Liquid Candy On the Defense in a Court Near You?

Soft drink manufacturers were hoping that recent 24 percent plunge in non-diet soda sales in America's public schools and voluntary guidelines for reducing a child's exposure to high-calorie sugary drinks would be enough to forestall a huge lawsuit, the likes of Big Tobacco's multi-billion dollar settlements with 46 states. I wouldn't bet the farm on it, however, with the Center for Science in the Public Health partly behind the effort.

Although none of the protagonists are talking specifics, look for a lawsuit to be filed in Massachusetts, a state with strong consumer protection laws, sometime next year.

A possible problem with any sort of settlement, should one ever come: A ridiculously high number of public schools -- including 75 percent of our nation's high schools -- make easy money selling these sugary, health-harming drinks to your kids.

Fact is, the debatable "windfall" from lawsuits can never compensate you or your family enough when it comes to your health. Especially when one of the easiest things you can do for the good of your family's health and your own is to give up sodas and replace them with clean fresh water.

Yahoo News December 14, 2005

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