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Monster Energy Did Not Cause Teen's Heart Attack: Jury

Decision is first energy-drink lawsuit to ever go to verdict
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- In a landmark decision, a jury in a four-year-old lawsuit has concluded that Monster Energy drinks do not cause cardiac arrhythmias or cardiac arrest.

On Dec. 6, the jury in California Superior Court in Riverside, Calif., unanimously found that the energy drinks were not responsible for a heart attack the plaintiff suffered at age 18.

“This is the first case of this type to ever go to verdict, and I am pleased the jury listened to the medical and scientific evidence and followed the law,” said Marc Miles of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, which represented Monster Beverage in the case. “After years of unsupported allegations regarding the safety of energy drinks, the jury needed only 15 minutes to reach this finding.”

In the case of Bledsoe v. Monster, plaintiff Cody Bledsoe sued Corona, Calif.-based Monster Beverage Corp. in 2014, saying the company’s energy drink was responsible for a heart attack he suffered the year before when he was 18. The heart attack caused brain damage that Bledsoe’s attorneys said limits his ability to work and has led to high medical costs.

Monster has faced similar claims in other lawsuits but most have been settled or dismissed.

Bledsoe’s attorney, Greg Marks, told the Los Angeles Times that he plans to appeal the verdict.

More than 100 billion energy drinks have been sold and safely consumed worldwide for more than 27 years, Monster Beverage said.

Monster Energy drinks contain about 10 milligrams of caffeine per ounce from all sources.

"Monster has always been confident in the safety of its products and stands by them," the company stated. "This verdict further validates what Monster has always known: Monster Energy drinks are safe."

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