review “Black pastors sue Coca-Cola, because it’s too hard to understand sugar’s bad for you when you’re black”:
On Thursday, two black pastors, William Lamar and Delman Coates, filed a lawsuit in the D.C. Superior Court against Coca-Cola, alleging that the beverage company participated in “false, deceptive, and misleading advertising and promotion of sugar-sweetened beverages” that had a particularly negative effect on the black community, the Washington Post reported.
“It’s become really clear to me that we’re losing more people to the sweets than to the streets,” Coates told the Post. “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 he had seen members of his congregation give bottles filled with soft drinks to their infants.
“This campaign of deception has also been bestowed on the leadership of our major Latino and black organizations,” Coates said. “The leaders of many of these organizations, like the average lay person, is just not aware of the science.”
New York University professor Marion Nestle said that minority communities have historically supported the beverage companies, as they have contributed to minority groups such as the NAACP.
“In the past, this community has supported the soda industry in opposing public health measures even though the health impact of sugary drinks is higher in that community,” she said. “It is highly significant that this community is joining the CSPI lawsuit. It should put the soda industry on notice that it needs to stop targeting African Americans who are at high risk of chronic diseases encouraged by sugary drink consumption.”
The lawsuit claims that “reasonable consumers lack the scientific knowledge necessary to determine that many of Defendants’ representations about sugar-sweetened beverages are false and misleading, including that they omit material facts about the link between such beverages and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.”
The pastors said that they have attempted to teach their congregants the dangers of sugary beverages but have been thwarted by Coca-Cola’s advertising.
There is no comment from Coca Cola whose lawyers have probably been too busy laughing to respond to his ridiculous abuse of the courts.
Why not also sue Popeye’s while they’re at it?