Coke sues ex-vending machine partner

ATLANTA – A court battle is underway between Coca-Cola and a company that makes it possible for you to use a debit or credit card to buy a soft drink out of a vending machine.

Coca-Cola Refreshments wants USA Technologies Inc. to return nearly $1 million in fees collected from Coke vending machines after the two parted ways two years ago, according to a lawsuit filed recently in federal court in Atlanta.

CCR, the U.S. bottling and fountain operations of Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, said Malvern, Pennsylvania-based USA Technologies failed to disconnect its card-reading devices on Coke vending machines and continued to collect monthly fees as if it were still servicing the devices and processing transactions.