Dr Pepper Snapple sued over lack of ginger in Canada Dry

An Upstate New York woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the owners of Canada Dry ginger ale claiming the company misled her by stating the beverage is “made with real ginger.”

The Buffalo News reported Julie Fletcher, of Bolivar, filed the lawsuit claiming the years of false advertising hurt her economically.

In court papers, she refers to the amount of ginger in the soft drink as “miniscule” and that the natural flavor is not derived from ginger.

In the suit filed on July 10, Fletcher states Canada Dry and its parent company, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, are misleading consumers, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported.

The Buffalo News report stated that her lawyer, Michael J. DeBenedictis, said in the lawsuit, “Ms. Fletcher believed this meant that Canada Dry was made using ginger root and was, as a result, a healthier alternative to regular sodas.”

Similar lawsuits are pending in Massachusetts and California. A lawsuit in Missouri was dismissed when the lead plaintiff requested to end the case, the Buffalo News reported.

According to the Buffalo News, Fletcher wants to turn her lawsuit into a class-action suit. She is asking for an unspecified amount of damages.

The Democrat & Chronicle reported that there was no comment from Dr Pepper Snapple.