Coca-Cola Co. has seen its request approved for a pending lawsuit against it transferred to Atlanta.

A ruling by Judge Gary A. Fenner on Friday (17 March) has cancelled a hearing initially scheduled for 29-30 March in Kansas City.

Coke, along with Coca-Cola Enterprises, has been hit by a lawsuit in the US from around 60 bottlers who are angry at Coke and CCE's plans to deliver its PowerAde sports drinks direct to Wal-Mart warehouses from 1 April.

Bottlers have previously served their customers through a system of Direct Store Delivery (DSD) by using their own employees and trucks to deliver Coke products to store shelves within their exclusive territories, stock shelves and erect merchandising displays.

Earlier this month, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the second largest bottler in North America, filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit, saying that it planned to test warehouse delivery of PowerAde within its territory and objecting to these plaintiffs' attempts to stop the test.

Both Coke and CCE are based in Atlanta, Georgia.