Energy drink Monster Energy sued by family of fourteen year old Anais Fournier

THE family of a 14-year-old US girl is suing the California makers of Monster
Energy, alleging too much caffeine in the popular energy drink led to her death. Lawyers said the 0.7 litre cans of Monster Energy consumed by Anais Fournier, of
Maryland, in the 24 hours prior to her fatal cardiac arrest in December 2011
contained as much caffeine – 480 milligrams – as 14 cans of Coca-Cola.The ensuing autopsy cited “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity” as the
cause of death.The family is asking the California Supreme Court for “all damages allowed by
law,” claiming that Monster Energy should be held responsible for wrongful
death for allegedly failing to warn about its product’s dangers.By law, soft drinks in the United States can contain no more than 71.5
milligrams of caffeine per 12 ounces.But the limit does not apply to energy drinks like Monster Energy that are
considered dietary supplements.”These drinks are death traps for young, developing girls and boys like my
daughter Anais,” her mother Wendy Crossland said in a statement issued by the
family’s law firm, Goldberg, Finnegan and Mester.”I just want Monster Energy to know their product can kill.”In a statement, the drink’s manufacturer, Monster Beverage, said it was unaware
of any fatality caused by any of the more than eight billion energy drinks it
has sold worldwide.”Monster does not believe that its beverages are in any way responsible for the
death of Ms. Fournier,” it said, adding that it intended to “vigorously”
defend itself in

The product website for Monster Energy claims the beverage is “the meanest energy supplement on the planet … a wicked mega hit that delivers twice the buzz of a regular energy drink.”


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