National business briefs for July 18, 2013

Business briefs for July 18, 2013
By The Associated Press Published: July 19, 2013
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Fertilizer industry growing

The fertilizer industry is going on a building spree, proposing new factories across the nation, many of them in small towns that are desperate for jobs. The expansion plans result from booming demand for corn and newly abundant supplies of natural gas, a major component in fertilizer production. Most of the plants would go in rural towns where economic development isn't easy.

Sports drink faces lawsuit

A judge Thursday ruled that a case challenging the claims on popular Vitaminwater drinks as misleading can move forward as a class-action lawsuit. Attorneys representing the health-advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest and consumers from California and New York have accused Coca-Cola Co. of using deceptive labeling on Vitaminwater beverages, including claims that they reduce risks of disease and boost the immune system. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Levy said in a ruling in New York that the lawsuit can proceed as a class-action lawsuit. The plaintiffs can seek injunctive relief, which would prevent Coca-Cola from making certain claims for the product.

Coke ad disputed

Authorities in the United Kingdom have banned a Coca-Cola television ad because they say it can mislead viewers about how easy it is to burn off the calories in a Coke. The ad in question, which is also shown in the U.S., shows a variety of activities like dog walking, dancing and laughing that it says would burn off the 139 calories in a single serving of the soft drink. But the Advertising Standards Authority, which regulates advertising in the U.K., says the ad doesn't make clear enough that all of the activities need to be done in combination in order to burn 139 calories. It noted that some viewers who complained thought only one of the activities was needed. Coca-Cola representatives did not immediately return a request for comment.

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