In recent years, the U.S Food and Drug Administration has linked Monster energy drinks to five deaths. The company has come under significant legal fire.
If you believe your health has been adversely affected by the consumption of Monster Energy drinks, contact our law firm.
Lawsuits against Monster: An Overview
A Heart Attack on the Couch: Wendy Crossland and Richard Fournier v. Monster Beverage Corporation et al.
The spark for the case that dragged Monster into the legal spotlight didn’t occur in the usual places associated with energy drinks.
Fourteen-year-old Anais Fournier wasn’t playing extreme sports, or dancing at a club with an energy drink cocktail in hand, or pulling an all-nighter cramming for a test when she went into cardiac arrest in 2011. She was sitting at home, watching TV. She was rushed to the hospital, where she remained on life support for six days before dying. The official cause of death was listed as “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity.”
In the 24 hours before she went into cardiac arrest on her couch, Anais had consumed two cans of Monster. Combined, the two beverages contain a total of 480 milligrams of caffeine, roughly the equivalent of 14 cans of Coca-Cola.
Anais’ family claims that Monster failed to warn of these dangers. They filed a lawsuit against Monster in 2012.
One Energy Drink a Day: Felts v. Monster Beverage Corporation et al.
In the year following the death of Anais, Monster came under scrutiny again.
On a summer evening in 2012, Heather Felts had dinner with her husband of 15 years, Shane. Several hours later, she heard a thump. She found her husband on the floor of the bathroom. Heather and her two sons rushed Shane to the hospital, but it was no use.
In the two weeks leading up to his death, Shane had consumed at least one energy drink per day. In 2014, Heather filed a lawsuit claiming that Monster energy drinks contain excessive amounts of caffeine without proper labeling to warn against alleged health risks.
A Monster Habit Since Age 16: Paula Morris v. Monster Beverage Corporation et al.
Months later, Monster landed in the hot seat once again. And once again, the fatal incident centered on a young adult.
It fell on the girlfriend of 19-year-old Alex Morris to call an ambulance when he went into cardiac arrest early in the morning in July 2012. Otherwise healthy, Alex’s heart beat out of control.
Alex was known to drink two or three cans of Monster a day. He’d been drinking Monster since he was 16. In the 24 hours before he died, he had consumed at least two 16-ounce cans of Monster.
Alex’s mother filed a lawsuit claiming a link between her son’s death and Monster energy drinks.
Eighteen Cokes’ Worth of Caffeine: Brian Smith v. Monster Beverage Corporation et al.
In February 2016, a Washington state man named Brian Smith sued Monster after suffering a stroke that he says was brought on by downing four 16-ounce cans of Monster in a single day: equivalent to 640 mg of caffeine, or 18 Cokes’ worth. Mr. Smith says he has suffered lasting injuries since the stroke occurred three years ago, in 2013.
His attorney, Leo Shishmanian of Phillips Law Firm, writes in court papers, “Despite the well-known health risks associated with excessive caffeine consumption, Monster Energy is heavily marketed towards children, teenagers and young adults – those individuals most susceptible to caffeine-related injury.”
Morgan & Morgan Currently in Litigation With Monster Energy Corp.
Morgan & Morgan is currently representing a plaintiff who alleges he experienced serious, life-altering injuries in February, 2014, after drinking two 24-ounce Monster Energy beverages in a 24-hour period.
If you or someone you know has experienced heart problems, seizures, an irregular heartbeat, kidney failure, or any other adverse effects after drinking Monster Energy drinks, you may be entitled to compensation.
The attorneys at Morgan & Morgan are currently evaluating more claims against Monster Energy Corp. Our team is standing by to speak to anyone who feels he or she has a claim because of injury or illness. Fill out our contact form or call us at (855) 300-4459 now.