Monster Energy Corporation has begun to settle lawsuits out of court which were filed on behalf of people who were allegedly injured or died after consuming the company’s popular energy drink.
Free Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by the side effects of an energy drink, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
Update: Energy Drinks, Fruit Juice May Increase Risk of Death, JAMA Study Finds
May 21, 2019 – A study published Friday in JAMA Network Open found that sugar-sweetened energy drinks and fruit juices — including 100% fruit juice — may significantly increase a person’s risk of death.
“Efforts to decrease consumption of sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages should also include fruit juices, and these efforts need to include adults as well as children,” said Jean Welsh, associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine and lead researcher on the study.
What’s the problem?
It is uncertain why Monster appears to be favoring the settlement route in dealing with the lawsuits. Settlements can put an end to costly and drawn-out litigation. Defendants also sometimes settle out of fear that a court award could be excessively high, or as a way to prevent certain details and/or allegations about a product from being made public.
Nonetheless, Monster continues to settle energy drink lawsuits before they go to trial, including that of 14-year-old Anais Fournier, who allegedly went into cardiac arrest and died after consuming 2 Monster Energy drinks over a period of 2 days.
The problem is that Monster’s ingredients are not regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), since the product is classified as a dietary supplement, and as such is not bound by the same kind of regulatory scrutiny as other foods and beverages.
In fact, Monster Energy Drink is designated by the FDA as ‘Generally Recognized as Safe,’ or GRAS. However, critics have noted that the GRAS designation is relatively easy to obtain, as a manufacturer need only hire a third party of their choice — including a potentially ‘friendly’ entity — to conduct independent tests on the product.
Following testing, the third party provides an opinion that, according to its data, the product is thought to be safe. However, there is no requirement to reveal the data, and based on the entity’s favorable opinion, the product is officially designated as GRAS.
Critics have long called for energy drinks to be recategorized into the FDA’s food group, where the products would require stricter testing prior to approval and more rigorous compliance once they enter the marketplace.
Mother Wants Stricter Regulations Over Sale of Energy Drinks After Son’s Death
February 27, 2017 – A Florida mom who claims her 19-year-old son died after drinking just a half can of Monster Extra Strength is calling for tighter regulations over the sale and use of energy drinks by kids. Cheryl James is campaigning for the drinks to carry a warning for people who have heart problems, and also for there to be an age limit on purchasing the beverages, making it illegal for anyone under 21 to buy.
Do I Have a Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Monster Energy Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new energy drink injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered an injury after consuming an energy drink, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.