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Monster Beverage denies allegations in wrongful death suit

The energy drink industry has exploded in recent years. Many people consume these beverages to help them stay awake for long periods of time or give themselves an energy boost. As the popularity of these highly caffeinated beverages continues to grow, however, so does the opposition.

The California-based energy drink company Monster Beverage has denied allegations that their products are dangerous and have related the caffeine levels in their drinks to that of a cup of coffee. The company is currently litigating multiple cases, including one wrongful death suit regarding a 14-year-old girl. Additionally, the company was sued by the city of San Francisco for allegedly targeting children in its marketing campaign and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating other deaths to see if there is a connection to Monster beverages.

The girl's parents sued the company after their daughter died in the fall of 2012 from "cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity." They blame the company for the death of their daughter and allege that the drinks are dangerous and that Monster should not sell their products to children. The girl drank two Monster beverages in a 24-hour period before she died. She had a heart condition but her doctors never advised her to avoid caffeine. A California judge has sent the case to mediation.

It is never easy to deal with the loss of a loved one. This is especially true when the death occurred because of the actions of another person or company. You may be entitled to compensation for you loss. An attorney may be of assistance.

Source: CNBC, "Wrongful Death Suit Against Monster Beverage Heads To Mediation," Jason Gewirtz, May 31, 2013