The lawsuits claim Monster has failed to warn consumers of long-term health hazards and protect them through testing.
Riverside, CA (PRWEB) February 12, 2016
Morgan & Morgan, one of the largest national consumer protection law firms in the country, filed several single event lawsuits against Monster Beverage Corporation ("Monster") for severe injuries allegedly sustained from the consumption of its energy drinks. The lawsuits claim Monster has failed to warn consumers of long-term health hazards and protect them through testing.
Attorneys Mike Morgan and Andrew Parker Felix of Morgan & Morgan are currently working with Attorney Kevin Goldberg to investigate claims for more than one hundred people who have allegedly suffered significant injuries after consuming energy drinks. Morgan and Felix, along with attorney Matt Morgan, held a press conference on Monday Feb. 8 at the Morgan & Morgan Orlando office announcing the lawsuits.
The life-threatening injuries claimed by these lawsuits include heart attacks, strokes, brain damage, and kidney failure. At the time of their alleged injuries, the plaintiffs ranged in age from 14 to 42 and did not have any significant prior health issues.
The grounds for complaint include product defect, improper/lack of testing, lack of warnings, and concealment of known side effects (and dangers) on the part of Monster. The lawsuits allege that because of Monster’s classification as a “dietary supplement” before 2013, its labels did not provide plaintiffs with important knowledge about the amount of caffeine in each can necessary for them to make an informed decision before consumption.
Monster energy drinks have been reclassified and must now meet FDA regulations for conventional foods, which means that all individual ingredients must be GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe). Yet, the lawsuits allege, this does not indicate that Monster’s formula has been properly tested as a mixture.
The lawsuits further allege that Monster Beverage Corporation’s marketing intentionally targets children, teenagers and young adults and encourages unhealthy consumption of its products. Monster motivates people to “pound down” its drinks and claims that they contain only “the ideal combo of the right ingredients in the right proportion.” Research supports that teenagers and young adults make up the largest growing section of energy drink drinkers. This segment of the population is most susceptible to long-term damage from overconsumption of caffeine.
Individuals who have consumed Monster beverages or similar energy drinks are encouraged to visit http://www.energydrinkslawsuit.com to learn about the risks the lawsuits claim are correlated with these products. Anyone who has experienced adverse side effects after consuming an energy drink can contact Morgan & Morgan to discuss his or her legal options.
Four lawsuits were filed in the Superior Court of California, Riverside County, on Feb. 8, 2016 (James Thompson v. Monster Beverage Corporation, Monster Energy Company, and Does 1-100, Inclusive, Case No. RIC 1601533, Robert Grim v. Monster Beverage Corporation, Monster Energy Company, and Does 1-100, Inclusive, Case No. RIC 1601523, Joel Rine v. Monster Beverage Corporation, Monster Energy Company, and Does 1-100, Inclusive, Case No. RIC 1601526, John E. Staten v. Monster Beverage Corporation, Monster Energy Company, and Does 1-100, Inclusive, Case No. RIC 1601581).
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