US: Monster Beverage defends itself over 'injury' lawsuit
Monster is gearing up for another legal battle
Monster Beverage has said there is no “credible evidence” it is implicated in the case of a 16-year-old boy who suffered heart failure and an unspecified injury after allegedly drinking a can of the firm's namesake energy drink.
The California-based company is facing a lawsuit from Angela Wheat, the guardian of the Oklahoma boy, named as Jason Hamric. A complaint lodged by Wheat in January last year claimed that Hamric “collapsed and lost consciousness,” resulting in “full cardiopulmonary arrest with no pulse or blood pressure” after consuming a can of Monster energy drink, according to the website of law firm Mulcahy.
However, in a statement yesterday (21 July) on the "pending" lawsuit, Monster Beverage said: “There is no credible evidence that Jason consumed a Monster Energy Drink the day of the incident.”
It added: “The evidence in this case shows the only person that saw him with a drink that day was Bill Ledbetter, a pastor at the Fairview Baptist Church.
“When deposed and interviewed, Pastor Ledbetter stated that Jason was holding a 'silver can'. In 2011, when this incident occurred, Monster had no product that was even close to being described, as in a silver can. We are truly sorry about Jason's injury, but we are confident that once all the evidence is heard, it will be shown that Monster had no responsibility in this case.”
Monster has been facing a host of other legal issues. The group was involved in a lawsuit last year over allegations that its energy drinks contributed to the death of a 14-year-old girl in 2012. It is also fighting legal action brought by San Francisco's City Attorney, who alleges that Monster is “violating” California law by targeting children with its products.
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