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Family sues Monster for wrongful death

New Jersey energy drinkers may want to know about lawsuits involving Monster Beverage Corp. The energy drink supplier is facing its third wrongful death lawsuit in a period of nine months. Each of the lawsuits allege that the company's marketing practices have been unsafe and misleading. The newest one of these involves a claim from a dead 19-year-old's family. The claim states that his death was due to his regular imbibing of Monster energy drinks.

The families of the people who died claim that the deaths were caused by the marketing of the product to children as young as six years old, and several scientific studies prove that high amounts of caffeine can have serious negative effects on young people. Those involved in the wrongful death suits had had cardiac arrests after drinking at least two cans within a 24-hour period.

An attorney claims that the defendant failed to warn people about the dangers of the drink, causing their deaths. Recently, Monster was sued by San Francisco's city attorney, Dennis Herrera, for marketing its drinks to young children even though scientific evidence indicates that highly caffeinated drinks are dangerous for young people. Herrera is trying to get Monster to change the way the company markets its products to the public before regulators or courts decide to do so.

Product manufacturers may be unclear about warnings for their potential use, or they may present marketing that may appear to be inappropriate. Unfortunately, individuals may become seriously ill or even die. Those who believe that their loved ones suffered a wrongful death may be eligible to receive compensation. A personal injury attorney may be able to help them by reviewing the case. Depending upon the situation, those seeking damages may obtain them as a result.

Source: Bevnet, "Monster faces another lawsuit claiming teen's death is related to its products", Ray Latif, June 26, 2013

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