Monster Escapes Class Action Over Energy Drink Labels

By Kurt Orzeck (November 14, 2013, 4:14 PM EST) -- Monster Beverage Corp. dodged a putative class action alleging it didn't warn consumers over health risks associated with its energy drinks when a California federal judge decided Tuesday that the claims were insufficiently pleaded and preempted by federal law.

U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, who dismissed a previous version of the complaint, said the plaintiffs hadn't made any amendments substantial enough to support their allegations that Monster misrepresented its drinks in order to circumvent federal safety standards.

Alec Fisher, Matthew Townsend and Ted Cross claimed they were injured by the beverages, which featured labels telling consumers they hydrated consumers like...

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