LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - A class action lawsuit was filed against a popular beer maker on Nov. 12 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 calories, but actually contain more calories than any other product sold by Anheuser-Busch.
An eight-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 eight-ounce can, the complaint says.
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.
On Dec. 18, the defendant removed the case to U.S. District Court for the Central District of California under the Class Action Fairness Act. The lawsuit was originally filed in a Los Angeles state court.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:14-cv-09670