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Judge won't dismiss Vitaminwater lawsuit

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- A New York judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Coca-Cola over health claims related to its Vitaminwater line of drinks, the plaintiffs announced.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington said in a written statement that Coke's motion to dismiss was rejected in federal court on Friday.

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"Vitaminwater is no more than non-carbonated soda, providing unnecessary added sugar and contributing to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, and other diseases," said the organization's litigation director, Steve Gardner. "We look forward to representing all Americans whom Coke has deceived."

The center contends Coke has made deceptive and unsubstantiated claims that Vitaminwater promotes health and can reduce the risk of various chronic ailments. It says consumers are led to believe the drink consists of water and vitamins when there is actually sugar added to the mix.

Coke has denied the allegations and argued that the beverage's ingredients are clearly listed.

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