Mother sues Monster for teen's death

Oakland woman says son drank two cans every day
Associated Press
Jun 26, 2013

The mother of a teenager who died from cardiac arrhythmia last year is blaming his death on Monster Beverage, 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 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 faced 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.




It's the schools fault for not teaching the kids how to read!


i hate two kidney stones from drinking to much pop and energy drinks.. can i sue them also?

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I think that some people's bodies can handle something like this and others can't. There are a lot of people out there that take the "5 hour energy" drinks. Is there a difference? Some people can die from peanuts, others have no problem. We cannot stop producing food because some systems cannot handle it. That being said, my sympathy goes out to any parent who loses a child.


I went to a gas station/convenience store out of town earlier today. I asked for a 5 hour energy drink. They work well for me when and if I want them. I had to produce an ID. I'm freakin' 54 years old with gray hair. This is gettin' stupid.

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IMO this lawsuit is ridiculous!! Mommy can't control what a 19 year old ADULT buys; kids are legally adults whether they act it or not at the age of 18! People have to understand that suing a major company is not always going to grow a money tree in their backyard. I'm sorry this kid is dead, but he chose to drink something that is loaded with caffeine.

I make the choice to drink Pepsi and smoke cigs. If my teeth rot and fall out that's my fault because I know how much sugar is in there, not the Pepsi Company. If I develop cancer from smoking, that's my fault too. I make the conscious choice to drink Pepsi and smoke; no one is holding a gun to my head telling me to do so.

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Who bought the teen the Monster Energy Drinks? Last time I checked you were required to be at least 18yrs old to purchase them. Liability should be placed more in the parents hands, especially if they can recall their child drinking 2 a day for the past year!? There are very clear warnings printed on the cans as to recommended consumption of the energy drink. Who would let their kid drink those that frequent? Seems like more and more cases pile up every year of "lack of adequate parenting" and everyone is so fast to point the finger of blame everywhere but at themselves. JMHO!


Just more "Its not my fault" mentality going around this nation. Lets sue someone because my son bought and drank 2 cans of a drink everyday. Yup, its the company's fault, they forced my son to drink it????

This country is so backward anymore. Nobody can accept responsibility.

Whats next....sue McDonalds for heart attacks and obesity. "They made me eat it"