Coca-Cola Beats UK Supplier's £11.5M Market Abuse Claim

By Christopher Crosby (September 7, 2021, 3:54 PM BST) -- A court has tossed a British soft drinks supplier's £11.5 million ($15.8 million) lawsuit accusing Coca-Cola of acquiring its customer data to undercut sales, saying on Tuesday there was no evidence that the soda giant abused its market dominance. 

In a unanimous decision, the Competition Appeal Tribunal struck out claims that Coca-Cola European Partners Great Britain Ltd. had lured Forrest Fresh Foods Ltd. into turning over customers' names and information about distribution quantities in a move to cut the middleman out of sales. 

The tribunal found that there was no evidence to support the wholesalers' allegations that Coca-Cola was engaged in anti-competitive behavior. Forrest Fresh's...

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