Business briefs: Manatee Memorial to graduate doctors

June 13, 2014 

Manatee Memorial to graduate doctors

BRADENTON -- The first graduation of Manatee Memorial Hospital's Graduate Medical Education Program will take place Saturday.

The commencement will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

Community leaders, medical staff, hospital employees and families of the graduates will gather for this special occasion.

The class of 26 includes: four family medicine residents, three internal medicine residents and 19 transitional interns. The one-year transitional internship program became accredited and was added to manatee memorial's graduate medical education program in 2012.

Many of the interns and residents, who have completed their training at Manatee Memorial Hospital, came to the program from medical schools throughout the United States.

They trained under experienced board-certified teaching physicians.

Manatee Glens hosts Chamber coffee

MANATEE -- Manatee Glens Hospital & Addiction Center will host the Manatee Chamber of Commerce coffee club June 26.

The monthly Coffee Club will take place from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at Manatee Glens, 2020 26th Ave. E., Bradenton.

Members and prospective members are invited to network over breakfast and receive updates on Chamber activities, programs and events. There is no charge for members. The event costs $10 for nonmembers.

Contact Jen Bartolone at 941-748-4842, ext. 122, for more information or visit

Drink makers can be sued for 'tricking' consumers

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court opened the way Thursday for the makers of fruit drinks and other food products to be sued for false advertising if their labels would "mislead and trick consumers."

A unanimous decision revived a false-advertising claim against Coca-Cola's Minute Maid division for selling a drink that was called Pomegranate Blueberry even though it consists of 99.5 percent apple and grape juice. About 0.3 percent is pomegranate juice.

Among those apparently fooled by this label was Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who wrote the court's opinion.

He commented during the argument that he had bought the juice at one point and was surprised to learn that it contained only a tiny amount of the juices named in the label.

Until now, many judges and food industry lawyers have maintained that food and beverage makers were shielded from lawsuits if their product labels accurately disclosed the ingredients in small print, as required by federal food-and-drug laws.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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