This week, the city of San Francisco filed a lawsuit against the Monster Beverage Corporation, claiming that the company is putting children at risk by marketing its highly caffeinated drinks to underage consumers. The complaint alleges that Monster is violating California law by marketing its beverages to children as young as six, even though there is a wealth of scientific evidence suggesting that energy drinks have the potential to cause heart problems, high blood pressure, and seizures. Over the past eighteen months, Monster Energy Drinks have been cited in the deaths of at least five people, according to adverse event reports (AERS) submitted to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
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What’s the Problem?
The Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit, which was filed on May 6, comes just days after the company filed its own lawsuit against the city of San Francisco and Attorney Dennis Herrera. Monster’s complaint alleges that its constitutional right to free speech was being violated, and that the company was being unfairly targeted, since some of its beverages contain less caffeine than an equivalent size cup of Starbucks coffee.
However, critics have pointed out that Starbucks does not market its products to children.
“Monster Energy is unique among energy drink makers for the extent to which it targets children and youth in its marketing, despite the known risks its products pose to young people’s health and safety,” Herrera said. “Consumption of highly caffeinated energy drinks by children has been widely condemned by pediatricians and scientists, and the NCAA has banned its member institutions from providing these products even to college athletes because of the grave safety risks.”
Monster Energy Drinks have come under intense scrutiny in recent months, following the death of a 14-year-old girl who allegedly died after consuming two, 24-ounce cans of the beverage. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has cautioned that underage consumers should avoid energy drinks, as the risk of caffeine overdose is considerably more likely among children, who are advised not to drink more than 100 mg. of the stimulant per day. Most energy beverages contain more than that, and some have almost three times as much.
Energy drinks such as Monster, Red Bull, and 5-Hour Energy aren’t bound by FDA guidelines for caffeine the way sodas are, due to the fact that they are currently classified as dietary supplements. For this reason, these drinks are not required to list the amount of caffeine they contain on the product label, only that they contain the ingredient.
Do I Have a Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Monster Energy Drink Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by an energy drink, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Energy Drink Suit and our lawyers can help.