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Suit alleges Bud Light's Lime-A-Rita not low in calories

By Shaun Zinck | Dec 24, 2014

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A class-action lawsuit was filed against a popular beer maker on Thursday alleging the company was deceptive in labeling its light beer products.

Sheila Cruz filed the lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch, which makes Bud Light products. Cruz alleges the company's Bud Light Lime-A-Rita products claim to be low in calorie, but actually contain more calories than any other product sold by Anheuser-Busch.

An 8-ounce can of Lime-A-Rita contains about 220 calories and 21.9 grams of carbohydrates, according to the lawsuit. In comparison, a 12-ounce can of Budweiser contains about 145 calories and 10.6 grams of carbohydrates; a can of Bud light has about 110 calories and 6.6 grams of carbohydrates; and a can of Bud Light Lime has about 116 calories and 8 grams of carbohydrates.

The suit alleges that Anheuser-Busch deceptively concealed, omitted and misrepresented the calories in the products.

Anheuser-Busch advertises five different Lime-A-Rita flavors each varying between 192 and 220 calories, and 22.8 and 23.6 carbohydrates per 8-ounce can.

The lawsuit seeks class status for anyone who purchased any flavor of Bud Light Lime-A-Rita since it was first introduced in 2008.

Cruz is represented by Christopher P. Ridout and Caleb Marker of Ridout Lyon + Ottoson, LLP; and Kevin Mahoney, Sam Kim and Nick Poper of Mahoney Law Group, APC.

Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles case number BC 563150.

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