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Monster Headaches for Monster Beverage Corp: Trial Begins in April

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Alameda, CAAs we get closer to a Monster Energy Drink Deaths and Hospitalizations trial due to begin in April, it is useful to review the circumstances surrounding energy drinks, their attraction and their risks.

Energy drinks promise an instant bolt of energy, primarily from a blend of caffeine and other ingredients that can vary in intensity depending upon the formulations used. While caffeine is hardly an unknown and unstudied substance (found, as it is in many soft drinks, tea and coffee), its concentration in energy drinks has worried health professionals for some time. Many drinks - including many of the Monster drink contents - have caffeine levels far higher than coffee and soft drinks. Even for those beverages formulated with caffeine levels in similar quantities to that found in a typical cup of strong coffee, health advocates make the point that coffee is served hot and is meant to be sipped. Thus, the intake is gradual.

Many fans of energy drinks tend to guzzle the contents, thus accentuating the monster caffeine levels by way of more rapid ingestion.

For some, this can and has proven to be a health hazard. In the case of Alex Morris (Paula Morris v. Monster Beverage Corp., Case No RG13685028, in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Alameda), set to begin trial next month, the 19-year-old collapsed after drinking a Monster Energy beverage, suffered a heart attack and did not survive.

“The court filing alleges that consuming these drink products over the long term can lead to cardiomyopathy or an enlarged heart, making you more susceptible to acute cardiac events or a cardiac arrhythmia,” said attorney Jacob Karczewski of the R. Rex Parris Law Firm. Karczewski, who represents the Morris family in the Monster Energy Drink injury lawsuit, made the comments to Online Legal Media’s Brenda Craig.

Health advocates remain troubled on many fronts. For one, the lack of any requirement to list ingredients on product labels, given that energy drinks are classed as dietary supplements and therefore do not fall under the normal requirements under the auspices of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for labeling. Thus, the undertakings of a manufacturer in the listing of all ingredients, and amounts on product labels, is strictly voluntary. Even were a manufacturer to list ingredients, not divulging the amounts, percentages or formulation, is of no help to a consumer attempting to know convincingly what he or she is ingesting. Caffeine levels in energy drinks - including monster caffeine levels - can be many, many times higher than coffee. Together with other natural stimulants contained in the formulation with which the caffeine reacts in kind, the stimulation to the central nervous system can be, well…monstrous.

Were a university student, for example, to guzzle a couple of energy drinks in rapid succession right before an all-night cramming session, the stimulus hit can be massive - and in some cases, dangerous.

Health advocates also remain concerned that manufacturers are alleged to have marketed these products to children, teens and young adults. In the case of the latter two demographics, teens and young adults tend to think of themselves as somewhat invincible and thereby consume products with little insight or foresight as to the outcome.

Alex Morris, the teen who died, is alleged to have begun drinking Monster energy drinks as a child, consuming monster caffeine levels in the process.

In spite of health concerns, the energy drink market continues to grow and is expected to reach the $21 billion level by 2017.

In the meantime, Monster has another monster headache on its hands: a lawsuit of a different kind. In June, the iconic rap group The Beastie Boys was awarded $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against Monster Beverage Corp. Then, earlier this year, the plaintiffs were back asking for nearly 2.5 million in legal fees.

As visits to emergency rooms from health complications stemming from over-consumption of energy drinks continue to rise, Monster Beverage Corp. and other energy drink manufacturers may have more monster headaches to worry about than copyright…

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Listen, my son died from cardiac arrhythmia and cardiomyopthy. One minute he was a young 25 year old making headway into life, next he was lying on the ground. He was an avid Monster drinker much like you all. If you all are telling me that you will keep drinking Monsters because "nothing has happened to you"; fine. The house always wins with that gamble. My two cents...had the label warned of the contents and possible effects; at least an informed decision could have been made. He had too much to look forward too to turn against a warning of possible harm. I'm confident he would have stopped. I understand the battle well. He smoked for about 3 years, but was finally quitting that as well. Once he finally understood and believed the consequences, he turned toward quitting - not easily, but at least he was aware of the consequence and was making an informed choice. With Monster, he, nor we, saw any warnings on the cans.

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These "energy" drinks contain giant levels of caffeine and other stimulants and giant levels of sugar and its far worse cousin, high fructose corn syrup. The effects are plenty bad on an adult, but the drinks are also marketed to children and young teens.

So when a 12-year old guzzles the equivalent of 15 cups of strong coffee and a sugar load equivalent to a half-gallon soda ... yes ... the physical results are harmful. And yes, predictably long-term damaging. And yes, occasionally instantly lethal.

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What if you drink 5 sodas every two hours? Are you going to start a lawsuit against the soda maker? Soda is intended to sip as well... If that's the case then void all wide mouth opening And make them the original cans.. Also how do you not know if the kid didn't have a bad heart from child birth.. It's easy to blame someone else to get money and thats that sad part...

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I drink Monsters everyday and Not one thing has happend to me i drink about 3 each day and it actully helps me when i have a migraine i really dont think theres any problem with this drink people just make up excuses!

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Desde que prove esa bebida tuve abortos consecutivos y tuve que parar en el hospital muchas veces!!

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I drank monster green and tappered down to blue monster everyday for 3-5 years and when i finally stopped last month, i now have serious adrenal gland damage which includes rapid vibrating feeling everday, i thought i was going to die. Now i cant consume any processed foods or sugar or i get that feeling again. Never ever will i drink monster or any energy drinks again. Im glad im alive my doctor said hopefully the adrenal glands are not permanently damaged.

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C.B.-you're lucky for now. Some have had heart attacks from guzzling the drinks or long term use of the drinks. At 4 a day, let's see if you're still around a couple of years from now.

The article says that "Alex Morris"-the 19 yr old teen that died has been consuming the drinks since he was a child.

The purpose of the lawsuits is so that these energy drinks are required to list their ingredients along with the amount of each ingredient. Caffeine is addictive and in large quantities can cause harmful effects on the heart as well as the kidneys. Right now "energy drinks" are not required to list their ingredients or amounts of each.

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I drink four monster's each day, never had any medical issues, don't see how this guy died from one...

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