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#1 Hum

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:02

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The mother of a teenager who died from cardiac arrhythmia last year is blaming his death on Monster Beverage Corp., alleging in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that his death was caused by habitually drinking the company's energy drink.

Alex Morris, 19, went into cardiac arrest during the early morning hours of July 1 and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court alleges Morris would not have died if he did not drink two cans of Monster's energy drink every day for the three years before his death, including the day he died.

Morris' mother, Paula Morris, is listed as a plaintiff in the case.

The lawsuit comes after the family of 14-year-old Anais Fournier, of Maryland, also sued the company last year after she consumed two 24-ounce cans of Monster and died.

"Our allegations in the lawsuits are the same and that's the peoples deaths were caused by these energy drinks and, more specifically, the defendants failure to warn about the dangers," said Alexander Wheeler, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in both cases.

Monster representatives did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The Corona-based company said previously in Fournier's case that no blood test was performed to confirm that the girl died of "caffeine toxicity" as the lawsuit claimed, saying she died of natural causes brought on by pre-existing conditions.

Monster and other energy drinks have received increased scrutiny in recent months. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of deaths linked to energy drinks, including five that cite Monster beverages, but the agency noted that the reports don't prove the drinks caused the deaths.

San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera is also suing Monster Beverage for marketing its energy drinks to children, saying the products pose severe health risks.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:10

Looks like "Drink Responsibly" needs to be a slogan for every drink these days :|



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:13

Should be suing herself. 3 years of drinking 2 cans a day. Who paid for that habit?



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:17

Looks like "Drink Responsibly" needs to be a slogan for every drink these days :|

 

Some of these really do need drinking responsibly, people under estimate them.. some are basically legal highs.



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:20

Am I the only one in my age bracket, 18-25, who doesn't drink energy drinks?



#6 ILikeTobacco

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:21

Am I the only one in my age bracket, 18-25, who doesn't drink energy drinks?

When I was that young, I never drank energy drinks. Just a 12 pack of Mt Dew a day. :shiftyninja:



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:22

And that kids is why we have "DO NOT DRY YOUR PET IN THIS MICROWAVE" among other dumbass things on products, for the stupid dumbasses out there.



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:23

I just do not understand how all of these parents seam to think the safety of their child should be in the hands of corporations, if you let your child drink it then its your problem not theirs, there is plenty of warning about these drinks all over the place. 



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:27

Am I the only one in my age bracket, 18-25, who doesn't drink energy drinks?

i'm with you, i don't do energy drinks



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:27

did Monster force the kid to drink their ######? no.

 

case closed.

 

 

they should counter sue her for wasting their time



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:28

And that kids is why we have "DO NOT DRY YOUR PET IN THIS MICROWAVE" among other dumbass things on products, for the stupid dumbasses out there.

except that's obviously not enough anymore as Monster cans already say "DO NOT consume more than 1 can PER DAY" as Snake89 already said



#12 Nick H.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:30

except that's obviously not enough anymore as Monster cans already say "DO NOT consume more than 1 can PER DAY" as Snake89 already said

There's no cure for stupid. What is it they say, take off all the warning labels and let nature run its course.

I used to drink energy drinks fairly often, these days I just fall asleep at my desk...

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:36

Am I the only one in my age bracket, 18-25, who doesn't drink energy drinks?

 

When I was 19 I drank several on some days in College just to stay awake throughout the day. I don't drink it now because I'm pretty much immune to caffeine. 



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:39

Who is going to be first with either "Only in America" or "I don't want to live on this planet any more" meme? :rofl:



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:46

Am I the only one in my age bracket, 18-25, who doesn't drink energy drinks?

I'm out of that age range, but even when in it I did not. I don't do sugary drinks at all. The occasional 5-Hour Energy shot if I have to make a long drive (6-8 hours, I do a few times a year).

 

She even said he "habitually" drank it. As in his bad habit, not the company. He didn't follow the warning on the can. It's not even healthy to drink two cans of regular soda a day for THREE YEARS, much less something like this. May as well sue the rope manufacturers if someone uses their product to hang themselves. Honestly. People have to take some responsibility. I know she's grieving but she has nobody to blame but him. He was young and like all of us at that age, he thought he was invincible and did something stupid and unfortunately it killed him. It's sad, but she has no right to sue.