The issues of money, race and deteriorating attorney-client relationships are surfacing as possible reasons for this week’s split by three of the eight plaintiffs in the Coca-Cola Co. bias suit, filed last April, accusing the soft drink giant of discriminating in pay and promotions against approximately 2,000 African-American employees.

One member of the plaintiffs’ legal team says, at bottom, the dispute was over money while another simply says the three plaintiffs weren’t thinking about the class as a whole.