LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — Consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against Zico Beverages LLC, alleging that the firm's 100% Coconut Water beverage contains added sugar despite a label that says otherwise. 

Carlos Barrios filed a complaint individually and on behalf of a class of similarly situated individuals on March 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The complaint alleges that Zico Beverages violated the Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law and the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act. 

Zico also allegedly obtained profit through unfair or deceptive trade or commerce, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege they suffered harm and injury from consumption of defendant's 100% Coconut Water drink, which was labeled with the phrase "No Sugar Added." The product does, in fact, contain added sugar, which can lead to obesity, heart disease, tooth decay and diabetes, the complaint said.

The plaintiffs hold Zico responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to disclose an ingredient in the product that may harm its consumers, failed to properly package and label food products and caused consumers to pay premium price for what they thought was a healthy product.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendant, order certifying class and designate the named plaintiff as representative and his counsel as class counsel. They also seek declaratory relief, attorneys’ fees and costs, interest and other relief as may be appropriate. They are represented by Lee Cirsch, Robert Friedl and Trisha Monesi of Capstone Law APC in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:17-cv-01712

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